Bath Rugby centre Max Clark reckons the English club will need to be “a whole lot better” against Gallagher Premiership rivals London Irish on Friday if they are to reach the semi-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. 

Bath trailed 14-0 after only 10 minutes at Zebre Rugby Club in the Round of 16 but fought back to win the clubs’ first meeting 35-27 in Italy. 

“We’re in the quarter-finals and it’s another chance of silverware,” Clark said. “It wasn’t perfect – in fact, it was far from pretty. We’ll call it one of the ugly wins. But it’s knockout rugby and we’re on to the next stage and that’s the main thing. 

The Bridgend-born 25-year-old is delighted that Bath now have a home game against the Irish at the Recreation Ground as they bid to make the last four of the competition for the first time since 2016/17. 

“It’s a shame the fans aren’t there, but it’s massive for us,” he added. “We’ll take what we can from last weekend, but we’ve got to be a whole lot better.”