‘Anglo-Welsh Cup purely for development’ – Blackadder

Date published: January 28 2017

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder says he looks at the Anglo-Welsh Cup as a development competition and is not worried about their poor record.

The New Zealander's side has not had a successful Anglo-Welsh Cup to date with not a single win, with their most recent performance a 17-17 all stalemate with Gloucester.

But Blackadder is not phased, and with the Six Nations coming up, he says it's the perfect opportunity to give his extended squad a run.

"I look on this game purely as development," Blackadder told reporters. 

"We chucked a pretty young side out there tonight who acquitted themselves pretty well against what was probably a more experienced side. We probably performed higher than our expectations.

"Some teams are out to win this competition. What we are really doing is using these games as preparation for Northampton in two weeks.

"Yes, it's part of developing guys, which we did out there tonight, to create more competition, but when you lose so many guys to the Six Nations you can't help but use this game as preparation.

"One of the silver linings in a season where we've had a massive amount of injuries is we've played more guys than we would have – but if anything it's strengthened our foundations."