Bath can unlock Saracens defence

Date published: October 3 2014

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Bath coach Mike Ford believes his side have the attacking weapons at their disposal to break down Saracens’ defence on Friday.

Bath coach Mike Ford believes his side have the attacking weapons at their disposal to break down Saracens’ defence when they welcome the English Premiership leaders to The Rec on Friday.

Saracens, last term’s beaten Premiership finalists, have started this season with four successive league wins and even without injured England fly-half Owen Farrell, the London club will present a formidable challenge to their west country hosts.

However, third-placed Bath – who’ve won three and lost one of their four league matches this season – made the rest of England’s top flight sit up and take notice with their 45-0 thrashing of perennial contenders Leicester.

“It is a huge test. They (Saracens) were the only team we didn’t take any points off last season. We know what is coming, everyone knows what is coming,” said Ford.

“We think, though, we’ve got a game that can unlock them. The proof will be in the pudding. It will be an exciting game.

“We are playing a champion side at home on Friday. We’ve got to make sure that what we learnt (last Saturday) we take into the next game.

“We are getting there. The last 25 minutes (against Northampton) showed what a good side we are going to be. It’s a long, long season.

“Last year, we went to Northampton and didn’t get a bonus point; last season, we played Leicester at home and didn’t get a bonus point.

“Every game we’ve played this season we have done better than last year (in the corresponding fixture), which is very good.”

Former England playmaker Charlie Hodgson continues at fly-half for Saracens but England centre Brad Barritt has been ruled out with a minor calf injury.

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