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‘We love the buzz and atmosphere at home games’ - Snowsill

Elinor Snowsill believes the home crowd could give the Bears a vital edge as they welcome Wasps Ladies to Shaftesbury Park on Saturday, October 12th (12pm).

Kim Oliver’s side head into the round four clash with confidence after back-to-back victories over Loughborough and Firwood Waterloo and the Welsh out-half has praised the support shown for her side at Shaftesbury Park so far this campaign. 

“We’ve given two really good performances at home so far in front of a great crowd and as a group we love it, we love the buzz and the atmosphere the crowd bring, so hopefully that can give us the edge on the day. 

“Wasps are a challenge and they’re a very good team, but I would say that we’re pretty evenly matched with them at the minute and it really is going to be whoever performs better on the day will win.

“We have had a good start to the season, obviously it was disappointing to lose to Sarries at home, but we had a great bonus-point win against Loughborough and beating Waterloo at the weekend.” 

The Bristol Bears culture is unique in its own right and Snowsill believes that culture which has been developing over the past two seasons will prove vital as the Bears look to mount a serious challenge for a play-off spot.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes on our culture, we have a leadership group that is driving those standards and it is constantly enforced. 

“I think that’s really good, it really does work and that culture brings you through the tough times on the pitch and the closer you are as a team makes a difference when you’re up against it."

Whilst Snowsill marshals the backline she has also seen the difference newly appointed forwards coach, Tom Lindsay has made to not only the forward pack but the to the Bears’ game overall. 

“Tom Lindsay coming in as forwards coach has been brilliant for us. He brings a load of energy and a load of current knowledge from the game and I love the things he's trying to bring in and you can tell everyone, especially the pack want to perform for him. 

“Our pack have been really dominant so far this season. We’ve had tries off driving mauls and penalties at scrums, as well as the backs gelling and scoring some really nice tries, so it’s a great balance at the minute.”

Bristol Bears Women take on Wasps Ladies at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday, October 12th (12pm) and tickets are available to purchase here for £5 for Adults, £3 for Under-18s and £1 for Under-12s.