Montagu: We Have Plenty Of Belief
No 8 says the squad are focused on 'huge' challenge ahead
The trip to Mennaye Field in the RFU Championship semi-finals will be Bristol’s toughest test of the campaign so far, according to Dan Montagu.
Liam Middleton’s men head to Penzance on Monday for the televised first leg (12.05pm KO) looking to make amends for the narrow 19-18 loss in February.
“This is a massive game for us,” said the Australian. “It’s a match that the players have been looking forward to for a couple of weeks now.
“The intensity in training has upped a level this week and we’re all focused on the huge challenge ahead.
“It’s important we make a positive start and impose ourselves on the tie during the first leg – we can’t afford to not be playing at 100%.
"Cornish Pirates are one of the strongest sides in the competition. Mennaye Field is a very difficult place to go and get a result but we will go there with plenty of belief.”
Unbeaten in the RFU Championship play-offs, Bristol rounded off their Pool A fixtures with a thumping victory over Doncaster Knights – a result that Montagu believes will boost momentum ahead of the knockout stages.
The No.8 added: “We finished the pool stages unbeaten and with a good win at the Memorial Stadium. Confidence is high and there’s a great atmosphere around the place.
“We know that we’ll go to Pirates without any fear – we’re in a great run of form and we will be backed by a big following from the West Country.”