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Posted Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Press bitesize: London Irish (h) - Premiership Cup

Assistant coach, Conor McPhillips and fly-half, Tiff Eden faced the media ahead of Sunday's Premiership Cup clash against London Irish at Ashton Gate - here's the key points from the session.


Let's get physical

Tiff Eden says Bristol Bears are expecting a physical test from London Irish on Sunday.

“Certainly, from the video and what we’ve seen of them, they are a physical side and they are going to front up,” he said.

“We know we were in their position last year having come up from the Championship. They will be a physical side and we’ve had a look at the video and seen where we think we can exploit them.

“We’re keen to build on last week’s result and continue to make improvements as we prepare for the first Premiership game of the season later this month.”


Best foot forward

Conor McPhillips has urged his players to 'put their best foot forward' ahead of the Gallagher Premiership opener against Bath on October 18th.

The Assistant Coach says Bristol have plenty to work on off the back of the victory over Gloucester, and says places are up for grabs heading into the league campaign.

"It still has that feel about it – plenty to work on, but plenty we were happy with. These four Premiership Cup games are leading up to Bath and guys want to put their print on the jersey and every time a guy gets to wear it, he wants to put his best foot forward.

"In the Gloucester game, we had some good spells of pressure and we got the scores, and then other spells where we probably took our foot off the gas a little bit, turned the ball over and then conceded scores, which was frustrating."


Upward spiral

Conor McPhillips says the focus on improvement as the Bears gear up for the start of the league campaign later this month.

“The key word is improvements – game to game, you want to get better. You try things on the training pitch and you want to see how it works in a game situation.

"We were pleased with some aspects of the weekend but frustrated with others. When you’re 20-5 up, you want to kick on, but then we turned the ball over and conceded scores, so that was a frustration for us. But all in all, from game to game, there’s an improvement and we want to keep those increments going.”


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