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‘We weren’t clinical enough’ - Oliver

Kim Oliver believes her side lacked a clinical edge in their 18-10 loss to Wasps Ladies on Saturday afternoon. 

The Bears had a 10-5 lead at the half thanks to a penalty try and three points from the boot of Elinor Snowsill, but it could’ve be more had try-scoring opportunities been put away at Shaftesbury Park. 

Wasps would go on to seal the game with two penalty goals and a counter attacking try from replacement scrum-half Claudia MacDonald. The result leaves Bears with two wins and two losses from the opening four rounds. 

“We let ourselves down. They defended very well, but we didn’t execute the way we have over the last few weeks, said Oliver.

“Defensively we put out a hell of a shift, they didn’t really get anywhere with ball in hand, but in an attacking sense we weren’t clinical enough when in scoring opportunities and we let them back into the game. 

“It was the fine margins in the end. We had a dominant scrum, our line out was running well it was just those little passes on the pitch that didn’t quite go to hand.” 

Attention for Bristol Bears Women turns to yet another tough test on Saturday as they travel to face Harlequins in round 5 end a tough run of fixtures for the Bears having faced all top four clubs from last campaign in the opening five rounds.

Despite the result and work-ons from today’s game we have got to remember that there are lots of positives in that performance and the group will benefit format further down the line as a learning experience.

“There is no point dwelling on the negative from today, we will learn from them in the week and improve those aspects but we’ve got a lot of good stuff from our performances this year to give us confidence going into Quins next weekend.”