Anthony Watson faced the media this afternoon as Bath Rugby gear towards their first Gallagher Premiership semi-final since 2015. Here is what the England and Blue, Black and White full-back had to say...
On Saturday’s semi-final at Sandy Park
“This is why everyone across the Premiership plays, to be able to put yourselves in a position to play in the semi-finals and hopefully the final. I am massively excited. It has been no secret that I am desperate to win something with the Club. On Saturday we have the opportunity to get one step closer. I am putting all of my energy into trying to put out the best performance I can for the team on Saturday.”
On playing against friends
“It’s always a bit strange. People have got different ways of dealing with it, some people try to completely block out that they are your mate. I personally don’t focus on where Jack Nowell or Henry Slade is whilst the game is in play.
“When there is a break in play, especially being a winger, you often find yourself opposite someone who is one of your mates, so if that did happen and it was Jack, then we might have a brief chat but once play resumes we’re fully in that. There is no special treatment once the game is in play.”
On the return of Joe Cokanasiga
“Joe has been class and I understand what he has been through over the past year, so to come back in his first game after 16 months out and do what he was able to do is testament to how hard he has worked over the last year and the type of bloke that he is.
“In terms of what he does for the rest of the backline, you saw in that game against Gloucester, if you give him too much space then he can make something out of nothing. He’s a great bloke to have in the backline, he’s always in a good mood and lifts the spirit of the team so it’s great to have it back.”