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Press Notes | George Skivington on the West Country derby against Bath

Head Coach George Skivington spoke to the media ahead of the West Country derby at The Rec.

After a narrow loss to Bristol Bears last time out, the Cherry and Whites will be looking to get the better of their historic rivals on Friday night.

On Bath Rugby

“They’re not a bad team! They were in the top four last year, but they’ve not had the start they’d have wanted, similar to us. They’ve been established for a good while and I think for them it’s just about finding their feet and getting a bit of momentum. I expect them to be fully charged up for the weekend so it should be a good match.

“They’ve got threats all over the park and have a well organised set piece. They’ve got a good backline and Rhys Priestland runs it well so it’s about how do you stop it and how you deal with it than anything else, but I know they’re a good team."

On Bath’s threats

“That 8, 9, 10 axis is the decision making core of any team. They’ve got a good link there that’s been working well together for a period now and that adds to any team. It’s definitely a threat but I’m excited to see how we deal with that threat and see if we can get on top of it.”

A shift in attack

“We’ve shifted things in attack slightly and bits and pieces have started coming together nicely over the past few weeks. We’re aware that there are bits we’ve left out that we haven’t executed. When Bath get it right they’re extremely hard to break down. Alex King has spent the past week or so trying to break that down and we’ve put a few things together that we hope will come off.”

Injury update

“Jordy Reid is going through the return to play protocols. Last week we didn’t even try to get him back for the game. We just respect that and make sure that the players are ok from that point of view with incidents like that.

Joe Simpson has a broken hand, so he’s got a few weeks left of recovery.”

International availability

“They’re available. Ed Slater and the internationals are available, except for Jonny May.”

The West Country derby

“We’ve done our best to analyse Bath and we’ve worked really hard this week so we’re looking forward to a good derby. We always come into this sort of game thinking that we’ve got the plan and we always think that we’re going to win. On the night it will obviously depend on who gets it right.”

George Skivington looks ahead to Bath

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