Blackadder hails Bath's starlets

12 January 2018 06:30:02 EST

Bath are expecting a tough challenge when they take on the Scarlets in the European Champions Cup, according to director of rugby Todd Blackadder.

The West Countrymen currently reside at the top of their pool after defeating Toulon 26-21 in round four of the competition.

They also overcame the Welsh region in the reverse fixture at the Parc y Scarlets, but Blackadder believes that Friday's opponents will present a stern test.

"We'll stick pretty much to what we're doing well," he said. "We'll have a good look at the Scarlets, who are the PRO14 champions, so they're a really good side.

"They're a massive challenge for us, but we'll regroup, have a good look at them, look at parts of our game which we do well and also where we get exposed."

Blackadder also hopes that their injury crisis is starting to ease and insists that it will provide a massive benefit to the whole squad, not just for the 23.

He added: "I felt like we've had a massive amount of injuries and have been all-in for the last month, but it's good to see young guys stepping up and doing the job for us.

"What you need is numbers there so it creates competition for places and it helps with the preparation. There's no doubt when you've got 30 fit bodies and you're competing at training, there's a massive impact on your performance. Just having numbers coming back makes a massive difference."

Bath are 4/11 to beat Scarlets and 1212/1 to win the European Champions Cup outright.

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