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RUGBY: Biggs on alert for the hungry Wolves
WINGER Tom Biggs insists Bath’s attitude against opponents straining to claim a big rugby scalp will hold the key to a winning start to their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign tomorrow.
The Recreation Ground side head to eastern Europe to begin their European bid in the rugby outpost of Bucharest Wolves tomorrow (3pm) but, while the fixture is hardly one to set the supporters’ pulses racing, Biggs knows he and his colleagues cannot afford for their minds to be elsewhere.
Victory over Aviva Premiership opponents would be a significant step forward for the home side, while for the visitors the match is a step into the unknown.
“We don’t have any analysis on them like we would do normally so it’s a very different week,’’ said the 28-year-old, who was Bath’s top try scorer last season.
“It’s about getting our attitude right. There’s no doubt that we’ll have better players and a better squad than them, so it’s just important that we turn up.
“It’s very easy to play a game in front of a full house in Gloucester or when we’re at home at the Rec, but it’s a different mentality when it’s probably around 1000 people.
“You have to make sure you are right mentally and put on a performance.
“It’s a great occasion for them as a club and I think that’s massively important in rugby. We just need to make sure we pitch up with the right mentality and make ourselves proud.’’
Bath face a five-day turnaround with their second pool match in Agen next Thursday, but Biggs added: “The intensity of the Premiership means you prepare for those type of situations and with the squad we’ve got now it means we can rotate players in the competition.
“That’s hugely important for development and for keeping players fresh. Guys are going to get a chance so it’s going to give them an opportunity to say why they should be in the team.’’
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