Bath Rugby's Sam Vesty relishing Bucharest Wolves challenge
They may not know much about their weekend opposition but Sam Vesty knows Bath Rugby will be made to pay for taking Bucharest Wolves too lightly.
Bath kick off their Amlin Cup campaign with a trip to the Romanian capital on Saturday, facing a side formed from the best players within their domestic league brought together specifically for European competition.
Although anything other than an away victory would be a massive surprise, turning up expecting an easy ride will be disastrous for Bath.
"We won't be making out that it's going to be easy because it's not," said 30-year-old Vesty. "Three of Bucharest's biggest games of the year will be in this competition. They are going to be massively up for it.
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"They will be big heavy, guys and it'll be a real forward battle. We'll obviously have a better skill set but if we don't turn up with the right attitude we'll be on the back foot.
"I've never been to Bucharest and that's what part of this competition is about. You get to see how developing teams go about their rugby.
"It's important for them because this is a line to getting bigger. If they start doing well in this competition and maybe get into the Heineken Cup, Romanian rugby gets better and world rugby gets better.
"At the end of the day, though, for us this competition is a source of silverware and if we win it we are in the Heineken Cup next year as well.
"But to win this competition you've got to beat some very good teams. There's Top 14 teams, good English teams and when you come to the knockout stages you get Heineken Cup sides dropping down as well."
Having only been handed his first start of the season during Saturday's defeat against Gloucester, Vesty can expect a extended run of games on the continent.
"Getting on the pitch is what you train for," said Vesty. "If I get a run of games and some good performances under my belt we'll see where I am in a few weeks' time.
"It has been frustrating but I've spoken to the coaches and they've given me reasons and things to work on. I've gone away and done that.
"I've been given a shot and that's all I can ask for. It's cut-throat but when opportunities arise, if you don't take them, you'll be sat on your backside all year."