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Lindsay looking for response at Sixways

Tom Lindsay urged his squad to embrace the challenge of travelling away to face Worcester Warriors this Sunday (2pm KO).

Bears Women will be looking to return to winning ways when they face the Warriors following three successive defeats against top four opposition.

Lindsay has encouraged the group to not dwell on past results but instead look ahead to their next opportunity to put in an improved performance.

“Games against Worcester are always going to have a little bit of niggle, much like the Gloucester and Exeter games they’re always quite big in the calendar,” said Lindsay.

“Last weekend was tough for everyone involved. All the teams that are challenging for the top four, more or less, seize the opportunities that are given to them – they feed off your mistakes.

“We’re in a bit of a rut at the moment. Which is challenging for the group, but there are so many ways we can think about. We could throw the towel in and become introverted, blame each other or other circumstances but I don’t think that’s fair at all.

Phoebe Murray crossed for Bears Women's only score vs Quins (JMPUK

“Only we can pull ourselves out of this and use the next three games we have to challenge ourselves and get better as we look towards next season. It all starts this weekend away to Worcester.

“We can either go out and train this week with a hangover from Saturday’s defeat, or we can go into it looking at it as a new challenge and how we can get better as playing group and coaching staff to put ourselves in the best possible place to get a result on Sunday.”

The Warriors sit one place and two points above the Bears in the Allianz Premier 15s standings and the co-lead coach insists his side can’t get caught up in the emotional side of the game.

Wales international Kiera Bevan returned to the side at scrum half (JMPUK)

He added: “Worcester are a very good team and Jo Yapp is doing a great job with them up at Sixways. There are also a number of ex-Bristol players involved, so there will be a fair bit of emotion around the game.

“Looking back at our previous match-up with them [Worcester] we probably got over emotional, getting caught up into one or two individual battles so the challenge for us is to control that, stick to our systems and execute our game plan.”

Lindsay’s team selection is likely to see a number of key individuals return for the clash at Sixways.

“We have got a lot of players coming back this weekend, which will help bolster the squad from a leadership perspective. A number of the girls have been chomping at the bit to get back fit, so it will be interesting to see how we shape up after the training week.”


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