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'Everyone Is Desperate To Play Their Part'

Bristol Rugby captain, David Lemi, explains that the whole squad are eager to play their part in the league run in to ensure selection come the play-offs.

We round off our home fixtures of the regular season against a Moseley team desperate for points and a result to help stave off the threat of relegation. There are no easy games but in the Championship, but this fixture will be fiercely contested because there is a lot to play for. We have huge respect for Moseley and the threats that they will bring.

We are focusing on ourselves and the job that we need to do, because it’s important to keep focusing on the processes and the improvements we need to make in defence and attack. It’s been a long time since we’ve played a game at Ashton Gate and the last few weeks have been quite stop-start without a regular run of fixtures.

All players want to do is to be playing regularly because it’s the best way to build form and momentum in our performances. We know the prize at the end of the tunnel, but as easy as it is to think about what is to come, it’s important to stay grounded and focus on what is in front of us: Moseley at home, followed by Bedford Blues on the final day of the regular campaign.

As captain, it’s always a proud occasion to lead this team out in the blue and white of Bristol. This Friday night will be no different. Ashton Gate has been a fortress for us in 2016 and we need to keep that going as we approach the business end of the season. Any team wants to be able to rely on their home form and we want opposition to fear coming to Ashton Gate.

With a week away from a first team fixture, the boys have been putting in the hard work on the training field. There’s a good atmosphere in the squad at the moment and the boys are full of confidence on the back of a long winning run. Everyone is desperate to play their part in the run in to the play-offs because there is always a chance for someone to force themselves into recognition for first team selection.

The supporters have been fantastic for us home and away all season and we want to repay their loyalty over the coming weeks. It’s an important period for everyone associated with Bristol Rugby and everyone is looking forward to meeting the challenge head on. First things first, we need to end the regular season strongly so that we go into that first semi-final with a good run of form behind us and the boys fit and firing for the knockout stages.

Written by David Lemi - captain Lemi has had two spells at Bristol  racking up 323 points in the process. Click here to find out more about David on the Bristol Rugby website.

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Bristol Rugby's final regular Greene King IPA Championship home game of the season against Moseley takes place on Friday, April 15th (7.45pm) at Ashton Gate - tickets are still available to purchase online here.