Match Reaction | Charlie Ewels on executing lessons learned against London Irish

10 April 2021

Charlie Ewels was pleased with how Bath Rugby rolled with the lessons learned a fortnight ago to put London Irish to bed in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The Blue, Black and Whites scored four tries at the Rec and were brutal in defence as well as displaying real dominance up front in attack.

A first European semi-final in four years awaits for Ewels and co with the England international excited by the prospect of what is to come.

“The result says that we learn quickly,” he said.

“It says that when we have a game plan, we stick to it and we execute it, we can put teams away.

“We probably learned the lessons of two weeks ago. I definitely learned the lessons individually and as a team we learned how we wanted to win the game and how we needed to beat that team.

“I think we executed that through the forwards particularly and how we tightened the game up a bit more.”

Ewels added: “We spoke (before Zebre) with the way the tournament is set up now you’re four wins away from a trophy. 

“The boys did the job last week and it was the next step on the road this week. It was exciting to be back at the Rec, we got a good result which was what we needed and we’re looking forward now.”

Bath will find out their last-four opponents on Sunday when the draw is made.

The match will be played in three weekends time and Ewels insists the squad won’t look too far ahead with Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership the next focus.

“This group works best when we’re week to week,” he said.

“We’re back into the Premiership now and we’ll focus on Tigers. We’ve got a few days to rest up and recover then we’ll attack Tigers next Sunday and worry about the semis when we get to it.”

 

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