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Stringer wary of physical Brive

01st April 2014 15:48

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Peter Stringer Bath v Mogliano

Massive occasion: Stringer

Bath Rugby scrum-half Peter Stringer is preparing himself to face a "very physical" showdown with Brive in their Amlin Challenge Cup clash on Sunday.

The quarter-final will see the Recreation Ground host the French side, who veteran Stringer knows from past experience will be a tough opponent.

"I've played against Brive before and they're a very physical outfit," the former Munster number nine explained to the ERC website on Tuesday.

"You really don't know until the day comes what kind of a side will turn up mentally but I'm sure that coming to the knockout stages of a competition like this they'll want to progress.

"I've no doubt that they'll be physical opposition and they'll be typically French and they'll look to move the ball. It'll be a really tough challenge."

Bath won all six pool games, against Bordeaux Bègles, Dragons and Mogliano, but Stringer is wary after going out at this stage last term.

"I've been involved in a lot of European games over the years and that's where you want to be," said Stringer.

"At the end of the season you want to be in the mix with these best teams in Europe. That's where you challenge yourself. It's where you can really rate yourself.

"It's a massive occasion for the club. We got to the quarter-final last year and came up short at home so we're looking to push on again and really stake a claim in Europe. There's no better opportunity. We've done the ground work in the pool stages and it would be a shame to let that slip."

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