New dad Hooper insists Bath Rugby are delivering the goods
With a new-born baby in the household, Bath Rugby captain Stuart Hooper is prepared to deal with a lot of changes in his life off the field.
But despite his side's mixed start to the Aviva Premiership season, the 31-year-old insists nothing life-changing needs to be done on the field in order to start recording more wins.
Revealing he is still allowed his nightly allowance of sleep despite the birth of Jonty, Hooper admits Bath's performances should have warranted more than their five wins at this stage.
The 31-18 victory over Harlequins in their last game at The Rec, on top of a good performance despite defeat to Leicester Tigers, has filled the squad will confidence.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
And the Devon-born lock insists his side must take their chances when they face a Saracens side that have conceded just nine tries so far this season.
"I think we would want to have more wins at this stage ideally but the performances have been encouraging and always getting better and what we are working on in training is improving," said Hooper.
"The boys are delivering what we work on in the week and we are there or thereabouts although you can't highlight one individual thing.
"It is specific in each incidence and each game. It would be great if there was just one thing wrong that we could fix but it just shows how competitive the Premiership is.
"The margin for error is so small and you need to be disciplined and cut out the mistakes and most importantly take your chances.
"Sarries have only conceded nine tries so if we waste three opportunities we won't be getting three more to make up.
"We do take a lot of confidence from the win over Quins and the performance against Leicester. I don't think we have let ourselves down.
"Everything is great at home. My wife is brilliant and she lets me get my sleep and I am just so pleased they are both healthy and well at home."
Bath prepared in fine style for Saturday's game with back-to-back bonus-point victories over Calvisano in the Amlin Challenge Cup – but Hooper knows Sarries will pose a significantly different threat.
"We managed to secure 20 points from our four games so far in Europe," he added. "The boys did well and we are all so pleased we achieved what we set out to.
"We could have had far worse preparation but we know it is a completely different challenge and Sarries will pose a very different threat.
"There are a lot of good players in our side and I am confident in our preparation ahead of such a big game."
Aviva are proud to be title sponsor of Aviva Premiership Rugby - one of the world's leading rugby union competitions. Each season will feature 135 games, which will be watched by 1.7 million people live at the grounds and many more through our broadcast partners Sky, ITV and ESPN - visit www.premiershiprugby.com