Miles Reid faced the press this week as Bath Rugby get set to face London Irish at the Rec in a first boxing day fixture since the 2000-01 season in the Gallagher Premiership.
On La Rochelle cancellation
“It challenged us in a number of ways. Some boys having to isolate from the Scarlets game. We almost had to pull together in a number of ways to overcome it. It was a good challenge for us, and we saw some of the younger lads stepping up in training and filling the spots that they wouldn’t normally be in, so that was a positive.
“It was good for some people to come to the front and show the squad what they are about. Even though we didn’t play, it was good to see those lads step up and show us what the future of the club looks like.”
On taking experience from post-lockdown last season
“Games came thick and fast during that period. I enjoyed the way the week was set up around the games. Having mid-week games. We couldn’t dwell on what had happened in the game before – we were straight into the next one.
“We were thinking more about ourselves. In the past you look at the team and we didn’t have time to look back so it was all about looking ahead to what we can do in that game. I took a lot from that and playing in a semi-final as a younger player was a great experience for me. It was a really valuable time for the likes of Tom de Glanville, Cameron Redpath and myself, so it was great, and I really enjoyed it.”
On the upcoming games
“We look to these next three weeks coming up with London Irish, Wasps and how we can get 15 points from that three weeks and that is the next goal for us to just concentrate on the games coming up.”
On London Irish
“They have been good. Looking at them today as a preview, they are sharp off the scrum. They have got some dangerous players and I know there back three is good, obviously we know Tom Homer very well, who was here before and he is a really good player with ball in hand and his passing is immaculate. It’s a challenge that we are all looking forward to.”