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‘We’ve got to take it up a level’ – Oliver

Bears Women Head Coach Kim Oliver believes her team are going to need to take their performance up a level as they welcome Loughborough Lightning to Shaftesbury Park on Saturday.

Oliver’s side kicked off their 20/21 Allianz Premier 15s campaign with a dramatic 22-24 victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend.

Whilst the head coach was happy with her side claiming all five points at Sandy Park, she knows there are areas to improve when they take on Loughborough in two days’ time.

“I think it’s going to be a tough game this weekend, Loughborough have had two good five points wins to start the season,” said Oliver.

“Their pack has been together a long time, they’ve just recruited a couple of the sevens girls and their back three are all very dangerous, so we will have to change our game plan up a bit but we’re still very confident.

“It’s still only our second game of the season, so we’re not expecting a perfect game. I’m sure we will get disrupted and things won’t go to plan at some stages, but then it’s about how we react. We’ve got to stick to our processes and get back into shape.

“We won last week, but it wasn’t our best performance. We’ve analysed the game and pinpointed where we need to be better, and our focus this week has been taking our performance level up a gear ahead of what is going to be a challenging game for us.”

This weekend’s fixture will be the Bears first at Shaftesbury Park since January 2020 and Oliver is looking forward to seeing her teams in action on home turf.

“It definitely going to be nice being back at home for the first time this season, obviously we’re disappointed we can’t share that with our fans, but we know we’ve always got support from friends and family at home and the wider Bristol community.

“The more games we get under our belts the better we will be. It’s all about believing in ourselves, going out there and doing what we know we can through implementing our processes and game.”


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