Todd Blackadder wary of challenge from Scarlets

 

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder said his side will not "underestimate" Scarlets in the upcoming European Rugby Champions Cup clash between the two teams at The Recreation Ground on Friday.

The Aviva Premiership club is currently at the top of Pool 5 with 13 points but they have Toulon with 13 and Scarlets with 12 points breathing down their necks. A defeat for either of the teams on Saturday could dampen the chances of making it to the quarter-final and Blackadder is wary of the contest.

"It is a real challenge," Bath rugby director Blackadder said, ahead of the Recreation Ground encounter.

"We did a lot of homework and analysis on them before the first game, and I can clearly see why they are a quality side.

"They are a team that will come firing. They are still in this competition with a lot to play for, so it's a big game for both teams.

"They are a quality team, and in no way would we underestimate just what damage they can do with the ball in hand."

Bath are boosted by the return of international flanker Sam Underhill, who has not played due to concussion symptoms since England's victory over Australia in November, while wing Matt Banahan also features after recovering from a foot injury.

 

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