Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Vesty: We've got to be brave

Sam Vesty

Sam Vesty knows better than most the huge degree of difficulty Bath must overcome in their quest to topple Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester on Saturday.

Vesty, who made more than 150 appearances during an eight-year Tigers career, returns to Welford Road in a Bath shirt following his summer switch.

"Early on, we've got to be brave, go quickly at them and get the scoreboard ticking," said the fly-half. "If you can get up early against them they will have to play a game of rugby that doesn't necessarily come naturally to them."

He added: "They've got a great attitude and that gets them a long way, to be honest. We've got to get in there and be as physical as we can. It's a matter of fronting-up.

"Lewis (Moody) has spent quite a bit of time watching video, and he presented to the team on how to defend against them.

"We both sat down with the coaches and tried to give some insight on what Leicester try to do, how they do things. Stopping them has more to do with guts and determination, though.

"It's still a game of commitment. You can do all the video analysis you want, but it's commitment that wins you the game, those half-metres over the gain-line rather than the fancy stuff."

England captain Moody will miss out on a Welford Road reunion due to an eye injury suffered against Gloucester three weeks ago, although he looks set for an appearance in next weekend's appointment with Harlequins.

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