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Banahan eyes Premiership playoffs

22nd April 2014 12:23

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RUGBY RUGBY UNION AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY UNION TOURNAMENT MATT BANAHAN CELEB V WORCESTER

Record-breaker: Matt Banahan

After scoring what may prove a crucial try against Worcester on Saturday, Matt Banahan focuses in on the Premiership playoffs.

Banahan's late five-pointer at The Rec saw him take top spot on the club's overall try-scoring charts in the competition, but more importantly, bagged a vital bonus point for Bath in the race for the semi-finals.

With Leicester Tigers going down to Harlequins on Friday, the 32-20 victory for Mike Ford's men helped them leapfrog the Welford Road side in third place, and are now five points clear of Quins in fifth.

"If that stat is true then it's a very special try, and it means a lot anyway to get us in the position we are in now," Banahan told the Bath Chronicle.

"If we can finish it off and get in the top four then it'll feel even greater. We've just missed out for so many years, so it'll be good if we are able to get back in there.

"It's still all up for grabs and we've just got to keep playing our game, we can't worry about anything else at the moment.

"We don't want to be relying on other results and other teams' performances. We just want to concentrate on ourselves and our games. If we win the last two then we deserve to be there."

Banahan's try killed off a brave Warriors comeback, after Dean Ryan's men had trailed by 17 points only to claw Bath back to within a score, and the hulking back let off steam when he dotted down, celebrating in front of his family in the stands.

"The celebration was a culmination of everything," added Banahan.

"There was a frustration within all the boys as we knew all game we could get the five points and had tried our absolute utmost to get them.

"If you're the one scoring to get that at the end of the game, you've got to be satisfied for the whole team.

"And for me personally, it's always nice to score underneath where my son sits. That's who I was looking up at, it makes his day and it makes my day seeing him smile. It's always nice to see the family so happy when you play well."

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