Bath flyhalf Butch James, who scored a memorable winning try against the Leicester Tigers at The Rec on November 15, is under no illusions about the threat the Tigers will pose to the Premiership table leaders at Welford Road this weekend.
Leicester let go of a two-try advantage to draw 26-26 with Harlequins at Twickenham last weekend, which the World Cup winning South African believes will be added motivation for the Tigers as they lie in wait for Bath on Sunday.
“Leicester will be up for it, especially after drawing in the last minute against Harlequins,” James told the Bath Chronicle.
“They will be really fired up. It’s going to be a tough game up there. We really have to get out there and blast them, like we did for the first 40 minutes when they were here.
“We need to play for the full 80 minutes or we won’t get a result.”
And while Welford Road can be an inhospitable environment for visiting teams, Bath head coach Steve Meehan said he is relishing the occasion at one of Premiership rugby’s most passionately supported grounds.
“Away at Welford Road is one of those games you really look forward to because the supporters are so passionate about their team and right on top of the field. There’s either an enormous amount of noise or none at all,” said Meehan.
“They are terrific rugby supporters and understand the traditions of the game and are knowledgeable too. That all makes it worthwhile and adds to the atmosphere.”
Meanwhile, former England and British and Irish Lions lock, Danny Grewcock, could be sidelined for a matter of months after undergoing surgery on a menacing foot injury last week.
Although unable to give a time frame for Grewcock’s recovery, Meehan said he was planning on being without his veteran lock for quite some time.
“The ligament that runs across the top of Danny’s foot has taken a bit of bone away and he had that screwed back into place,” added Meehan.
“He’s going to be out for longer than a matter of weeks. But, historically, he is someone who heals quickly.
Meehan will also have to do without the services of England front row duo Lee Mears and Matt Stevens for Sunday’s Premiership clash.
The pair are both taking an enforced break ahead of the Six Nations, under the terms of their membership of the Rugby Football Union’s Elite Player Squad.Tweet