Carnegie Coach Tommy McGee said the team are highly motivated and will throw everything they can at Bristol in their Greene King IPA Championship game at Ashton Gate this Sunday.

McGee said the team have worked hard in training following their disappointing defeat against London Scottish and will be looking for an improved performance against the league leaders.

“On Monday morning we reviewed the game and went through the things that really hurt the side against London Scottish.  We were honest in a constructive manner, but in a manner that had to be done because if we don’t do it that way we hide behind it and we make no progression. We have been very clear about what we are looking for and what we are not looking for and how that impacts the team.  We want to win games of rugby but we have to do certain things better and part of that was our huge indiscipline, which didn’t give us a chance to win.

“One of the themes we have spoken to the team about is ‘listen and do’, as basic as that sounds.  Listening, whether that be to the referee, the leaders or the callers or to the coaches at half time, then they need to adapt and do it.  I’ve not finger pointed that anyone is not good enough, that is not the case, they are more than capable.  We have got a great squad here with good people and what we need to appreciate is we need to listen as the game develops and when the heat comes on we need to adapt and do the right things at the right time.

“We have to throw everything we can at the Bristol game so we have a motivated group.  Do we believe we can win – absolutely – but we are going to have to be a lot better than we were against Scottish.”