10:00am Saturday 5th October 2013
By Ed Mezzetti
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
SEB Jewell says there is as much frustration as there is celebration in the London Welsh squad, despite winning their first three matches.
The Exiles lie one point and two places behind leaders Rotherham, whom they visit today, but feel they have much to improve.
Jewell played in Welsh’s 2012 Championship-winning side as well as in the Premiership last season and feels their squad is as strong as it has been in that time.
He said: “It is wierd to think that we have won three games convincingly, but there is still a sense of frustration.
“There is a huge belief in the squad.
“We are not turning up on Monday and thinking ‘how good are we’, we are thinking ‘we really should have done this or that better’.
“Everyone in this squad is fighting for places.
“Everyone knows that if they play badly or train badly, they are not going to get picked.
“Justin Burnell can have one side in his head on the Monday, but if we don’t perform we can be out of it by the end of the week.”
Saturday’s match pairs the Championship’s two remaining unbeaten sides, but Jewell admits Welsh’s strength in depth means there are other games they could “cruise” through this season.
However, he stressed: “We will keep demanding more of each other.
“We have got guys like Andy Titterrell, who is a Lion, and Gordon Ross with 30 Scotland caps, and their standards rub off on the rest of the players.
“We need to step up our game each week and in training.
“If we keep doing that, there is no reason why we can’t be in the Premiership this time next year.”
Jewell added: “Justin is a very honest coach. If you come off the pitch and he thinks you have played badly, you will know about it.
“If you have not done your role, then there is no hiding place.”
Looking ahead to Rotherham, Jewell said: “The aim is to try and put in a performance that is more than one half.
“We were disappointed with how we started the game against Plymouth.
“We are really focused on doing what we do right and not getting sucked into how the opposition play.
“It is a tough place to go and should be a big test for us.
“Newcastle set the standard last year by the fact that they went unbeaten until the last match.
“We need to make sure that we keep our good start going.”
Jewell largely played at inside centre last season, but he has been used at full back so far this campaign.
“I am enjoying it. It is a different role,” he said.
“With Tom May coming in as captain and all the experience he has, it has meant a move for me.
“But I am happy just to be playing.
“There is so much competition, just to get into the starting XV is great.
“It gives me a different perspective on the game, but there is a lot more running.”
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