Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club Bath Rugby player Michael Claasens has admitted that if the club is to reach their stated ambition of becoming a top four side once again this season, then the Christmas period is the most important time for the club.
The club from The Rec faces the might of the defending champions Harlequins FC on Friday night before facing record Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers and the 2011 champions Saracens FC ahead of a busy Christmas schedule for the club, which, Claasens says, will be the defining point of the season for the club.
With eight games of the season already played, Bath find themselves sitting at seventh in the table with four wins and four losses out of the eight matches, including a last minute 16-9 reversal at the hands of the newly promoted London Welsh last time out.
The summer saw plenty of changes behind the scenes for Bath Rugby as the club from the West Country brought in former South African national team coach Gary Gold as their new Director of Rugby and Toby Booth, the former coach of fellow Premiership club the London Irish also came on board in Gold’s coaching staff. And the South African Claasens who came on for his 150th appearance for the club in their LV= Cup encounter has stated that the time is running out for the club to give excuses.
He mentioned that the club had undergone a sea change over the summer in terms of the coaching personnel. He mentioned that everyone needed time to re-learn bits and pieces and to adapt to Gold’s techniques but that time is over now and the fans of Bath Rugby are growing impatient day by day. They ant results and it is their duty to give them the results.