TOM Dunn wants to see Bath make their threats count as they try to keep up the charge towards the knockout stages of the European Champions Cup this weekend.

Todd Blackadder’s side suffered a first defeat in the competition last Saturday when they went down 24-20 away at three-time champions Toulon.

The two sides renew battle at the Rec on Saturday and victory is a must for Bath if they hope to remain in with a shout of topping Pool Five.

Bath are currently second on nine points, three behind Toulon, but a bonus-point success for Scarlets over Treviso last time out has seen them move up to seven.

Although impressed by Bath’s gutsy display out in France, hooker Dunn hopes they can raise their game a little further on home turf.

“There were some great aspects of our game last weekend,” said Dunn, who hails from Studley in Trowbridge.

“Our set-piece went really well, our defence was outstanding at times and so was our attack. We made some good line breaks and we just need to make sure we capitalise next time.

“I think we just need to keep hold of the ball a bit more. We just threw some 50-50 passes. We need to make sure they stick or keep hold of the ball to build more pressure on them.

“I don’t know what the points are in the group but what I do know is that we have just got to win this weekend.

“That is as far as we are looking at the moment.”

Bath made a mighty 249 tackles in the Stade Mayol, with Dunn topping the list on 31, and the 25-year-old says standards have now been set when it comes to the team’s defensive effort.

“Europe is a very difficult competition to play in but so is the Premiership,” said Dunn. “There are no easy games, your defence gets tested every week and it’s a test for your mindset too. Do you really want to be here? Do you really want to go out there and have line speed and make dominant collisions?”

He added: “I think that we were there at the weekend and I hope we will be there for the rest of the season now.”

Meanwhile, Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau looks likely to miss the start of Wales’ Six Nations campaign after suffering a knee ligament injury against Toulon. The club revealed he is likely to be sidelined for 12-16 weeks.

Director of rugby Blackadder said: “We’re really disappointed for Taulupe – he’s been in great form this season, so it’s really unfortunate.

“However, he’s in great hands with the medical team and we look forward to having him back on the pitch soon.”

The Six Nations Championship gets under way on February 3, with Wales hosting Scotland on the opening weekend.