The game between Bath and Gloucester had not started on a good note for Bath as there had been a few slip-ups.
However, they were able to pick up momentum, hold onto a 17-10 before Gloucester equalized, thus ending the game in a draw. However, Todd Blackadder – the Director of Rugby for Bath – has said after the game that he did not hold any high expectations before the game, but came off very pleased by the performance of his players.
Although he would have loved it if his men had been able to hold onto their seven-point lead in the last few minutes of the game, he believes they would be ready in time for their Premiership challenge game against rival Northampton Saints, to be played in the next two weeks.
Speaking after the game, Blackadder had said,
“I wasn’t so much focused on the outcome. Tonight, it was about the development and giving guys an opportunity to play. I didn’t go in with high expectations, but I walked away feeling very proud of the guys.”
The Director of Rugby added: “I was really impressed. To think that we were down and gave ourselves a chance to win the game was fantastic. The only down side was conceding a really soft try when the game should have been in the bag.”
Blackadder also noted that his forwards had done quite well in the game and had been the most impressive, considering the fact that they were all young guys, under 23s who had not yet experienced much game time.
He also commended some of the players such as Paul Grant, Chris Cook, Rhys Priestlandand Jack Wilson for their wonderful performances, while singling out Harry Davies for his crucial hand in their only try of the game.