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Will Carpenter


Posted Tuesday, December 24th 2019

Sheedy seeks Bears response in bumper Christmas clash

Callum Sheedy has called on Bristol Bears to issue an immediate response to last weekend's Gallagher Premiership defeat at Saracens, when they take on Wasps at Ashton Gate in front of a bumper Christmas crowd.

More than 20,000 supporters will flock to BS3 for the round seven fixture with Dai Young's side - and Bears fly half Sheedy says he is relishing another huge occasion in BS3.

"It's a huge game for us," he said. "We're disappointed with last weekend, and the scoreline. There is plenty to work on from the game and that's what we'll be trying to put into action this week. There's a huge crowd expected at the Gate on Friday, and we're really looking forward to it.

"The biggest learning for us as a team from last week, was just how clinical Saracens were. They had period of 15 minutes where they scored three tries, 21 points, and put the game beyond us. The tries just before and after half time showed why they are a champion side, and that's where we want to be.

"The Bristolians really get behind the Bears - and I know I'm biased, but I think they're the best fans in the country. I'm really looking forward to Friday, there's 20k plus fans coming along, so it's going to be an electric atmosphere.

"When you look at the Wasps team on paper, there's so much quality from 1-23. They're an excellent side and on their day, they are one of the best sides in the league.

"We know we need to put in a good performance on Friday night."