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Sean Holley: Bristol must take Ashton Gate game seriously

Published 18/05/2016

Bristol coach Sean Holley wants a focused approach back at Ashton Gate
Bristol coach Sean Holley wants a focused approach back at Ashton Gate

Bristol coach Sean Holley insisted the Championship play-off was far from over despite seeing his side record a comfortable 28-13 win at Doncaster in the first leg.

The table-toppers have one foot back in the Aviva Premiership for the first time since 2009 after tries from David Lemi, Ross McMillan and Ben Glynn saw the visitors overturn a 13-11 half-time deficit.

However, Holley was swift to warn his players not to take their foot off the gas in the return leg at Ashton Gate next Wednesday.

"It's a new game next week," said Holley.

"We start from scratch - the tie is far from over."

Bristol's Tom Varndell was sin-binned in the first half after the referee showed a yellow card for an aerial challenge on Doncaster scrum-half Michael Heaney.

But Holley was perplexed as to why Andy Bulumakau was not dealt a similar punishment after the Knights scrum-half produced a similar tackle on Lemi in the second half which forced the Bristol skipper off the field.

"I couldn't understand the difference between Tom's tackle and the one on David," added Holley.

Will Hurrell scored Doncaster's try with Dec Cusack kicking two penalties and a conversion, but the home side spent long periods on the back foot.

Cusack opened the scoring after three minutes with a penalty from the game's first scrum and, having shut Bristol out despite them camping in the hosts' territory for 12 minutes, Hurrell's breakaway try after 22 minutes and a Sheedy penalty late in the half had them ahead at the break.

And Doncaster boss Clive Griffiths hopes his side can make a similarly swift start next week to get themselves back in the tie.

"I'm really disappointed but we are still in the game," he said.

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