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BATH RUGBY: Ford’s focus is on Bath’s away woes
BATH coach Mike Ford is more concerned about curing his side’s travel sickness than their current tendency to only play for half a match.
Ford’s men went scoreless in the second half of last weekend’s win over London Irish after a devastating first-half effort had all but wrapped up victory.
It followed similar performances against Leicester at home and at Saracens the previous week, where they improved markedly in the second period after being blown away in the opening 40 minutes.
With just one league win on the road last season though, Ford is focussing on altering that statistic, starting at Sale tonight.
“It’s an important game for us in terms of where we are in our cycle,’’ he said.
“We have to start completing regularly away. The Rec has been quite good for us in the last 12 months but away form hasn’t.’’ Ford remains sanguine about Bath’s tendency to play in fits and starts “Obviously we want a full 80 minutes performance, but you could argue Saracens played well against us in one half and so did Leicester,’’ he added.
“For me, in rugby you are always striving for perfection. We are looking at it. We want to win things and if you want to do that, you have to do it over 80 minutes.
“But we also understand that you have got to credit the opposition too. That’s rugby for you.
Lock Dominic Day is set to miss out with a twisted ankle, as is threequarter Matt Banahan, while full-back Anthony Watson has a tight hamstring.
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