There were some long hard conversations in the Bath dressing room after our defeat to Northampton last weekend.
We all sat there knowing our performance was unacceptable and not up to the standards that we set ourselves - or that the club’s fans expect of us.
There were a few words spoken in a big post-game team meeting. We simply have to sort it out.
Saints are a quality team but they don’t cut you to shreds with risky, expansive rugby. They play to their strengths and they do the basics very, very well.
Their set-piece is strong, they play a simple game and their breakdown was excellent.
Our bread and butter was not up to scratch and we never got the platform to play the game we wanted to play.
At half-time, despite not playing our best, we were still in it at 16-6 down. In those situations, the players talk about sticking to our guns, improving what we are doing and trying to get the next score.
That never materialised.
I came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and, while we were trying to get back into the game, Northampton had a nice points cushion and were just able to pin us back with a good kicking game.
It was very frustrating and we couldn’t get anything going.
After the final whistle, we spoke honestly as a group about the areas we need to improve in and we have two weeks to make sure that we do that before we go to Sale’s Edgeley Park for the final time, next Friday.
Because of the nature of the Aviva Premiership this season, we are still well within a shout of grabbing a top six finish and, with it, a place in the Heineken Cup. There are just four points between us and Gloucester with 15 points to play for.
That provides the squad with a real carrot and, coupled with the pain from the defeat by Saints, we will be strongly motivated to put it right.
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