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Johnston: We Won't Get Carried Away

Published on 24th December 2012 by Tom Tainton

Hooker says Bristol will remain grounded


Ross Johnston insists the players will not get carried away after the 26-18 defeat of Doncaster on Sunday.

The victory moves Bristol into the top four for the first time this season, but the hooker believes there are plenty of challenges to come in the New Year.

“We targeted the games over the Christmas period to pick up points, so the job is half done,” said Johnston.

“We’re a little bit disappointed with our performance today, because we didn’t really click as we have done in recent weeks.

“We’re into fourth spot now, which makes the game against Pirates on New Year’s Day even bigger for us now.  We need to take one game at a time and see where it leads.

“You can’t plan too far ahead because you get stung, so it’s a case of being patient and paying complete respect to every team we come up against. We want to take our win over Doncaster and build on that in 2013.”

Bristol face Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field on New Year’s Day, a ground that doesn’t hold many happy memories for Johnston.

“We don’t have a good record there, certainly not in my time with the Club,” he admitted. “It’s a really tough place to play, one of the hardest places to go in the league.

“If we can get our game right, then we have a good chance – we have to go there full of confidence on the back of our recent run of good form.

“Things weren’t going our way at the beginning of the season, but we have regrouped and gone back to basics. If we continue to work hard, the rewards will come.”