Wil­liams up­beat de­spite agony at Ex­eter

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership - NICK VERDIER

BRIS­TOL were “gut­ted” not to beat Ex­eter at Sandy Park last time out and scrum-half Rho­dri Wil­liams is call­ing for another good per­for­mance ahead of their clash against Wasps to­day.

Hav­ing gone into half­time lead­ing 24-17, the Premier­ship’s bot­tom side still led 34-31 mid­way through the sec­ond half but a try three min­utes from time from Thomas Wal­drom de­nied them a mas­sive vic­tory in their quest to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

In­stead, with three games left to play, they trail Worcester by 12 points and look set to re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

“We were gut­ted af­ter the game last week,” Wil­liams told The Rugby Pa­per. “We thought we should have had the five points which shows how well we’d per­formed on the day.

“Ill-dis­ci­pline cost us in the end but it was a good con­fi­dence builder and it was still one of our best de­fen­sive per­for­mance of the sea­son, which is good be­fore we play Wasps.

“We know it’s go­ing to be tough but we’re not go­ing to give up. We’ll fo­cus on what we can con­trol which is our per­for­mances. That’s all we can ask from the play­ers.”

Re­gard­less of what hap­pens to Bris­tol over the next few weeks, Wil­liams will stay at the club af­ter a sea­son full of pos­i­tives on a per­sonal level.

The 23-year-old joined from Scar­lets last sum­mer and reck­ons his all-round game has im­proved af­ter work­ing with for­mer Wales star Dwayne Peel in train­ing, and play­ing in a league where weekly re­sults mat­ter.

He added: “Play­ing in a league with rel­e­ga­tion adds that edge to­wards the bot­tom of the ta­ble. It’s a very com­pet­i­tive league be­cause no one wants to go down. You don’t have that pres­sure at the bot­tom of the ta­ble in the PRO12.

“I have re­ally en­joyed my first sea­son in Bris­tol. I’ve been work­ing a lot in train­ing with Dwayne and my ba­sics have im­proved a lot.

“I have another year on my con­tract so I’ll stay next sea­son. The club is am­bi­tious. We want to move for­ward and I’d like to be part of it.”

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