Bath Rugby playoff chances will be boosted by win

Mike Ford, the head coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby, believes a win for the club against the Sale Sharks in the Premiership would give their play-off prospects a major boost.

Bath won 44-23 against the London Irish in a brilliant display last Saturday but with the Sale Sharks winning against fellow play-off hopeful the Northampton Saints, it means that there are still six teams that are capable of making it into the play-off semi finals of the Aviva Premiership.

The former rulers of the English game before the advent of professionalism still have a seven point edge over the Sale Sharks and the competition could be completely killed off if they can beat the side from Manchester at home this weekend.

Should the Sale Sharks manage to upset the odds and beat Bath Rugby, however, they will be right there in the mix for a spot in the playoff semi finals and this could make things very interesting going into the final four games of the regular season.

And according to Ford, this represents a huge game for both the club and if they manage to clinch a win, then they will be a bit more secure about their position in the top four while for the Sharks, it represents a chance to close in on the top four and have a real go at the top four sides.

Ford also mentioned that Sale will have a lot of confidence going into this match against Bath Rugby having beaten a side that has remained in the top two throughout the season and they will also have the momentum on their side. However, the match is at The Recreation Ground and Bath has a tremendous record there and will look to keep that fantastic record.