‘We are fighting very hard’ – Traynor

Date published: September 29 2016

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Bristol’s Kyle Traynor says his side have to raise their level of attack if they are too succeed in the Premiership.

Only Newcastle Falcons have scored fewer points than the newly-promoted side in the first four games but have recorded two wins to Bristol’s none.

The West Country team have scored three tries and narrowly missed out on a try bonus point four times this season, but Traynor is confident improvements are being made.

"We have put teams under pressure when we have had the ball but we have not been clinical and ruthless enough. We could have scored more tries and have left a few out there," Traynor told the premiershiprugby.com.

"It’s improving our all-round game and being more clinical in their 22. They are all tough games, we have to learn every weekend and evolve. We are eager to learn. If we can improve and learn we can put in better performances and hopefully make inroads.

"We obviously have not got a win yet but what we have done is improve little areas. It’s putting an 80 minute performance together, we have not done that yet so that’s our big objective."

With the Premiership once again proving to be a big step up from the Championship, Bristol have conceded 164 points in their opening four games.

And Traynor believes that concentration in defence and a fast start will be key components for his side if they’re to stop the reigning Premiership champions Saracens this weekend.

"It’s about starting a lot better, we conceded very early in the (Exeter) game and put ourselves on the back foot; that’s been our big focus to start better," he said.

"It’s something we spend a huge amount of time working on. We have addressed areas and it’s about replicating that every minute of that game.

"If you switch off for half a second you get punished, that does not happen in the Championship, we have to be on point for every minute it’s so ruthless.

"Obviously we are all desperate to get our first win but when it’ll come I don’t know. We are fighting very hard, everyone is working hard and hopefully it will come sooner rather than later."

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