Men’s 1st XV want your support as they set off on Road to Twickenham against in-form Cardiff University

19 March 2018

The University of Bath men’s 1st XV take their first step on the Road to Twickenham on Wednesday when they welcome Cardiff University to the Sports Training Village for a last-16 match in the BUCS Rugby Championship (6.30pm kick-off).

South A champions Cardiff will arrive full of confidence after securing promotion to the BUCS Super Rugby league with an 87-34 aggregate victory over North A winners Newcastle University in the play-offs last week.

Bath, sponsored by IKON Construction and supported by Investigo, finished seventh overall in the 2017-18 BUCS Super Rugby table but Head of Rugby Aaron James is confident they can make home advantage count this week as they look to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

“We’re looking forward to getting some good support on the night, especially as not many of our other teams will be playing this week,” he said.

“Given our final league position, this may be our last home game of the season so we want to put on a good performance for everyone who has supported us and helped us on and off the field.

“We’ve had a couple of weeks since our last league game, so we are refreshed and ready to go again. We’ve been working on our discipline, refining our attack and how we work together as a team. It’s knockout rugby too, so we’ve been looking at our game management.

“We’ve got two or three guys coming back from injury, so that will help the strength of the squad. We’re looking forward to getting back on the pitch.”

Should Bath overcome Cardiff, they will travel to Northumrbria in the quarter-finals – they finished second after defeat to Leeds Beckett in their final match left them one point adrift of newly-crowned champions Exeter University.

“It’s a cliché but we’ll take each game as it comes and each week as it comes,” said James. “If we do progress, it will be challenging because the matches will be during the Easter holidays.

“We respect the commitment from the boys. It’s massive, seeing as they will have to sacrifice some of their downtime, their family time, to play rugby for us and that’s well respected.”

Admission to Wednesday’s cup game is free to spectators.

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