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Holley: Performance Wasn't Good Enough

Published on 16th September 2013 by Tom Tainton

Sean Holley calls for improvement

Sean Holley has urged his players to be more threatening after watching Bristol Rugby slip to an opening day defeat to Cornish Pirates.

“We lacked a bit of cutting edge and there is plenty to work on"

Sean Holley

Bristol could have earned a draw, only for Adrian Jarvis to see his last-gasp conversion attempt sail wide.

But the First Team Coach believes the players need to improve as the Greene King IPA Championship season progresses.

“I thought it was a disappointing spectacle for the Championship,” Holley told “The error count was high, the conditions were poor and every team that plays us is coming for a cup final.

“We need to be ready for that and I don’t think we were on Sunday – I’m disappointed with the performance. We weren’t good enough and that’s a true reflection of where we are right now.

“We didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we certainly didn’t deserve to win it either. The players have to start believing – we looked a little timid and we have to give them confidence to be more threatening.

“I’m expecting more dominance from our players and we need to be putting sides away. We scored at the death, but it was too little, too late.

“We need to set our stall up and change the mindset of our players. Be more relentless, going for teams, being fitter than the opposition and being tenacious.

“We lacked a bit of cutting edge and there is plenty to work on – we need to be better than this.”