Garvey eyes back-row battle

Date published: January 17 2015

Bath blindside flanker Matt Garvey cannot wait to go up against a high quality Toulouse back-row when the teams clash at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Sunday’s fixture is arguably the pick of the Champions Cup round as the in-form Premiership side look to respond from their home defeat back in October.

And Garvey, who alongside Francois Louw, Leroy Houston and Carl Fearns was injured for that game, is brimming with excitement for this weekend.

“In the first game against Toulouse, the boys who stepped in did a fantastic job. To have that kind of makeshift back-row against internationals, I thought they held their own and more,” Garvey told The Bath Chronicle.

“From my point of view, it was incredibly frustrating to miss a game like that against Harinordoquy, Dusautoir, Picamoles and Nyanga.

“Our back-row at the moment seems to be going well. Flouw (Francois Louw) has come back from injury and is back to doing what he does best, and Leroy Houston and Carl Fearns are carrying machines.

“These are the games you want to test your mettle in. These are the games you want to be part of and hopefully it will make for a good back-row contest.

“They’re European giants and it’s never easy to go to France, but to go to a team with such a reputation and such history, it adds a little bit more. I’m sure that from their point of view they’ll want to get back to those glory days.”