Bath captain Ewels stands tall

Date published: November 2 2014

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Bath coach Toby Booth was thrilled with the performance of 19-year-old captain Charlie Ewels in the win over London Welsh.

Bath coach Toby Booth was thrilled with the performance of 19-year-old captain Charlie Ewels in the win over London Welsh.

The youngster was selected to name the side as Bath handed Welsh a 47-7 thrashing at The Rec.

With several senior players rested Ewels rose to the challenge, as Bath look to the future.

“You have to start with the captain. I’m sure there were a few eyebrows raised – especially when you look at the personnel around him,” said Booth.

“That was a strategic decision. We are trying to develop people for the long term as well as for the short term.

“Charlie captained the A League side very well – he’s got good leadership potential. We thought we’d reward him for that but we didn’t expose him too much and there were some serious ‘lieutenants’ kicking around to help him out.

“I thought he captained the side exceptionally well. Sometimes that can affect your own performance but, two weeks running, he has produced very solid performances. That bodes well for us as a club.

“We can be very proud of the performance because we were pretty dominant from the outset.”

London Welsh coach Ollie Smith admitted the loss matched up with the rest of the Exiles’ catastrophic campaign to date.

“It was our own mistakes and our own fault that we conceded so many points,” said Smith.

“Bath are a good side and if you gift them tries you’re making life really hard for yourself.

“And that’s been the story of our season so far, really.”

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