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Tipuna: First Half Display Gave Us Mountain To Climb

Published on 02nd January 2013 by Tom Tainton

Scrum half insists Bristol will bounce back


Ruki Tipuna admitted that the players left themselves too much to do after a nightmare opening period at Mennaye Field on Tuesday.

Bristol trailed 13-0 inside the opening twenty minutes, and fell further behind before the break, going in 18-3 down at half-time.

“We let ourselves down in the opening fifteen minutes,” said the stand-in skipper. “It’s frustrating because we prepared so well in the week, but a couple of things don’t go our way early on and suddenly we have a mountain to climb.

“We came back fighting in the second half and were unlucky not to get more points on the board, we certainly had the territory but that final pass was lacking.

“Mennaye Field is a really tough place to come and we knew that. If we weren’t on our game, it was going to be very difficult, and we played into their hands.”

Bristol must now prepare for a trip to Belfast to face Ulster Ravens in the B&I Cup and Tipuna insists the Club will bounce back.

He added: “We have a big challenge against Ulster now, but we can’t let our heads drop. We’ll go again and try to get back on track.

“There’s still a huge belief in what we are doing here and this defeat won’t change that. We’ll continue to work hard and focus on making that top four week on week.”