Thursday, 8 November 2012

Bath Rugby First-team coach Brad Davis confident of Heineken Cup spot

First-team coach Brad Davis has backed Bath Rugby to return to the Heineken Cup next season despite their stuttering start to the current campaign.

An eighth-placed finish last term meant Bath missed out on a spot in Europe's premier competition, instead having to settle for participation in the Amlin Cup.

They have looked most convincing when playing on the continent this season and have won just half of their Aviva Premiership fixtures following Sunday's defeat at London Welsh.

Their bid to reclaim a place amongst Europe's elite now sees Bath's attentions turn to the LV= Cup, with the tournament victors handed an automatic berth into next year's Heineken Cup.

"It is another avenue for Heineken Cup qualification and I have no doubt that we will get qualification," said Davis, ahead of Bath's opener at home to Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday (2.15pm).

"Whether it's through the Premiership, the LV= or the Amlin, we're going to get it.

"It's important for us to strive for success and have that winning mentality in whichever game we play. It's a cliche but winning breeds confidence."

Despite the frustration at not being able to rectify their Premiership form for two weeks, Davis expects Bath to return to winning ways against the Dragons.

The RaboDirect Pro 12 strugglers head to The Rec on the back of five straight defeats and have won just twice this season.

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