LONDON Welsh head coach Justin Burnell insists there is no more pressure on his side at Bristol tonight than there was in the first leg.
The Exiles head to the Memorial Stadium (7.45) for the second leg of their Greene King IPA Championship final with a 19-point lead.
Few Welsh fans would have expected such a margin against opponents who finished top of the regular season table.
But although the odds are now in his side’s favour, Burnell believes the pressure remains on Bristol.
“They are still the favourites,” he said.
“They won the league and have got all the best players.
“We are told it is a sell-out crowd as well.
“We are still underdogs.”
Burnell added: “We are all excited and just looking forward to it now.
“We are in good shape mentally and physically.
“The players worked hard in the first leg and received the rewards that came with it.
“It’s the same principle on Wednesday night.”
With a 12,000 crowd roaring Bristol on in their final match at the Memorial Stadium, it is sure to be a passionate atmosphere.
But Burnell will be doing his best to keep his players calm in advance.
“It’s just about relaxing now,” he said. “The work starts on Wednesday at 7pm.
“Prior to that we will be relaxing.”
One big boost for Burnell is the return of Australian Mitch Lees at blindside flanker.
Lees, who will join Exeter this summer, has been out injured since the victory over Jersey on April 12.
Burnell said: “He has been one of the outstanding players in the Championship and has been well rewarded by having a contract from Exeter.
“He is looking really sharp. He was fit for the first leg, but we felt he wasn’t quite right.
“With Pete Edwards going back to Scarlets as well, a lot of these boys want to sign off their London Welsh careers on a high.”
Lees is one of three changes as Burnell maintains the rotation policy that has served him well this season.
“We have got a squad of 40 players who are pushing each other right to the max,” said Burnell.
“I don’t think there is a huge difference in ability, but they are keeping each other focused.”
Latest Sport news
3:40pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
ULTIMATELY it was a heartbreaker for Oxford United, but here are match highlights from the U's Capital One Cup clash against Premier League West Bromwich Albion last night
3:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
No wins in his first three league games in charge of his new club and very little to cheer about after so much promise when he took over.
11:18am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Live coverage from Wormsley as Oxfordshire take on Devon in their first Minor Counties Trophy final
9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014
MICHAEL Appleton was hugely proud by the way Oxford United stood up to West Bromwich Albion as a dramatic night saw the underdogs knocked out after a penalty shoot-out.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Six Bells C Kidlington clipped the Three Pigeons wings 2-1 as the top two clashed in the Greene King Oxford & District League Premier Section.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Aston Rowant trainer Lawney Hill stages a public open day at her Woodway Farm stables on Saturday, September 13 (10am-12.30pm).
7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Nathan Callow was the star as Marsh Gibbon saw off Wantage by 33 runs at Chipping Norton to win the competition for the first time.
1:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014
10:56pm Tuesday 26th August 2014
OXFORD United put in a magnificent effort as they took West Bromwich Albion all the way to a penalty shoot-out at the Hawthorns.