Exiles coach Ross plays down big-match clash

The Oxford Times: Gordon Ross Gordon Ross

LONDON Welsh assistant coach Gordon Ross has talked down the significance of tomorrow’s trip to Greene King IPA Championship leaders Bristol (7.45).

With the sides possibly facing each other in the play-off final with an Aviva Premiership place at stake, this match might be an opportunity for Welsh to lay down a marker.

But Ross said: “Having been in the play-offs a few times before, I know a match like this doesn’t make any difference to what happens at the end of the season.

“The big emphasis this week has simply been to try to improve our games and learn from our mistakes.

“We are in no doubt that it is going to be a huge challenge. Bristol have been scoring points for fun.

“It is no different to any other game, but Bristol being top is a bit of extra motivation.”

Second-placed Welsh go into the game looking to complete a double over their rivals.

But Ross insisted they would not be altering the tactics that have served them well this season.

“We have not really changed too much this season and I don’t think now is the time to be changing things around,” he said.

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