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Posted Thursday, March 1st 2018

‘Forward pack focused on consistency’ - Thomas

Interim forwards coach, Jonathan Thomas has called for consistency from his pack during the final six games of the Greene King IPA Championship season.

Alongside scrum coach, Mark Irish, Thomas has taken the reigns following Mark Bakewell’s departure to Leicester Tigers – and the Welshman has urged his players to take their game to ‘the next level’, as Bristol look to hammer home a 13-point advantage at the top of the table. 

“I’m really excited about the talent we’ve got to work with for the final six games of the season,” he said.

“We’ve got some great athletes in the forward pack and we’re looking to finish strongly towards the end of the season.

"We sat down as a group last week and the players were pretty honest with themselves and said that, as a pack, we’ve been inconsistent so far this season and I think they want to go to the next level."

Jonathan Thomas, interim forwards coach

“We’ve said from the outset that the set-piece is the heart of our game – all of the other aspects of the game don’t tick unless the heart is functioning. We sat down as a group last week and the players were pretty honest with themselves and said that, as a pack, we’ve been inconsistent so far this season and I think they want to go to the next level.

“So, myself and Mark Irish, the scrum coach - it’s up to us to put things in place. As players, they get confidence from the system and we want to give them real good clarity, so they go into games able to put all of their emotion and attitude into that system.”

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