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Bath chief Nick Blofeld eyes top two Premiership spot

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Bath still keen on Rec - Blofeld

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld says the target this season is to finish either top or as runners-up in the regular Premiership season.

They squeezed into the fourth play-off spot last season and then lost out 15-6 to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

"We're aiming for a home semi-final, that's what we want," Blofeld told BBC Points West.

"To bring a semi-final home and have the crowd behind us here would be a fabulous achievement."

Blofeld continued: "We've been knocking on the door for a few years and had away semi-finals."

Bath have had a mixed start to their current campaign, having won three and lost three of their first six league fixtures and currently lie in sixth spot.

And despite having an ageing pack, most of which are the wrong side of 30, Blofeld is convinced the squad is good enough to achieve their goal.

"There is definitely enough experience and ability in this squad to mount a serious challenge," he said.

"We've struggled a little bit in the second row as we've had two significant injuries[to Peter Short and Scott Hobson].

It's a matter of peaking at the right time anyway and I'd rather be slightly under-cooked now and going on all cylinders post-Christmas.

Nick Blofeld

"We're spluttering a little and had some fabulous passages of play but we've had some flat patches and need to find that consistency.

"It's a matter of peaking at the right time anyway and I'd rather be slightly under-cooked now and going on all cylinders post-Christmas."

Off the field, the long-running saga of where Bath might be playing their rugby in years to come has yet to be resolved but Blofeld says they are working hard in the background.

"We are making good progress, the council are being hugely supportive and the charity commission pretty supportive as well," he said.

"We've looked at two or three options but are preference is to stay here[at the Rec] and I think there is a reasonable likelihood we can.

"We need to go to public consultation shortly which will have a massive involvement with the whole community, if we get the green light to stay here."



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