Banner image

Author

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Wednesday, September 12th 2018

‘We’ll take confidence to Kingsholm’ - Madigan

Ian Madigan says Bristol Bears will take ‘a lot of confidence’ into Friday’s West Country derby against Gloucester at Kingsholm, after a rousing display last weekend saw them go toe-to-toe with Saracens right up until George Smith’s sending off.

The fly-half, enjoying his first stint in the Gallagher Premiership, praised the fight and resilience of his side at Allianz Park and says he is relishing the atmosphere of another local derby.

“The mood in the camp is really good,” he said. “I thought we acquitted ourselves really well at the weekend.

“From talking to some of the Saracens guys, they felt they were in a really tough rugby match and felt very challenged, so we can take a lot of confidence from that, knowing that we can compete with the best in the league.

“They are a very good side, even the way they got off to a fast start and got scores on the board, it could have potentially been a long day for us. But we dug in there, stuck to our systems and fought our way back into the game, and to be going into half-time leading the match was very impressive.

“We’ve got massive respect for Gloucester, they are a really good side and have been building over the last few years. They are very well coached, they’ve got some really strong forwards and some very skilful and fast backs to back them up."

Ian Madigan

“I got to experience one of the derbies against Bath, and it was incredible to fill Ashton Gate with our supporters and a lot of the Bath supporters who travelled up as well.

“So, I’m sure we’ll have a good travelling support from Bristol and in fairness to Gloucester, there’s fantastic supporters at Kingsholm. The Shed I’m sure will be chanting away on Friday night.”

Madigan says Bristol Bears are under no illusions as the challenge they face on Friday night, but has backed his side to rise to the occasion in front of the BT Sport cameras.

“We’ve got massive respect for Gloucester, they are a really good side and have been building over the last few years. They are very well coached, they’ve got some really strong forwards and some very skilful and fast backs to back them up.

“I think for us this week, we’re going to be challenged a lot with our defence. They’ve got some strong runners, they play flat to the line and they’ve got the ability to get the ball out of those shapes and get it into the wide channels, so we’ve got to be really ready for that.”


Latest News

Video: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Video: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020

As it happened: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons

As it happened: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020

Lam targets improvements ahead of semi final

Lam targets improvements ahead of semi final

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020

Report: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Report: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Posted: Friday, September 18th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Watch: From Russia to the Robins...Downing's football story
Football icon

Watch: From Russia to the Robins...Downing's football story

Assistant Head Coach Keith Downing reflects on his professional football career from the highs of promotions as a player to winning the European Under-19s Championships as a coach.

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020 • Football

MansionBet Match Preview: Stoke City (A)
Football icon

MansionBet Match Preview: Stoke City (A)

City's first away trip of the season arrives this Sunday as Dean Holden marches his men to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City (September 20th, 2pm KO).

Posted: Friday, September 18th 2020 • Football

‘Why competition in the squad is healthy’ – Downing
Football icon

‘Why competition in the squad is healthy’ – Downing

Keith Downing says Head Coach Dean Holden faces a “healthy problem” with such a competitive group of players at his disposal.

Posted: Friday, September 18th 2020 • Football

Bentley sees City playing football with a smile
Football icon

Bentley sees City playing football with a smile

Goalkeeper Dan Bentley says the squad are thriving off a culture of playing with their heart on their sleeve and giving nothing but 100%.

Posted: Friday, September 18th 2020 • Football

Flyers offer BBL opportunity to five academy players
Basketball icon

Flyers offer BBL opportunity to five academy players

Bristol Flyers will offer a first team opportunity to five academy players during the 2020/21 campaign.

Posted: Friday, September 18th 2020 • Basketball