Just twelve minutes into his competitive debut for Bath, Taulupe Faletau suffered an injury that could keep him out of the black, white and blue jersey for some time.
Before the game fans from all over the country were licking their lips at the prospect of the battle between French number eight and pure powerhouse Louis Picamoles and the consistent, devastating Faletau, however they were left disappointed when the Welsh number eight was forced off with a knee injury, which could potentially sideline him for some time.
After a disappointing season last term, Bath hoped to turn it around this year with the signing of their new number eight.
However, new signing Faletau appears to have suffered a medial knee ligament injury. Thankfully for Bath fans, the loss of the man at the back of the scrum wasn’t too severe as they started Todd Blackadder’s reign with a well-earned victory over Northampton Saints.
After the game, the new Kiwi boss was far from positive regarding the loss of his marquee signing:
“It sounds like a little bit of a medial, so we’ll just wait and see,” Blackadder told BBC Radio Bristol.
This means we might not see Faletau at the back of the scrum for some time. It will also be a major threat to Wales, who will be without the class and experience of their talisman, Faletau.
Without a direct replacement for the world-class number eight, both Blackadder and Wales boss Warren Gatland will be hoping for a quick recovery. Fresh off the back of a series loss to the All Blacks, Faletau’s presence is needed even more as they prepare to go to battle again in November.
Fingers crossed that Bath’s new signing can regain his fitness as soon as possible to book his near certain ticket to New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena