Huboo Match Preview: Bath Rugby v Jersey Reds

13 September 2023

After their first win down in Penzance last weekend, all eyes are on The Rec for what will be Bath Rugby's first home outing of the season. 

Taking on the Championship trophy-lifters, the Blue, Black and White will see a flash of red enter their ranks as they welcome the Jersey Reds to Bath. 

With a former Bath Rugby centre in their coaching set-up, it'll be a very different type of run out at The Rec for Kyle Eastmond as he returns this weekend. 

After leading his team out for the first time in Penzance, Ewan Richards will once again lead from the front in a huge occasion as he runs out at his boyhood club.

Richards, 21, said: "I thought Cornish Pirates was a good opening game. It was physical, just as we expected from a big Pirates side.

"This week it'll be the same again with Jersey Reds. They won the Championship last year so it's going to be a massive game and of course our first home game so everyone is really looking forward to it.

"The intensity really jumps for a home game, especially with it being our first of the season. You know you need to perform in front of a home crowd. It's a time to show the home fans what we're all about and put a marker down for how we want our competition to go following a win last weekend. 

"The boys have been class this week in training. We know what we need to bring to the game on Saturday and hopefully the fans will be able to see that when we return to play in front of them at The Rec.

"These kinds of games are what the Premiership Rugby Cup is all about, giving the younger, less experienced guys some game time and show how we can perform at that top level. Especially against Jersey Reds, I think it's going to be an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.

"Bath Rugby is my boyhood club. I've been going to The Rec since I was very young so to lead the team out in front of a home crowd, especially with my family there, it's going to be very special.

"I'm not a massive talker so I try and lead from my actions on the pitch. With the great amount of experience we have here both on and of the field, it's good to be able to be open and communicate between us, share that knowledge around the group, no matter what level you're at. 

"The passion and excitement that was shown down in Cornwall is just a reflection of the hard work that we've been putting in over pre-season. It's been a long one for us, 13 weeks, and Friday was our opportunity to show what we can do. 

"With the new coaches as well, it was also their chance to show what they've brought to the table."

match details

Competition: Premiership Rugby Cup
Round: Two
Fixture: Bath Rugby v Jersey Reds
Location: The Rec
Date: Saturday 16 September 2023
Time: 13:00
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe



Fresh off the back of winning the Championship last season, Jersey Reds head to The Rec for what is set to be a big encounter. 

Storming to a 43-0 victory over London Scottish in Round 1 of the Premiership Rugby Cup last weekend, Jersey Reds have made a strong start to their competition. 

Similar to Bath Rugby, the Reds will look to also go two from two and continue their early winning ways. 

Jersey has now been home to the Reds' Director of Rugby, Harvey Biljon, for a decade, with the South African set to be with the club for many more years. 

Biljon has taken the club from strength to strength, finishing 4th in the 2021/22 season in what was their best ever finish, to then go on and lift the trophy in 2022/23. 

Jersey Reds has become known as a club for players to nurture their rugby talents to take into the Premiership, having been home to the likes of former Bath Rugby player Wesley White, Bristol Bears' Callum Sheedy and Gloucester Rugby's Toby Venner, just to name a few. 

The coaching set-up now even has a sprinkle of Bath amongst its ranks with Kyle Eastmond taking up an assistant coaching position. 

And did you think we could forget Matt Banahan? The Bath Rugby legend also learnt his craft on the island, playing for Jersey long before he headed to The Rec. 


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