Rokoduguni talks up Chiefs challenge

Date published: December 29 2016

Nothing but their best will be needed if Bath want to beat Exeter for a second time this season on New Year’s Eve, says Semesa Rokoduguni.

The previous encounter between the two teams ended in a 13-10 victory for Bath after Rokoduguni scored and George Ford added two penalties.

Todd Blackadder’s men are currently third in the Premiership with eight win in eleven, but Exeter are just one point behind them despite a slow start to the season.

“We have a lot of confidence after beating them earlier in the season but we know how good they are and we need to perfect our game plan,” Rokoduguni said.

“We spoke about their power because they have a huge pack. We need to match their physicality and play in the right areas of the field. Then we can create space and go through their defensive line.

“Thomas is very much like Nathan Hughes and the boys did a good job stopping Nathan against Wasps so we hope to do the same here. If we get him under control then it makes it so much harder for the rest. We need to be physical and play on the edge.”

Christmas Eve’s defeat to Wasps was a shock to the system for Bath, who were on the wrong end of an inspired Christian Wade – who scored a hat-trick at the Ricoh Arena.

Rokoduguni has scored five tries so far this season, but the Fijian-born winger admits he is not in top form and hopes to find the end zone against the Chiefs for the second time in two months.

“I have not had much of the ball in the past couple of weeks. It is very hard with the injuries we have got but hopefully we can get the ball a bit wider then I can step up my game,” he added.

“With George (Ford) and Jonathan (Joseph) there is always that chance, they are so smart at getting the ball wide and making space so it I hope to be on the end of some. It was not the result we wanted but there are a lot of positives we can take from it and we are using that as a stepping stone for this week.

“We made a lot of individual errors and they punished us for those. The boys have been working hard to rectify that ahead of Exeter and we have been doing a lot of scrum work because they are very good there.”