Blackadder hails Bath’s returning internationals

Date published: December 16 2016

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder hailed the performances of his returning internationals in Thursday's 38-3 win over Cardiff Blues at the Rec.

Blackadder was full of praise for the collective influence of players like Taulupe Faletau, Francois Louw, George Ford and Jonathan Joseph on the match.

"It's huge," he told the Bath Chronicle

"You get class, decision-making, skillsets under pressure. It makes a massive difference. I thought Taulupe was outstanding. I think it was his first 80 minutes all year, so that was something quite significant. The same with Francois. I'm just so pleased they got out there, lasted and no injuries, thank goodness."

Although several of the players who took to the field played together for the first time, Blackadder believes things will improve and is excited about the team's future.

"There were a lot of new combinations out there and it was a short training week," he added.

"That probably showed in the first half, but you could see the class come through as the game went on. There's a real silver lining if we can get those combinations clicking and performing, because I know we can be a lot better than that. In the second half we kept hold of the ball, put some phases together and showed all the possibilities, so I'm pretty excited about that."