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Meehan wants more

Steve Meehan

Bath head coach Steve Meehan is asking for more of the same from his less well-known players after they opened their LV= Cup campaign with a 29-19 win over Cardiff.

More than half of the squad was made up of players who have yet to figure in the Aviva Premiership or Heineken Cup, but Meehan will send them out again next Sunday against Wasps.

"I thought the young lads who came into the side did so seamlessly," said Meehan. "The win's important and I don't think there are any serious injuries. It was all that we wanted."

He added: "The scrummaging was the best for a long, long time. The locks worked very well together and the back row of Ben Skirving, Josh Ovens and Guy Mercer worked very hard."

Meehan is aware that Bath's record in this cup competition has not been that impressive in recent years but he believes that the younger players are ready to make an impact.

He said: "It's 12 months further down the line for many of them and they are better rugby players, which means you can perform better in these situations."

Meehan revealed that he would giving Olly Barkley a rest next weekend, restoring Sam Vesty to the number 10 shirt for the visit to Wasps.

"I thought for the most part Olly's kicking game was pretty good," he said. "He kept the ball pretty tight from the set-piece, spread it wide a couple of times and kicked high for guys to chase and in striking range he kicked his goals and also knocked over a drop goal.

"Some of the things we are doing in training are coming into our games now. That team should be very proud of their performance."