All of those traits point to more control, which Spencer, one of the best box-kickers in the country, embodies as a player. Combine that with the aggression and strength supplied by Bath’s forwards – the front row of Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Will Stuart in particular – and at their peak over this period Bath have resembled a juggernaut.
Young players have also stepped up, with Hooper recognising that Miles Reid, Tom de Glanville, Cam Redpath, Gabe Hamer-Webb have all thrived perhaps six months earlier than the coaches were expecting them to, grasping their opportunities.
When asked what he believes has been the key to Bath’s stellar form since the restart, Hooper lets out a small chuckle. “It’s a question a lot of people have asked,” he admits. “It’s so rarely one thing. We have tried to stay very true to our values, being very open and honest with