Black­ad­der: Work to do for top four

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

BATH di­rec­tor of rugby Todd Black­ad­der ad­mits that they must im­prove their away form if they are to chal­lenge the top-four next sea­son.

“I know our away record is not go­ing to be good enough for top-four but, even against Sale, it showed how close we were,” he said.

“We were a cou­ple of mil­lime­tres from scor­ing an­other try and a cou­ple of bizarre de­ci­sions could have turned that game, but we’ve just got to be more con­sis­tent on the road.”

Sale boss Steve Di­a­mond is pos­i­tive about their chances next sea­son, de­spite see­ing his side end the cur­rent cam­paign in 10th. “We’ve got lads in the Eng­land squad, we’ve got a plethora of lads com­ing through the ranks and the own­ers have put their hands in the pocket.

“We’re go­ing to be spend­ing more money than we’ve ever spent on the team. We’ll still be a coun­try mile be­hind the other 11 teams but we’ve got to get it eco­nom­i­cally right.

“We’ve got two sign­ings to an­nounce over the next week or so and I think that we will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next year.”

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