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BRISTOL director of rugby Andy Robinson says the Memorial Stadium crowd will give them a ten-point advantage against London Welsh tonight.
Robinson hopes the home support will give his side an extra lift as they seek to turn around a 27-8 deficit.
Before the first leg, Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said the Kassam Stadium crowd would be worth seven points to his side, but Robinson has gone further.
“We feel the crowd gives us a ten-point advantage,” he said.
“We really feel they can give the side a lift.
“It’s about being able to thrive on the atmosphere that’s created.
“We’re looking for every Bristol player to stand up and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Robinson also stressed that referee Luke Pearce will need to be strong.
He said: “We felt that we got dominated at the set-piece – which was disappointing, and we’ve tried to clarify a few interpretations around London Welsh’s maul.
“The two tries they scored, we felt were illegal, and we need the referee to be strong there. But also in the dominance of the scrum.”
12:33pm Friday 19th December 2014
PIRI Weepu returns to the London Welsh starting line-up for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership fixture with Saracens at Allianz Park (KO 3pm).
12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014
JOSH Ashby is good enough to play in Oxford United’s side right now, but the teenager knows his time will come, according to head coach Michael Appleton.
9:40am Friday 19th December 2014
RONNIE Moore is braced for a tough first game in charge of Hartlepool United after comparing opponents Oxford United to Real Madrid.
9:30am Friday 19th December 2014
John Campbell admits it would be difficult to keep his kit on if he was able to make an impact on debut for Oxford United tomorrow.
Interactive match preview: Appleton and Hylton on goals; Moore likens United to Real Madrid; Howard's future; Ashby; club stalwart departs + video
9:34am Friday 19th December 2014
Get ready for kick-off with our interactive preview of Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool
9:10am Friday 19th December 2014
THERE were times earlier this season when it felt like Danny Hylton was scoring in every game, but Oxford United’s top scorer is not getting weighed down by a sudden barren run in front of goal.
9:00am Friday 19th December 2014
FINDING a predator to turn dominance into goals has been an Achilles’ heel for Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton is hopeful two candidates will emerge over the festive period.
8:00am Friday 19th December 2014
ABOUT 150 supporters have taken advantage of Oxford United’s offer of free transport to tomorrow’s game at Hartlepool United.
7:30am Friday 19th December 2014
North Leigh boss Mark Gee admitted he is ‘wary’ of struggling Wantage Town as his side travel to Alfredian Park in Division 1 South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League tomorrow, writes Matthew Bruce.
7:20am Friday 19th December 2014
A calf injury to Dan Gardner has exacerbated Kidlington’s injury concerns ahead of the visit of Highworth Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.