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Will Carpenter

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Posted Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Morahan relishing return to Premiership action

Luke Morahan says Bristol Bears are relishing a return to Gallagher Premiership action, but is expecting a tough test against high-flying Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday (3pm KO).

The fifth-place Bears head to the East Midlands off the back of a two-week break and an emphatic derby victory over Gloucester last time out. And Morahan has called on his side to build on a strong start to the campaign.

“We’ve worked really hard in the first quarter of the Premiership, and there’s still a lot to go in the back end of the season, so that’s definitely the focus now.

“Last year, the league was very tight, and again this year, it’s very tight, so week in, week out every team is capable of beating everyone else. There are no easy games and it’s a gruelling season, but one that’s very enjoyable.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position in the first nine games of the season, but it’s the back end of the season that really counts and we’ve got to put our best foot forward.

“We’re expecting a quick, physical game. Northampton’s breakdown is very quick, they’ve got some big boys and they like to run the ball and spread it around. So, we’ve got to be on our toes and at our best – if we’re not even close to our best, it’ll be tough. We’ve got to be ready to go physically and mentally.

“We showed against Gloucester in our last outing that when we turn it on, we can play some outstanding footy and put teams to the sword, but we’re expecting a tight battle this week, with both teams having a lot of confidence at the moment. I think it will be a good contest and one we hopefully will come out on top of.”