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Ferguson: Inaccuracy Cost Us Game

Published on 19th August 2013 by Tom Tainton

Forwards Coach rues lack of accuracy

Matt Ferguson pinpointed accuracy as an area where Bristol Rugby must improve after a heavy loss to local rivals Bath on Saturday.

Bristol went down 69-5 in the opening pre-season fixture, but the Forwards Coach believes Bristol will learn from the defeat.

“It’s never about the score at this stage,” Ferguson told bristolrugby.co.uk. “It’s about the inaccuracy that we showed out there – it cost us the game.

“That’s where the guys might be hurting a little, it’s because we let ourselves down in some areas with our accuracy. One error and they were under the sticks – that’s a lesson that we need to learn.

“A number of Bath tries came from turnovers and we must hold our hands up and say that we weren’t accurate enough.

“We want to play the best teams and be exposed to that amount of pressure. That’s why we played Bath and that’s why we’ll go to Exeter.”

Bristol conceded seven tries after the break as the home side took advantage of an error-ridden second half display.

Ferguson added: “The score got away from us, that’s the reason why Bath are a European team. We’ve got something tangible now, some evidence to use as a reference going forward.

“It’s been a long pre-season and that’s what this stage is about: finding the areas we need to work on and improving in those areas, the players are confident enough and capable enough to do that.”