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“We will go out there on Saturday and take it to them” - Oliver

Kim Oliver insists her side are ready for the challenge as they face Harlequins Ladies at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, September 15th (5:30pm). 

The Bears will travel to the capital looking to topple last season’s Tyrrell’s Premier 15s runners-up and Oliver believes the defensive efforts of her side will be pivotal to the team’s performance. 

“Saturday will be a big test, but one we have prepared really well for. We have worked hard on our breakdown in training as we were not as effective as we could have been last week.

“We have also worked on our defence and structure,  as we know Quins have an effective attacking game with some strong ball carriers so we need to make dominant hits if we want to stop them being on the front foot.” 

“Playing at the Stoop will be a great occasion for the girls and I know they will take that excitement and put it into their performance on the pitch."

Head coach Kim Oliver

Saturday’s fixture is part of a double-header at the Stoop with the Tyrrell's Premier 15s game following Harlequins against Bath, a large crowd is expected to stay on and create an electric atmosphere as Quins take on the Bears.

“Playing at the Stoop will be a great occasion for the girls and I know they will take that excitement and put it into their performance on the pitch. We are all really excited to get out there and express ourselves in front of a big crowd.”, said Oliver. 

The Bristol Bears Women slipped to an opening round defeat at the hands of Wasps last weekend, but Oliver is pleased with how her team have gelled and she has given credit to the younger players for the manor in which they stepped up to the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s level. 

Young full-back, Merryn Doidge (via JMPUK).

“The coaching team and I have been extremely pleased with the way the team have gelled, we have had a huge culture shift this season and it is certainly showing at training and now games. 

“The youngsters are really stepping up, the environment we have here at Bristol allows the girls to express themselves and they are growing in confidence every week. 

“A great example of that is Merryn Doidge, she was player of the match last week at 17 years of age, showing confidence and hitting above her weight. There are more like her too so it super exciting.”

Harlequins carry threats across the park and Oliver knows that her side are going to have to perform well for the entire eighty minutes if they are to come away with the win. 

“Harlequins are a very good team with some very dominant ball carriers in their forwards and Rachel Burford leading the backline, we will need to be on the top of our game for eighty minutes if we are to get the result we want. 

“We will go out there on Saturday and take it to them, if we stick to our game, go through our processes and keep composed throughout, the result will take care of itself. I cant wait for it!”