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Sunday 4 December 2016

England star Jonathan Joseph hopes that rugby played "the Bath way" can steer a route towards this season's European Champions Cup semi-finals today.

England star Jonathan Joseph hopes that rugby played "the Bath way" can steer a route towards this season's European Champions Cup semi-finals today.

Bath have won rave reviews in recent months for their attacking philosophy which was showcased by a stunning demolition of four-time European champions Toulouse on French soil.

Joseph was at the heart of that 35-18 triumph, a victory that drove fresh impetus into Bath's quarter-final bid, before victory over Glasgow seven days later booked their place in the opening knockout round.

Leinster, kings of Europe three times in four years between 2009 and 2012, stand between Bath and further progression, with Joseph and three team-mates for club and country - George Ford, Anthony Watson and Dave Attwood - returning to the Aviva Stadium scene of England's RBS 6 Nations title demise against Ireland five weeks ago.

"It is very player-led (at Bath). We all have our say," Joseph said.

"We are not afraid to play from anywhere, and our style of play is excellent. It really does put a lot of defences under a lot of pressure.

"But we are sensible at the same time. We are going to make decisions, see what the (opposition) defence gives us, and if it is on to run, we will run. If not, we will put it (ball) behind and exert some pressure that way.

"It's a massive challenge. Leinster have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years now. They are a great attacking team as well, and we are going to have to be on top of our game.

"We know they have got a lot of international players to come back, and I guess we know what to expect in some areas.

"For us, we try to concentrate on ourselves quite a lot, rather than get too carried away with what we are facing.

"Obviously, we do have a little bit of detail on them, but we are more concentrated on what we are about - the Bath way - and executing that right."

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