Leicester Tigers trip will be acid test – Bath Rugby's Toby Booth
They may have just recorded victory over the Aviva Premiership champions but first-team coach Toby Booth says it is the impending trip to Welford Road by which Bath Rugby should be judged.
Eight days after Stephen Donald booted them to victory over Harlequins, Bath face another formidable opponent in the shape of fierce rivals Leicester Tigers on Saturday (12.30pm).
If they can match last Friday's success with a similarly impressive performance at the home of the Premiership's standard bearers, then the club's progress under Gary Gold will really be in evidence.
"We've got two clubs in two weeks which will be quite fundamental in us being successful," said Booth.
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"We had a challenge last week from a defensive point of view against a very attacking side. We were up to that, so the challenge this week will be how we go into the lion's den.
"There probably aren't many tougher places to play than Welford Road, so we will see how far we have come down this road.
"Leicester are the epitome of consistency. We talk about role models and Quins are a role model with the way they play and Leicester are a good example of great basics.
"They've got a great culture. It's a tough, hard-nosed place, they've got a good set of forwards, a good set-piece, and those are the fundamentals they've built eight successive Premiership finals on.
"There are still miles and miles to go in this competition. We're about a third of the way through the year and there's still a lot to do.
"On Friday and throughout the season there have been some encouraging signs. The next aspect is the consistency element."
With the exception of Davey Wilson, all of Bath's internationals are available for selection, including Tom Biggs, who was released back to the club by head coach Stuart Lancaster following his first England call-up earlier this week.
"It's a good experience for Biggsy because he's been playing exceptionally well and it's another reflection on how we've gone because people are starting to look at us in a more favourable light," said Booth.
"The one thing you know about Biggsy is that he is a great competitor. These are the sort of people we want at Bath Rugby.
"It's an indicator that we are going down the right track. The more competitive you are, the more chance you've got of being successful internationally.
"It reflects well on the group and brings excitement because, ultimately, this competition is won by the people who have the best players on the pitch."
New signing Eusebio Guinazu will not make his Bath debut at Welford Road despite agreeing a deal at The Rec this week.
The Argentina international, who can play anywhere in the front row, has signed a contract until 2014 but will not officially join the club for a couple of weeks.
Mat Gilbert has also signed, with the former Scarlets back-rower arriving as injury cover until the end of the season.
Head coach Gold said: "Both Eusebio and Mat will be great additions to the squad.
"They are great guys, will fit in well, and we're looking forward to them joining us."