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'We must match Leinster intensity on Friday night' - Marsden

  • 'Important to bounce back defeat to Doncaster in previous round'
  • 'It will be a tough test - Leinster is a massive club'
  • 'I’m looking forward to being involved in the coaching setup for these games'
  • 'The players are hugely excited, there’s a real buzz and a real energy about them'

Academy backs coach, Sean Marsden, says he is relishing the opportunity to see Bristol's young charges in action ahead of this week’s British and Irish Cup clash with group leaders Leinster A on Friday.

Marsden, who links up with Pat Lam as part of the coaching team, says Bristol are focused on bouncing back from a defeat to Doncaster Knights last time out in this competition, but knows the Irish province will provide a stern test.

“It was disappointing to lose against Doncaster last time out in this competition, so this is an opportunity for us to go back-to-back against Leinster and come out with really positive results,” he said.

“It will be a really tough test. They’re a massive club, they’ve got a great academy system and they’re strong right across the province. So, we’re expecting a dynamic test against a well-coached side, so we’re going to have to be at our best to win."

Callum Sheedy in action against Doncaster Knights in the previous round of the B&I Cup (JMP UK).

“It’s a good challenge for players and coaches alike. I’m really looking forward to the experience of being involved in the coaching setup for these games and it’s going to be great to get out there on Friday night and put in a good display. 

“We talk about young players getting the chance to learn, but as young coaches, we learn loads as well. Pat (Lam) and Conor (McPhillips) have been great and helped us along the way and we’re really relishing the chance to take the team into the game this week.”

Leinster A are sitting pretty at the top of Pool 2 with maximum points from their opening two games, with Marsden predicting an intense and energetic performance from Friday’s visitors."

“We’ve got to match their intensity, enthusiasm and energy on Friday night in front of a really passionate Bristol crowd and we want to go out and put in a cracking display."

Sean Marsden, academy backs coach

“We’ve got to match their intensity, enthusiasm and energy on Friday night in front of a really passionate Bristol crowd and we want to go out and put in a cracking display,” he said.

“Every time the guys go out to represent Bristol, it’s a big opportunity. The league is obviously the priority this season, but there’s no drop off in this competition."

“The players are hugely excited, you can see it them on the training field, there’s a real buzz and a real energy. 

“The players are leading by example and excited to get out there and play. 

“Friday night lights is good, we’re hoping for a big turnout at Ashton Gate. As a player, it is nice to play in these occasions and we hope we can send the fans home happy on Friday.”

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