Mar 31, 2016
Five Bath Players To Watch Tonight
Ahead of Saracens trip to the Rec we preview some of Bath's finest stars and outline the danger men to look out for on the pitch.
The Tongan born Japanese International has impressed since arriving at the Rec at the beginning of this year. A powerful number 8, he is renowned for his explosive movement and made a big impression at last year’s World Cup, holding his own against Scotland, the Springboks and Samoa. This form caught the eye of Mike Ford, who, on needing a replacement for the departing Sam Burgess, sought the expertise of the Japanese International who has now scored four tries in five games for his side. Bath are now looking to extend his contract beyond the end of the season.
The Zimbabwe born Scottish International is renowned for his threat around the breakdown area. He is a powerful defender and loves to take opportunities to run with ball in hand. Denton has over 30 caps to his name at international level and was part of the Scotland squad for this season's Six Nations.
One of the star men from Eddie Jones’ victorious grand slam winning team, Watson is renowned for his skill under the high ball and his capacity to accelerate quickly. His dangerous pace has the potential to cause problems for the Saracens defence who will be looking to ensure he is closely marked on Friday evening.
Francois Louw has been at Bath since 2011 and, with his ever growing stature within the club, is a key leader amongst the Bath players. Known for his influential presence in the back row and his capacity to cause havoc in the breakdown area, the battle between Loew and the Saracens back row will be an interesting focus point of the game.
Fly half Ford had a solid campaign at this year’s 6 Nations, forming a positive partnership with Saracens’ Owen Farrell who featured at 12. This weekend, both men will be paired against one another with Farrell returning to the number 10 jersey for his club. Ford made his debut for England against Wales at the Six Nations in 2014 and is admired for his excellent place kicking and flair in attack. He was the youngest player to play in the LV=Cup competition at 16 years of age.