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Brookes: We believe we can match Bath's challenges

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Coming back into the Aviva Premiership for the first time in four weeks after disappointingly dropping out of the Anglo-Welsh Cup after results did not go their way, Saints travel to Bath hoping to right the wrongs of their last meeting in the season opener back in September.

Kieran Brookes says that the mood is a positive one at the Gardens after putting in some stronger performances in the last few week and coming into the game off the back of an impressive win over Scarlets last weekend.

“The atmosphere at the club is very positive,” the Saints prop told PremiershipRugby.com ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“We reviewed the game from last weekend and found a lot of things we think we did well but some things we can work on and improve heading back into the Premiership cycle.

“Bath bring some huge challenges, especially up front, but we are going into the game with a lot of confidence and believe we can match those challenges.”

Thinking back to the first game of the season and the disappointment Saints felt following that result, Brookes said that Saints need to show the same kind of attack the showed in the final twenty minutes of that game in order to get the win tomorrow.

“I think we finished quite strong in that game on the opening day but the first half let us down a lot. We finished really well though and we’re going to have to show that kind of performance if we’re going to beat them again.”

With Saints having worked their way back up the table after a tough start to the season, Brookes remains confident that the team will push for a play-off spot as the season begins to draw to a close.

“I think a play-off spot is achievable but we have a lot of hard work to do.

“We have got a plan and if we can give some good performances then I don’t see any reason why we can’t get into the play-offs places in the next four or five weeks and stay there until the end of the season.”