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Webber: Bath Rugby have learned their European lessons

Qualification to the European Champions Cup knockout stages remains a faint hope for Bath Rugby, but Rob Webber believes sealing an away win against powerhouses Toulouse would be far more important for the squad.

Bath’s European campaign looked over before it had really begun after slipping to opening defeats against Glasgow Warriors and Toulouse, the latter defeat coming at the Rec.

But back-to-back victories over Montpellier, the second with a bonus point, have catapulted Mike Ford’s side back into contention in Pool 4.

But a trip to the south of France is a huge test for any side, let alone a young Bath squad that were taught a lesson up in Scotland on the opening round of the competition.

And hooker Webber is adamant that he and his teammates have learned from their mistakes and are now ready to take the next steps of their rapid progression.

“It would be one hell of a turnaround if we could qualify, we know that,” said Webber.

“It is something that we would love to do, but more than that, we want to be able to go away to a team like Toulouse and come away with a win.

“That is the real challenge for this team, it’s almost the next step for us and if we can do it, it will be an amazing tick in the box.

“We have quite a young group of players and we went into Europe not really knowing what to expect.

“We had our eyes opened by that game up in Glasgow, the game is different. It’s refereed differently, the teams play differently, it’s not like the Premiership where you can get to know a team, we don’t normally come up against these teams and they play the game differently but good sides know how to beat these teams.”

Bath’s domestic form has been extremely impressive in recent weeks, a bonus-point win over Wasps last time out cementing their position in second in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

And Webber admits that his side are brimming with confidence before they take on their European adventure.

“That win (against Wasps) has given us a good boost because we move away from the Premiership for a while now,” he added.

“This is a team that learns and learns quickly, we took a lot of things from that Leicester defeat, as we move forward, to improve on.

“This is a young team and it’s about making sure we implement what we want our game plan to be out on the pitch, to not let external factors put us off and knock us off our game.

“But the size of the challenge in Europe for this young group was made clear earlier this week.

“We were talking about the last time Bath won the Heineken Cup and Anthony Watson piped up saying he was only three years-old at the time.

“But we are not just young in age, but also young in terms of time spent together as a group

“You just have to read the Toulouse teamsheet to see their strengths. They have international players in every position throughout the full squad.”

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