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Posted Tuesday, January 8th 2019

‘Fully-focused on challenge ahead’ – Fenton-Wells

Nick Fenton-Wells says Bristol Bears are fully-focused on the job ahead, as they prepare to make the long trip to Sochi to take on Enisei-STM in the European Challenge Cup.

Pat Lam’s side remain in the hunt for a quarter-final spot in the competition and sign-off their Pool Four campaign with back-to-back fixtures against the Russians.

And Fenton-Wells says Bristol will be prepared for the challenge that awaits them.

“Winning away in La Rochelle means we have taken our destiny into our own hands, but we’re focusing solely on this week and what we need to do, we’ll worry about the return fixture after Saturday,” he said.

“It’s going to be about sticking to our processes. We’ve seen that they’ve scored some pretty good tries off of loose play, so we’ll want to look after the ball.

“Regardless of what’s on the game, we strive every weekend for five points, whoever we are playing. As a club, we understand that it’s not about the player, it’s about what the player can do for the team."

Nick Fenton-Wells

“They’ve got a very good scrum, so Mark Irish has had us previewing and reviewing our scrum sessions this week in preparation.

“Regardless of what’s on the game, we strive every weekend for five points, whoever we are playing. I think that’s one thing Pat has instilled in us – each week, five points are on offer and that’s what we go for. Nothing changes this week, it’s going to be exactly the same thing.

“As a club, we understand that it’s not about the player, it’s about what the player can do for the team. So, everybody is expected to be able to do the role that is expected of them.

“Everyone knows what their role is and if we execute properly, we’ll always have a chance.”