Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Bath vow to give Biarritz a battle as they chase Amlin spot

Bath coach Steve Meehan has vowed his side will not be just making up the numbers in Biarritz this Saturday.

The English Premiership side still have a slim outside chance of over-hauling Ulster for second place and a spot in the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup when they go to the Basque country but if they were to win or even stop Biarritz getting a bonus point win that would leave the door ajar for Ulster to win Pool Four.

Bath had a victory snatched from them at the Rec by Biarritz in round one and two defeats to Ulster in December ended their European adventure but Meehan wants revenge in France.

“We will go down there and give it everything we’ve got,” said Meehan. “We’ve just got to continue on the upward trend and enjoy ourselves, you can’t rely on results from anyone else, all we can do is play our game.”

Bath warmed up for the Biarritz game by putting Aironi to the sword at the Rec but that victory came at a price.

England flanker Lewis Moody twisted his knee and is likely to miss the trip to France while full back Nick Abendanon suffered cramp and South African out half Butch James suffered a knock although the latter two should play this week.

“There were some cracking tries, some of the speed in our game and our skill execution, and some of the passing selections and support lines, were brilliant against Aironi,” he said.

“We knew a big performance was in us and it developed into that today, it sets us up nicely and there’s a good mood.

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