Banahan eyes double delight

England star determined to fire Bath into the play-offs

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 06/05/11 8:26am

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Banahan: Has his sights set on the play-offs

Banahan: Has his sights set on the play-offs

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Bath back Matt Banahan is hoping he will have double reason to celebrate on Saturday.

Having seen his wife give birth to his first son Joseph on Sunday, Banahan will be out to put in a barnstorming performance against Newcastle in the final game of the regular season.

Bath need a bonus-point win and for Northampton to slip up against Leeds if they are to gatecrash the play-offs for a second successive season.

And Banahan can't wait for the game to get underway at the Rec.

"It couldn't be a tighter end to the season but I think this is why we play this game for moments like this."
Matt Banahan Quotes of the week

"It couldn't be a tighter end to the season but I think this is why we play this game for moments like this," Banahan told

"Every game you play in is like the Premiership final with so much at stake.

"For Bath, we need to a bonus-point win and then hope other results can go our way.

"We would have preferred to have secured a top-four spot by now as it is never nice to rely on other results but that is the position we find ourselves in.


"A few years ago you would have had everything at the top and bottom sorted by now but now there is still plenty to play for.

"Leeds will be fighting at Northampton while Newcastle will not want to go down either."

Bath will face Newcastle for the second successive week, having just secured a 14-11 win at Kingston Park last time out.

And England international Banahan knows his side will have to put in a much-improved performance if they are to overhaul the Saints

"It was a game where both sides left chances on the pitch," Banahan admitted.

"We don't want a repeat of that so we will have to hold on to the ball and take any opportunities that come our way.

"Personally I hope I can get a lot of points to help us get the bonus-point win we need."

Banahan has turned out on both wings and at inside and outside centre for club and country this season - but the 24-year-old insists he is happy to play anywhere.

"I just want to play every week," Banahan said.

"I prefer it in the centres as I think it suits me with the way my game has matured, but as long as I can keep performing so I can play at the World Cup and help take Bath forward then I am happy."

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