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Reed ready for season opener

Amber Reed believes Bristol Bears Women are ready to take the Tyrell’s Premier 15s by storm. 

The campaign kicks off against Wasps Ladies on Saturday, (8th September, 2:30pm) and after a tough pre-season, the England international insists her side are focussed and well-equipped for the opening weekend fixture. 

Kim Oliver's side head into the opening weekend full of confidence after the Bears emphatically beat the Dragons, 53-5 at Shaftesbury Park last weekend as well as narrowly losing to West Country rivals Gloucester-Hartpury the week prior.

“It feels like a long time coming, pre-season has been a long one, but we’ve put in a good shift so we’re definitely looking forward to getting out on the pitch and taking the Tyrrell’s league by storm.

“We’ve had a tough pre-season, but we’re now fitter than ever and that will stand us in good stead with the style of rugby we’re wanting to play. We’ve built throughout pre-season and everyone’s brought into the direction that we want to go”, she said. 

This summer has also seen the further alignment of both Bristol Bears men and women, with each side regularly attending the others training sessions and the centre believes this relationship will only benefit the club as they continue to grow.

“The development of the relationship between the men’s club and ourselves allows us to share the resources we’ve got, them being able to go into their camp and the boys come into ours it has allowed us to create a ‘one club’ mindset.

“We’ve also got a new name, but it’s definitely the same grit and determination that always been behind the shirt.”

Reed is wary of the threats that their opponents will pose this weekend, having finished in the top four last season as well as recruiting well in the summer.

“We know the threats that Wasps have got,” she continued, “ but not necessarily how they’re going to use them, so we’ll have to work that out on the day. 

“They’ll come with lots of pace and lots of agility so that’s what we’re going to expect from them, so we need to make sure that we make our first up tackles and really put them under pressure and don’t allow them to play.

"We’ve been going well in pre-season so we’ll definitely give them a good run for their money.”