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Middleton: Win Was A Fifteen-Man Performance

Published on 12th November 2012 by Tom Tainton

Head Coach praises collective spirit after victory


Bristol Rugby’s 39-16 victory over Jersey on Sunday emphasized the team spirit in the camp, according to Head Coach Liam Middleton.

Bristol scored six tries – three in each half – to secure the first bonus point win in the RFU Championship this season.

“This was a fifteen man performance,” insisted Middleton. “There were contributions from everyone and that highlights the collective spirit in the group and their desire to do well.

“Our defence was very good. Credit to the players because they showed maturity and built a performance, rather than panicking or being too rash.

“You expect a few nerves, but that’s understandable considering the ambition to do well and the need for a response after Nottingham. The way we attacked the game was more of a ‘Bristol Fashion’ display than we have seen in recent weeks.”

Bristol have a free week before returning to league action against Plymouth Albion at Brickfields on Saturday, 24 October.

Middleton added: “We have to learn lessons from the Nottingham defeat. It’s an unpleasant situation but we have to be mentally tough to recognize it happened.

“We have to be more like the team we saw on Sunday.  It’s important to work our way up the league now. It’s one step at the time but, if we can build on this performance and train really well, it puts us in a good position to keep chipping away.”