After last night’s superb eight-try victory against Bristol Rugby, Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder has called for the same free-flowing rugby for the visit of Pau next Saturday (kick-off 15:00), as Bath Rugby look to cement their place in the knock-out stages of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The Blue, Black and White stormed to a 22-57 triumph under the Friday night lights at Ashton Gate, and Blackadder was delighted in the way the squad performed and believes victory against Pau at the Recreation Ground could be the catalyst to winning the whole competition.
Blackadder said: “I thought the boys were superb today. We prepared really well and probably the hardest we’ve worked all season this week to get it right. It’s so pleasing for the lads that they put in such a strong performance and got a really good result. We looked so powerful and it was all off the back of getting our basics right.
“We’re a good team and showed tonight that when things click, what a dangerous side we can be. It’s put us in a good position to win our group and if we can put in another great performance at the Rec next weekend against Pau and really finish it off, we could put ourselves in a really good position to win this.”
Tries from Tom Dunn, Tom Homer, Robbie Fruean, George Ford, Semesa Rokoduguni and two from Kahn Fotuali’I gave the Bath supporters a big cheer at the end of the 80 minutes and Blackadder is hoping to reward supporters once again at the Rec when they tackle their French counterparts.
“We’re really excited for Pau next week and hopefully we can back it up with another strong performance and play some superb rugby at the Rec. It will be great to be back at home, so that we can finish on top and get over the last time we were there and lost to Exeter. It’s really important to give our wonderful supporters something to cheer about.
“We want to play great running rugby and winning rugby every week. We want to play the sort of rugby that our players enjoy and supporters enjoy watching. Every week, you’ve always got that challenge. I think the Bath supporters can expect the same standards we set against Bristol, but we’re all in this together and we want to get back home at the Rec and play some great rugby.”
Tickets are still available for next Saturday’s European Rugby Challenge Cup fixture against Pau, kick-off 15:00 and you can buy your tickets here