We couldn’t have done much more as a team in the LV= Cup group stages – literally.
We racked up a maximum 20 points from our four group matches and earned ourselves a home semi-final against my old club Leicester Tigers at what I hope will be a sold-out Rec early next month.
It will be a cracking evening to play a big game of rugby and I am already looking forward to it.
Try telling either side on that night that it is “only” the LV= Cup!
It’s a competition that you have to start well in if you want to progress. Because only the top side in each pool qualifies, you can soon get behind if you don’t win your first two games and have little chance of a comeback.
Conversely, if you win your opening two games, you have a really good chance of capitalising and topping the group.
We did just that, played some nice rugby and also took the opportunity to rest a few players who had sore bodies.
That also gives you the chance to bring in some players who are desperate for some first team action and those lads more than played their part in getting us to the last four.
We have a very good academy set-up here at Bath and several young players who are making the move from that into the first team squad.
It’s a balancing act for the coaches to get the team right and the results have proved they have made a pretty good job of it.
Players and clubs want to win silverware and we are chomping at the bit to get our hands on it now.
The LV= Cup is worth a lot of money to the club, prestige to the players and the opportunity to book a place in next season’s Heineken Cup long before the Aviva Premiership season has finished.
We won’t be getting carried away by reaching the LV= semi-finals but we are hoping to take that form into the last third of the league season.
The teams we have beaten in the Anglo-Welsh may have rested some of their best players when we beat them but winning becomes a habit. Let’s hope it continues.
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