Guy Mercer calls on Bath Rugby to send out a message at The Stoop
Guy Mercer wants Bath Rugby to send a message to Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins in tonight's LV= Cup clash at The Stoop.
Quins return to The Rec seven days later for a league clash in the start of a run of games against the Premiership's top three sides, a period that could define Bath's hopes for the season.
Bath travel to Leicester Tigers on December 1 and, following back-to-back Amlin Cup matches against Calvisano, they entertain Saracens four days before Christmas.
Flanker Mercer knows a positive cup result will help give Bath a psychological advantage when the focus turns back to the quest for league points.
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"It should be an interesting two weeks," said Mercer. "When teams go back-to-back it can add a bit of spice. That's something which you see in the European games.
"Whoever wins or loses, it makes everything that much more fresh when you go into it again the week after.
"It's a sort of Quins triple header at the moment. The A league boys went out against them last week and were able to get a win after scoring a try in the dying moments.
"Now we've got them in the LV= Cup and then the Premiership the week after. We'll be Quinsed out by the end of it but they are three big challenges and we need to front up to all of them.
"People put a lot of focus on the Premiership games, so we know the third will be the biggest test but we'll be taking both games very seriously to hopefully get the right result in both."
First-team coach Brad Davis echoed the need for a strong cup showing as Bath look to stake their claim for a top-six Premiership finish this term.
"Once we're in the Premiership it's competitive week in, week out," said Davis. "No side is like last season, going on big runs and having 11 wins on the bounce. Everyone can take a scalp.
"We have a great opportunity to build some momentum ourselves in the LV= Cup and then really look forward to the challenge beyond that in the big three matches, which I have absolute confidence that we'll come out the right side of."