Match Preview: Bath

Match Preview: Bath

​Get the latest ahead of Saturday night's EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 tie against Bath at the DAM Health Stadium (16 April kick-off 8pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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Can't make it to The DAM? The match can be purchased for £4.99 at epcrugby.tv with the live stream starting 30 minutes before kick-off. Supporters can also listen live on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Bristol.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ludovic Cayre (Fra)

Assistants: Adrien Marbot (Fra) Jonathan Gasnier (Fra)

TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin (Fra)


TEAM NEWS

Both the Edinburgh Rugby and Bath squads will be named at 12 noon on Friday 15 April. Supporters can get both line-ups via the club's website and social channels.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh Rugby and Bath will face each other for the first time in the EPCR Challenge Cup, however they have met five times in the Champions Cup with Bath winning the first four encounters and the capital club winning the most recent one, 9-6 in December 2009.

The capital club have won 18 of their 21 home games in the EPCR Challenge Cup (D1 L2); the last three have come by an average margin of 49 points with Edinburgh not conceding more than five points in any of those games.

Mike Blair’s side come into Saturday night’s clash in red hot form, having claimed a 54-5 victory against Pau to book their place in the last 16, while Bath have not featured since 2 April when they were downed by Exeter Chiefs, 42-22.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Edinburgh - Emiliano Boffelli

The Argentine international has looked every bit the Puma playmaker since joining the club in November and his performances in Europe have helped steer the capital club into the Round of 16.

Boffelli was named Player of the Match in the team's famous Round 1 win against Saracens and has 22 points to his name in three European matches so far.

Expect the back-three star to once again have a major influence as Edinburgh host Bath this Saturday.


Bath - Josh Bayliss

The Scotland international has been a revelation in Bath's back-row this season and his ability in the loose makes him a try-scoring threat from almost anywhere on the park.

The 6ft 3in flanker/ number 8 made his international debut against Australia in last year's Autumn Internationals and will be relishing the opportunity to make his mark in a stadium situated only metres from BT Murrayfield.

KEY STATS AND RECORDS

Edinburgh have averaged four points per 22 entry in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season, more than any other team. They have scored a try from 58% of their entries into the opposition 22 in the competition

Edinburgh have averaged just 20.8 kicks from hand per game in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season, fewer than any other side, averaging the fewest kicking metres per game as a result (536).

Edinburgh are just one of three teams to average 6+ line breaks per game in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season (6), alongside Lyon (7.5) and Biarritz (6.7).

Ramiro Moyano made made 186 carry metres during the last round of the EPCR Challenge Cup, 65 more metres more than any other player last weekend and second most in a game this season.


WHAT THEY SAID

Edinburgh - Head Coach Mike Blair

“It’s the start of the knockouts and a slightly different approach to the game - you’ve got one chance and if you don’t perform you don’t get to the next level, you don’t give yourself that opportunity at the next stage. We’ve talked about that already.

“I love the buzz around things. We were pleased with lots of elements from the game against Pau, there was a really good buzz in training today, and we just want to find that consistency.

“We talked about the key factors for us in winning games and we’re really focusing on them, because when we reach knockout stages it becomes more and more about us putting the best version of ourselves on the pitch."


Bath - Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper

“Playing in the knockout stages of a European competition is always exciting and heading to a new venue in Edinburgh is one to be relished.”

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