Bath will climb Premiership table: Luke Watson

Bath’s new South African player Luke Watson believes that his team’s brand of rugby will see them climbing the Guinness Premiership table.

Twenty Six year old Watson who plays as back-row forward has arrived in Bath after his Western Province team were knocked out of the Currie Cup at semi final stage.

Watson was enjoying some fine form after playing in the Currie Cup and Super 14 competitions.

“We’ve got to stick with what we’re doing because eventually it’s going to come off,” Watson told BBC Points West.

“One or two points here and there and we could be right at the top.”

Watson joins Bath who boast the likes of Butch James and hooker Pieter Dixon both of whom Watson has played with in South Africa.

Watson says that it was their recommendations along with Bath’s style of rugby that helped the Springbok make his decision.

“I do enjoy giving the ball some air and throwing it around,” the former Western Province and Stormers man said.

“We do play an expansive game, a high-risk game but it’s what Bath is famous for and it’s what makes us the team we are.

“With the kind of quality that’s at the Rec it’s the type of team that’s going to rise to the top eventually.”

Watson is not a popular player in South Africa after saying at the Ubumbo rugby festival that wearing the Springbok rugby jersey made him feel ill and that he struggled not to vomit on it.

When playing away from Cape Town he is often booed from the stands.

He acknowledges that by coming to England any hopes of adding to his 10 international caps will be put on hold although his chances of further caps appears to be slim.

“It’s a conscious decision I’ve made and a sacrifice I’m happy to make,” he said.

“I’m not here to tour the northern hemisphere, I’m not here to earn the pound or extend my fame I’m coming to play some rugby.”

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