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McGeechan ready for Gloucester test

Sir Ian McGeechan has acknowledged the threat Gloucester will pose to Bath's unbeaten Aviva Premiership run in an eagerly-awaited west country derby on Saturday.

Bath have won all five of their league games in 2011, climbing to fourth spot, four points behind Gloucester. But their Kingsholm hosts can boast an eight-match sequence without defeat in all competitions, with one more victory set to make it Gloucester's best results return since 2002.

"Gloucester are a very good side," said Bath rugby director McGeechan.

"Their home record is second to none, and they play with width and they play with speed.

"You know they will threaten the same thing in four or five different ways."

Bath though, have jumped from ninth to fourth, following their five-try rout of Northampton two weeks ago by edging a tense contest at Exeter last Saturday.

McGeechan added: "We made mistakes (against Exeter). You could say that tactically we've played better, but just for the performance, under pressure in a fairly hostile environment, I was really pleased.

"Exeter were a very tight, physical, combative team and we were able to control that situation and not panic."

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