BATH RETURN IN STYLE

Bath returned to form in style running in two tries as they crushed London Irish 30-3 to bring an end to their recent losing streak.

Bath had lost 5 in a row, not winning in the league since October in the build up to the New Years Day clash with the Exiles. Head coach, Sir Ian McGeechan, was under significant pressure to bring the West Country giants back to winning ways.

For a team that has been lacking form to such an extent they played with an impressive free flowing style, running in a try in each half, through Anthony Perenise on 16 minutes and Michael Claassens on 58 minutes with a penalty try also being added in the closing minutes.

Three penalties from New Zealander, Stephen Donald completed the scoring for Bath but it was their defence where they particularly impressed. To keep Irish down to 3 points is an impressive feat and if Bath can maintain this new found tightness when their backs are against the wall they could well be set for a winning run as impressive as their recent losing one has been frustrating. Their odds of winning the Premiership shortened on the Betfair Rugby Union Betting exchanges on the back of the result.

They dominated this encounter from beginning to end, defending strongly and fairly, allowing Tom Homer to add just a solitary penalty for the visitors in the first half. The rest of January will show whether this was just a flash in pan display or a genuine return to form. Trips to Saracens and Montpellier are followed by home ties against Glasgow and Northampton.

If January and February prove to be successful months for Bath the tightness of the Premiership table could see them rise into play-off contention, they are looking good for top spot in their LV= Cup group and they have an outside, although very unlikely, chance of getting something out of their Heineken Cup group. Much will depend on how the team copes through the international break (when the latest 2012 Six Nations betting odds tell us that England are favourites).

It may be premature after just one result but Bath could be back on form and could be able to get their season back on the rails after a difficult few weeks.