Todd Blackadder praises Bath Rugby’s defence

Todd Blackadder cited aggressive defence and smart game management as the keys to Bath Rugby’s victory over Northampton Saints.

There was torrential rain at the Rec as the Blue, Black and Whites secured a place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final with a 13-12 victory.

While man-of-the-match Josh Lewis made sure the game was generally played in the right areas with his kicking game, big hits in defence caused half a dozen spilled balls by Saints in the slippery conditions.

“Often, defence is a great insight into mindset and attitude and I thought the guys did that,” said the director of rugby.

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“It was one of those nights when you didn’t actually want the ball. You wanted field position.

“We felt if Northampton want to run it let’s go get them and the guys did. They did a fantastic job.

Levi Douglas scores against Northampton Saints
“They’ve put a lot of work in through this whole campaign and it was really nice to get the reward.”

Having seen the weather forecast and prepared for it, Blackadder was delighted to see Lewis, who has not had a great deal of game time this season, ping the ball into the corners and put the visitors under pressure by forcing them to play numerous lineouts deep in their own half.

 

“I also thought the bench made a really positive impact. It was a good performance from everyone.”

Blackadder was delighted to see “outstanding” blindside Tom Ellis bely the fact he hadn’t played since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament last May by working hard and putting himself about for a full 80 minutes.

“They’ve put a lot of work in through this whole campaign and it was really nice to get the reward.”

Having seen the weather forecast and prepared for it, Blackadder was delighted to see Lewis, who has not had a great deal of game time this season, ping the ball into the corners and put the visitors under pressure by forcing them to play numerous lineouts deep in their own half.

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