Todd Blackadder stresses on discipline ahead of Bath's clash against Brive

Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder will send his team into European Challenge Cup battle against Brive on Saturday
Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder will send his team into European Challenge Cup battle against Brive on Saturday
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Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder wants a disciplined effort from his team when they take on Brive in the upcoming European Challenge Cup encounter at Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Bath are coming off from a three-match losing streak including a 53-10 thrashing against Saracens at Allianz Park last weekend. The Aviva Premiership side will be up against Brive, who have reached the quarter-finals 10 times in their last 12 campaigns.

Bath will have to find ways to counter France born wing Gaetan Germain, who is currently the leading point scorer in the ongoing season of Top 14 with 277 points and Blackadder is wary of the challenge ahead.

"Brive have a huge forward pack so discipline has to be key," Bath rugby director Blackadder said.

"They've also got the best goalkicker in the competition, so we have got to deny them the ball and play the attacking rugby we've talked about.

"The fact it is a knockout game gives us that extra pressure we need, making Brive almost the perfect team to bounce back against. We will have to match them physically, but also try to run them off their feet."

Speaking about the defeat to Saracens which was their heaviest since 2002, Blackadder said: "Looking back, I really think that defeat at Saracens was the best thing that has happened to us for a long time.

"We were absolutely ripped apart, and I feel like the last month has been a slow death.

"We just haven't been playing the rugby we've been practising and preparing for. Now we have really got to turn this around and show a good response."

Blackadder has rested England international George Ford with Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland taking the number 10 position.

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