It will be tough – Mul­downey

Western Daily Press - - Rugby -

ALY Mul­downey be­lieves this week­end’s Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup clash against Wasps is an op­por­tu­nity to lay down a marker ahead of Bris­tol Bears’ re­turn to Gallagher Pre­mier­ship ac­tion against Ex­eter Chiefs on Sun­day, November 18.

The sec­ond-row for­ward – who made his long-awaited re­turn from in­jury against Glouces­ter at Ash­ton Gate last week­end – says Dai Young’s team will pro­vide a stern test for Bris­tol at the Ri­coh Arena on Sun­day.

“Wasps have got some of the most dan­ger­ous play­ers in the coun­try, so we’re ex­pect­ing a tough game,” Mul­downey told the official club web­site.

“We’re build­ing back into the Pre­mier­ship, so we’ll prob­a­bly see stronger teams this week.

“It will be a good test and a good chance to see where we are be­fore we get on to Ex­eter.

“As a for­ward pack, we were re­ally pleased with the Glouces­ter game. We put in a lot of hard work off of the field, so it was good to see the tran­si­tion from the train­ing ground to the pitch – es­pe­cially up front, be­cause we’ve been work­ing re­ally hard with (for­wards coach) Jonathan Thomas and (scrum coach) Iro (Mark Ir­ish) and we saw that re­flected on the pitch.”

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