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Bath focus back on league


Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Bath's thoughts turned swiftly back to Aviva Premiership business after a 46-13 win over Worcester put them on course to get out of LV= Cup Pool 1.

Coach Brad Davis says that in the minds of the coaching team, they have already "put the competition to bed" for three months until the next round of games against Northampton and Exeter.

"We're not even thinking about the LV= Cup now, until January," he said. "We've got two massive games now against London Irish and Harlequins in the Premiership."

But Davis admitted that the performance of young players such as fly-half Tom Heathcote, on form again with a 16-point haul, and wing Ollie Woodburn, one of seven tryscorers, had intensified competition for places.

"With the young players you never really know until you give them the chance and pitch them in. If they are good enough, the talent really starts to show through," Davis said.

Reflecting on a powerful all-round performance to follow up the 46-16 win at Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend, he continued: "You can't always put your finger on the button as to why it clicks.

"In the first six Premiership games we have created the chances - but in the last two games we've finished them off too. The guys are feeling confident, playing good rugby. We coaches are going to have an interesting chat on Monday. There are some tough decisions to make."

Davis was understandably delighted with the debut of South African flanker Francois Louw, saying: "He scored a try and it was a really good all-round performance. Whatever he is asked to do, he goes about his business really well."

Warriors assistant coach Phil Davies said: "If you look at the scoreboard, it looks like it was a tough match for us, but I thought we played well for large parts of the game and had a lot of territory and possession. I was really pleased with the way the players reacted and adapted to the challenge in front of them.

"Bath had a lot of the first-team players out there and, while we are not pleased with the final score, we were happy with the performance and the way the guys reacted to the challenge in front of them. There were lots of good things to take out of the game, we were pleased with our application, just disappointed we didn't take more points out of the match."

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