Heineken Cup: How This Weekend Could Scuplt Bath's Whole Season

Sean KellyAnalyst IOctober 7, 2008

The Heineken Cup is always a spectacle. Whether you're a player, coach, or a fan.

Certain things can only make this spectacle even greater than already possible. Stepping out onto the great pitch of Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse has to be one of those things.

The players of Bath Rugby have that opportunity this Saturday in their emphatic return to the European stage.

Both places of great history in relation to their stature in the rugby world. Both eager to make a positive start to the new Heineken cup campaign.

Bath still have the taste of European glory after last year's Challenge cup win. Yet Toulouse have a void to fill where the Heinekin cup has not been for the last few seasons.

This now more than ever I feel is the time for Bath to really stand up and be counted. Their last Heineken cup stint was a fairly decent one, they still need to show this season in can be a memorable one.

Last season Bath wowed the fans with their style of play, yet just missed out on the Premiership title. They need to find that killing edge to put themselves into Europe's elite.  

The rugby they are playing at the moment in the Guinness Premiership has been defined at "total rugby" and they will need to take this to France with them.

Like their wine the French don't travel well, but in their own fortress you can see Bath having their hands full.

With a back-line ridden with talent who love to keep the ball moving, Bath will expect a smooth running game, which they have grown a custom to.

When he first joined Bath last season Butch James said he would love the chance to play in the Heineken Cup and play teams like Toulouse. I'm sure its the same for the rest of the Bath side.

There's a lot of guys out there who will be playing their first Heineken cup game, and they need to step up to the plate.

This weekend could define Bath's whole season, if they can go to Toulouse and return victorious it will show Bath are really ready to rumble and show they're ready to get some serious silverware in their trophy case in Bath.