Bristol bond pleases Varndell

Date published: January 2 2017

Tom Varndell has hailed the performances of new signing Jason Woodward and believes Bristol are developing a belief they can avoid the drop.

Varndell, who scored a record equalling 90th try in the Premiership on Sunday, was part of the side that beat Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The win was their second successive league victory and has dragged the Sharks into a relegation fight with them and Worcester Warriors.

Varndell though is confident in his team after their latest triumph and feels something is building under acting head coach Mark Tainton.

"We have got a great bond in the dressing room – we're fighting for each other and always have," he said when speaking to the Bristol Post.

"But it's clear to see there's been a change of mentality in the way we play. I think we play with a bit more attacking flair.

"We're not scared to throw it wide – I think we were quite defensive and a little bit negative at the start of the season, especially after the Double Header [a defeat to Harlequins].

"I think we started kicking a lot of ball away, and we've definitely started to actually play now."

He added on how New Zealander Woodward has improved their game since his arrival: "Jason coming on board has been massive for us, and young Billy Searle as well – he's playing with no fear. He's a young kid and he wants to go out and chuck the ball around. That's massive for us.

"If we can continue in that style of play, then hopefully we can still be in the Premiership next year."