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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, December 28th 2018

‘Bumper crowd a huge boost’ - Luatua

Steven Luatua says another bumper Ashton Gate crowd will provide a huge boost for Bristol Bears as they look to get back to winning ways in the Gallagher Premiership against Newcastle Falcons on Sunday afternoon (3pm KO).

Bristol welcome Dean Richards' side to BS3 for the final match of 2018, with a crowd of more than 17,000 expected.

And Luatua says the supporters can play a huge part this weekend, as they have done throughout the season.

“Our home supporters have been great this year,” he said. “Each time we’ve been at Ashton Gate they’ve definitely helped us grow an arm and a leg.

“The energy they create definitely gives us the extra bit of wind and extra motivation – especially when you’re getting up from a ruck, or in some dark places, hearing them cheering us on, it definitely makes you want to work a bit harder.”

The former All Black, who this week agreed a two-year extension to his contract at the club, insists Bristol are out to ‘right the wrongs’ from last weekend’s defeat to Sale Sharks, with a strong focus on teamwork.

“Our home supporters have been great this year. Each time we’ve been at Ashton Gate they’ve definitely helped us grow an arm and a leg."

Steven Luatua

“Every game we play now is very important. For us as a team, we’re just focusing on righting our wrongs from last weekend and doing our bit for the team.

“At the weekend (against Sale), we went away from that and Sale played a better game than us. It doesn’t matter who is coming to Ashton Gate, we prepare the same way and try and be consistent in what we do.

“Consistency is something that, as a group, we are learning. It’s a fine art, to be as consistent as the top teams, and I feel like we’ve got some consistent performers in our team, but it’s a matter of doing it as a team.

“All of the games coming up and all of the games we’ve won, it’s been as a team and so we need to do that again this weekend and we’re excited to get going.”

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