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LV= Cup Preview: Bath Rugby v Ospreys

Scrum-half Chris Cook is hoping to play a decisive part in Bath’s crucial LV= Cup Clash with Ospreys at the Rec this weekend.

Bath currently sit third in Pool 1 with nine points but can still qualify for the semi-finals if they win and other results go their way.

They will be hoping to reproduce last weekend’s performance, which saw them fight back to beat Harlequins 23-21 at the Stoop, and Cook is happy that Bath are still in a position to qualify.

“We might need a couple of results to go our way but it’s great to still be in the hunt,” said Cook.

“It’s a great competition and I owe it a lot as well as it gave me a few first-team games when I was younger.

“The coaches are meticulous with their preparation and so are the boys. I don’t want to give anything away but we are taking the game very seriously. There are a few old Bath players in there, like Aaron Jarvis and Martin Roberts as well.

“I want to be involved in every Bath game but I don’t know if I’ll play yet. I would like to be as it’s another sell-out at the Rec, which is a testament to our fans. The more I can get, the happier I am. It would be great to be involved.”

Ospreys have struggled so far in the tournament and are already out having lost 32-25 against Gloucester last weekend.

But acting forwards coach Tom Smith believes that despite being out of the competition, Ospreys will put in a good show at the Rec.

“It’s a great opportunity for those youngsters,” said Smith. “These are the types of environments you want to play in, packed crowds nice and close to you on the edge of the field, so if you can’t get excited for those games I don’t know what you can get excited for.

“As with all English sides they’re going to be confrontational up front so were obviously expecting that from them, but over the past couple of weeks they’ve shown that they can play some nice rugby.

“But all we’ve spoken about is just concentrating on ourselves, we don’t want to put too much emphasis on the opposition, we just want the boys to come in work had, learn their roles, learn the other boys roles as well and just be really clinical.”

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