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Sir Ian McGeechan has Bath play-off hopes

Sir Ian McGeechan
McGeechan will take over as Bath coach next season

Sir Ian McGeechan is adamant Bath are still within striking distance of the Premiership play-offs, despite slumping to a third defeat in a row at Saracens.

Bath went down 20-9 at Vicarage Road and are now 13 points off fourth spot, although they do have games in hand.

"We've five games to go and there's a lot of points on offer," director of rugby McGeechan told BBC Somerset.

"There'll be points lost elsewhere so I'm still looking at that fourth spot and making sure we're thereabouts."

Bath have games in hand on every team above them in the table bar third-placed Gloucester and the run of defeats was against the top three in the league.

Of their remaining matches, three of which are at home, four are against teams below them in the table with the visit of Harlequins potentially the most testing.

And McGeechan believes there are positives to take despite recent setbacks and the lack of any tries in the defeats by Sarries and Leicester.

"We're defending well and that's the best part of our game," he reasoned.

"We need to look hard at our attack. We should be more of a threat than we are.

"It's not rocket science. If you hang on to the ball you'll score the points, whether it's penalties or tries.

"If you don't hang on to the ball you're just giving your opponents easy opportunities to have it back and be the threat.

"We have to keep working at becoming tough when we keep it, because we're tough when we don't have it."

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see also
Saracens 20-9 Bath
03 Apr 11 |  Rugby Union
Head coach Meehan to leave Bath
29 Mar 11 |  Bath
Bath 6-37 Leicester
26 Mar 11 |  Rugby Union
Gloucester 34-22 Bath
05 Mar 11 |  English

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