We catch up with Bath rugby fan Pete Trego to talk the cup final, and the upcoming season with Somerset CCC
A big cup final awaits on Sunday against the Aviva Premiership champions, Exeter, what do you think the score will be?
I’m hoping Bath can turn over the Chiefs this Sunday, I’m getting the train up to watch and it really would be great to see my mate, Banners get his hands on that trophy to cap off a fantastic career for the club!
How do you think Bath have fared this season and what did you expect at the start of the season?
Like all our top sports now the standard is incredible, with multiple teams capable of a winning season, it seems in cricket, football and rugby it’s a must to get a good start. Early season momentum will be huge especially with a number of new players, so Bath’s next pre season will be crucial if we are going to compete for top spot.
How long have you been a Bath fan, and why Bath, not Bristol or Gloucester?
As many Bath fans will know for one/two weeks of the year we share a ground, unfortunately we longer play the Bath festival. But for a Somerset player there’s only one rugby team to support, in fact I made my senior debut at the Rec!
Is there any match you remember with particular fondness?
I don’t go to many games due to my and my sons football commitments, but when I do go it always has a impact on me. Rugby matches are a truly great social event and the home and away fans behave impeccably, something all sports can learn from.
You interact on twitter with Matt Banahan, what did you think of the news of him leaving for Gloucester?
I’m absolutely gutted Banners is leaving Bath after being such a massive contributor for the club, it’s always a shame when the icon player and long standing players move on but it’s part of life and sport and I and I’m sure all Bath fans wish him well…. even if it is playing for the Gloucester!!
Coming from a Weston-Super-Mare what are your favourite features of the city of Bath?
A day out in Bath is always pleasant, nearly as good as the nights out during the Bath festival. I just love the old buildings and the shopping alleyways, it is a great vibe in particular the alley with Ben’s cookies down it!!
If you were going out for a meal in Bath where would it be?
I really enjoy the pubs and bars around Bath so food wise I’d have a quick Nando’s then off for a beer!
I saw that you were training for the Bath half marathon, due to its cancellation do you plan on running a different one?
Unfortunately I won’t be running another marathon this year, but would like to take part in next years Bath half.
You play football as well as cricket, did you ever play rugby?
I did okay at school rugby and played a few games locally in Weston, I was a goalkeeper when I played football so had a massive kick, something that came in very handy for penalty kicking and conversions! I played outside centre and was reasonably decent but, football and cricket just took up all my time as a lad and young man.
The cricket season is just around the corner, how is the preseason training going?
Pre season is going great, it’s made me realise how many I’ve done that’s for sure, but the hunger is still there and I can’t wait for the games to start! The lads are working hard and our aim is to get our hands on a trophy in 2018.
The groundsman have erected a marquee on the square preseason to get outdoors earlier, how have you found it?
The marquee has made for great preparation and I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good it’s been, in fact some days it’s as hot in there as any preseason trip I’ve been on, even when it was below freezing outside!
A big thanks to Pete and let’s hope he can bring some luck to Kingsholm as Bath look to bring home the Anglo-Welsh trophy to the Rec.