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Preview: London Welsh v Bath Rugby

Preview: London Welsh v Bath Rugby

London Welsh winger Nicky Scott insists he will be doing his former club no favours, instead warning Bath Rugby to expect a major backlash when the two sides meet on Sunday.

The Exiles fell to a disappointing 29-19 defeat to London Wasps last time out, a defeat that saw them remain down in tenth in the Aviva Premiership table

Bath meanwhile have won four of their last five matches in all competitions, including a 23-15 win over Exeter Chiefs last weekend that saw them leapfrog their opponents into sixth.

But the Rec outfit have only won once away from home since February of this year and Scott insists he and his teammates will be doing all they can to keep it that way at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

“There have been a few players around the club this week who have been angry about the Wasps game because we felt we didn’t turn up,” he said.

“Lyn (Jones) didn’t say it himself but as a group of players we know that is the case and it is something we want to put right this weekend.

“Obviously for me playing against an old club does give the game a bit of an added significance and it will be the same for a couple of the other lads who are ex-Bath.

“But we can’t get too worried about that, it is a game that we need to be going out and looking to win and that is what we will be looking to do.”

The two clubs have not played a competitive match since the Exiles visited the Rec in February 1987, a game that Bath won 30-4.

And prop Anthony Perenise, who will start in place of David Wilson who has been called into the England fold, knows their clash with Welsh is one that his side must look to take maximum points from if they are to entertain realistic top-four ambitions this season.

“A lot of boys showed a lot of character in holding out against Exeter for the win and that bodes well for this weekend against London Welsh,” he said.

“We are in a good position now after that win and we are only look upwards and not behind us so we need to follow it up.

“London Welsh are on a difficult run of results but they have shown already what they are capable of and they can’t be taken lightly.

“If we want to climb the table further though these are the games we need to be winning so we will be going all out to do just that.” 

Referee: Andrew Small (78th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Stuart Terheege.
(Kassam Stadium, 3pm)

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