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Posted Thursday, January 28th 2021

Attwood urges Bears to build on strong start

Dave Attwood has urged the Bears to build on the round six victory over Exeter Chiefs when they take on local rivals Bath in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night (7.45pm KO, live on BT Sport 1 HD).

The table-topping Bears welcome Stuart Hooper’s side to Ashton Gate off the back of an enforced two-week break due to the cancellation of European fixtures, but Attwood says they have used that period positively.

'No misconceptions'

“We were raring to get into Europe and there was a bit if disappointment that we couldn’t bring the Premiership games forwards, but you find a positive in all of these things.

“We managed to give some boys a bit of a break, which was always a question when they laid out the season format. In terms of us moving forwards, there was a bit of hype around the result down at Exeter and we were all buzzing about that, but having a break allows us to not get carried away with that, we’ve been able to look inside at some of our processes and refine some of that and hopefully that’s going to mean that when we come up against Bath, there are no misconceptions, and we deliver what we’re expecting to.”

'A big challenge'

Bath currently sit ninth in the Gallagher Premiership, but Attwood says their league position doesn’t tell the full story.

“Bath have been one of the unfortunate teams this season, having watched a lot of footage from them. Their processes are good, their set-piece is very effective, and they definitely haven’t got the rub of the green that they have deserved in the first five or so rounds of the Premiership, so we’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a big challenge.

“They will have had some disruption, like us, with players away on international duty but we’re expecting a physical challenge, some real competition at set-piece, but hopefully we can gain the ascendency there and let the guys loose out wide.”


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