London Welsh winger Seb Stegmann admits the size of the defeat his team suffered against Exeter Chiefs last Sunday was a shock.
The newly promoted club suffered a 52-0 hammering at home to the Chiefs in their first game back in the Premiership since 2013.
Fielding a number of new but experienced signings such as Piri Weepu and Olly Barkley, Welsh were lacklustre in defence and missed any execution going forward on a dismal return to the top flight.
Facing a trip to The Rec this Friday to take on Bath, Stegmann admitted the loss was a wake-up call for the squad.
“It was a bit of a shock to everyone really, everyone’s disappointed because we have actually been playing quite well in pre-season and in training,” said Stegmann.
“There are definitely things to work on, there were some monumental individual errors and it is uncharacteristic with how we have been doing leading up to the first game.
“It’s a wake-up call, we have to bounce back to the shock because this is what it’s going to be like for the whole season. You play top teams every week in the Premiership.
“We need to buck our ideas up, when you look at the size of the scoreline we only have ourselves to blame.
“We have to fight back.”