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Posted Thursday, November 14th 2019

Fricker urges Bears to build on momentum

Toby Fricker has urged Bristol Bears to transfer the momentum of last weekend’s dramatic victory at Sandy Park into Saturday’s Challenge Cup opener against Zebre at Ashton Gate.

Fricker made his Gallagher Premiership debut as a second-half replacement, as Bristol came from behind to earn a memorable win over Exeter Chiefs - and the wing says they must keep their ‘foot on the pedal’ in Europe.

“Everyone is obviously very happy after the result, but the mood is generally the same,” he said.

“Everyone realises that it’s a long old season, and just because we’re switching into Europe now, it doesn’t mean we take the foot off the pedal.

“We need to keep going strong and not take anything for granted. We’ve got to keep putting in the hours of work on these rainy days.

“Everything is about a winning mentality, whatever the competition, it’s about getting the job done. The approach for us is to carry on where we left off last weekend. We want to build on it and kick on again.

“The focus and desire is exactly the same, we want to keep that momentum. What we’ve spoken about this week is that you’ve got to respect every game at this level.”

The 24-year-old watched from the opposite side of the field as the Bristol maul piled over in the dying seconds at Sandy Park on Sunday to complete a unforgettable league debut for the former Ebbw Vale man.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” he said. “I didn’t necessarily expect it to happen like that and I was so grateful for the opportunity – and what a game as well, winning it at the death in the style that we did.

“It really showed the grit and determination of everyone here – and for me, playing with and against some of the players on that field was unreal.

“I think you can get caught up in the momentum of the game, and we were getting and building momentum for quite a while in that second half, and things were starting to go our way a little bit.

“You look up at the scoreboard just before that lineout and realise that it’s the last chance to win the game. I saw that maul just take off – not that I had a lot to do with it from the other side of the pitch - but it was such a great spectacle.

“Having been a part of that game on Sunday, it’s just made me hungry for more moments like that.”

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