A team which knows each other inside out and play for each other every week.
The lack of that at Bath is certainly partly down to the coaches, but Exeter have not had anything like the team disruption we have. They have all been there from day one of per-season with only injuries disrupting things.
Sorry, team-building is a management skill and not down to the players. You have to lay the lack of it squarely at the door of the coaches.
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Circumstances beyond the coaches control also played their part. It's hard to integrate say Louw and Donald when they simply wern't there until four our five months after the team building should have started.
You've just been Tomahawked
If you look at the chiefs side yesterday the vast majority of them were with us when we were in the championship. Building a team that plays with passion takes time and hard work. The backbone of our team has been playing together on a regular basis for well over 3 years and we are now reaping the rewards of this. This is what has made Exeter such a formidable unit.
And there we have it in a nutshell Sitting Bull. The very sort of "journeyman players" (very much not intended as an insult) Bruce Craig said would never again be allowed to don a BB&W shirt are significantly outperforming a squad of considerably higher talent, on paper.
Why is that? well I've offered most of these before and make no bones about doing so again, some of them might be decried as "pink and fluffy" but they're actually the sort of things that make cohesive fighting forces and are so not "fluffy"!
Yes I do know I've typed that word four times. I'm not saying at all that ANY of these are absent at Bath; what I am most definitely saying is that there is a need to look hard at these elements of a core ethos and to look where to improve them such that Bath Rugby becomes at least the sum of its not inconsiderable parts.
And Stu, they don't necessarily take years to produce, they can be forged quite quickly on the twin anvils of hard work and cohesion. That does require, er, oh yes, leadership. Formations going off to combat are often these days quite ad hoc and need to gel quickly, they mostly achieve it.