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Moody limps out of cup clash

Bath coach Steve Meehan is confident that the knee injury suffered by England captain Lewis Moody during their 55-16 Heineken Cup win over Aironi will not force the flanker to miss any of the upcoming RBS 6 Nations.

Moody limped off an hour into Bath's eight-try romp against the Italians, raising initial fears about his fitness ahead of England's Six Nations opener in Cardiff in less than three weeks, but Meehan was not too pessimistic.

"To the best of my knowledge, he's twisted his knee in the driven line-out and at this stage he's very confident that it's something not particularly serious at all," he said.

"I haven't spoken to our medical team but with these things, it's 24 or 48 hours later. He doesn't seem too concerned - it maybe a week out - but he seems quite confident there's nothing sinister there."

Despite Moody's injury the Australian was delighted by his side's display, which saw wing Matt Banahan cross for four tries with Tom Biggs and Luke Watson grabbing two apiece.

"There were some cracking tries, the speed in the game, skill execution and the accuracy of it all. The support lines were brilliant," he said.

"We've been saying for a little while that a big performance was just around the corner. Over the last couple of weeks we've had to dog out victories. We played well last weekend without getting all the rewards that we deserved. But a lot of things came together. We are on an upward trend, which is nice."

Commenting on Banahan's four tries, Meehan added: "The backs fed him very, very well and there was a very good individual effort where he kicked ahead and chased well. If he continues to play on those lines, he's going to ask a lot of the England selectors."

Aironi coach Rowland Phillips felt his men had made it too easy for their hosts, saying: "We conceded three tries before half-time. It was just too soft, too easy.

"We expect Aironi to be better than that - but in other respects, as a group, it's been really positive. It just took a very strong Bath side to give us a reality check."


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