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Meehan calms Moody fears

Flanker limps off an hour into Bath's eight-try romp

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Meehan calms Moody fears

Moody: twisted his knee

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England captain Lewis Moody is unlikely to miss any of the Six Nations campaign despite picking up a knee injury in Bath's 55-16 Heineken Cup win over Aironi.

Moody limped off an hour into Bath's eight-try romp against the Italians, raising initial fears about his fitness ahead of England's Six Nations opener in Cardiff in less than three weeks.

But Bath coach Steve Meehan reported: "To the best of my knowledge, he's twisted his knee in the driven line-out and at this stage he's very confident that it's something not particularly serious at all.

"I haven't spoken to our medical team but with these things, it's 24 or 48 hours later. He doesn't seem too concerned - it maybe a week out - but he seems quite confident there's nothing sinister there.

"He'll be having treatment tomorrow, keeping it iced and elevated."

As for the game itself, Meehan was delighted by his side's display. "There were some cracking tries, the speed in the game, skill execution and the accuracy of it all. The support lines were brilliant," he said.

"We've been saying for a little while that a big performance was just around the corner. Over the last couple of weeks we've had to dog out victories. We played well last weekend without getting all the rewards that we deserved. But today a lot of things came together. We are on an upward trend, which is nice."

Commenting on Matt Banahan's four tries, Meehan added: "The backs fed him very, very well and there was a very good individual effort where he kicked ahead and chased well. If he continues to play on those lines, he's going to ask a lot of the England selectors."

One-off

With a Heineken Cup quarter-final place only a remote mathematical possibility and, realistically, only Amlin Challenge Cup qualification at stake, Meehan is telling his players to treat next weekend's trip to Biarritz as a 'one-off' game.

Meehan's men would need an unlikely bonus-point win in France to give themselves a chance of a last-eight Challenge Cup berth, but he feels his side have nothing to lose.

"We'll just go down there and give it everything we've got," said Meehan. "Let's go down and win the match, continue on the upward course. If we see an opportunity, let's take it."

Aironi coach Rowland Phillips felt his men had made it too easy for their hosts, saying: "We conceded three tries before half-time. It was just too soft, too easy.

"We expect Aironi to be better than that - but in other respects, as a group, it's been really positive. It just took a very strong Bath side to give us a reality check."

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