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Bath Rugby’s sweet victory benefits entire squad says Mercer

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There was an extra sweet taste to Bath Rugby’s victory on Sunday with Zach Mercer revealing one of the squad’s more unusual win bonuses ahead of this Friday’s Anglo-Welsh clash with Leicester Tigers.

A sweet treat will be available to the squad on Wednesday after winger Semesa Rokoduguni’s try sealed a last-gasp victory over local rivals Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

Mercer was full of praise for the Bath winger, who is part of the England squad for the autumn internationals, and the impact his efforts have on the squad.

“Roko is an interesting character, he’s up for a laugh, always having a joke and a very nice guy, very honest and humble for how good he is. I hope he goes well in the November series,” said Mercer, who started the derby victory over Bristol Rugby in Europe the previous week.

“It was a massive victory (against Exeter), it was a tough game between two good teams but the boys had that never-say-die attitude.

“To get two wins against rivals is great, the boys keep producing and it makes it much better at training knowing we can have fun as well as work hard and that the boys are doing well.

“It has a massive impact on the squad, the squad come into training smiling and happy and we get pudding on a Wednesday which is our win bonus.

“I might have a double portion this week because it was a very good victory.”

Training is all well and good but the young No.8 is desperate to impress the coaches at Bath on the field when the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off on Friday night with a home clash against Leicester Tigers.

The 19-year-old has made five appearances for Bath so far this season having made his debut in Aviva Premiership Rugby round 2 against Newcastle Falcons.

And Mercer knows there’s no better time to catch the eye than in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with the Bath faithful buoyed by back-to-back victories over rivals Bristol and Exeter Chiefs.

“It’s been a really good start to the season, we always had belief it was going to be a different season to last year,” he added.

“You can impress on the training ground but it comes down to the games and how you hold yourself.

“I need to do what I do well which is get the team on the front foot with carrying and offloading and making sure the young lads around me are confident.”

The Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend and for all the fixtures and details of the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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