Jones trusts Welsh to deliver after lay-off

Your Local Guardian: Leader of the pack: London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones Leader of the pack: London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones trusts his players to deliver when they step on the pitch to face Bristol after an Easter bank holiday break.

The Exiles face their Championship Pool A rivals at Old Deer Park this afternoon needing only a point from their final two fixtures to reach the knockout stage of the competition and leave just two teams between them and life in the Premiership.

Jones does not believe the two-week break will have an adverse affect on the Exiles, but warned his players their livelihoods may depend on it.

“I don’t anticipate it being difficult, but it’s down to the individual,” said Jones.

“Players should realise that every time they cross that white line they get measured – their livelihoods depend on the strength of their performance.

“All you’re looking for is boys to be more consistent in the way they prepare during the week, and consistency and continuity in performance. If you can do that you’ve got a future, and a successful one.

“We’ve built up some momentum, so it will be interesting to see how we respond after the break.

“I think players can take the break for what it is and that’s a chance to recharge physically and mentally and come back bigger and better, and build on the things they’ve progressed on. Bad players can’t do it.”

Today will be Welsh and Bristol’s fourth meeting of the season, with each team securing a win to go with the play-off draw between them last month.

And Jones was convinced the fact the Sky Sports were in residence this weekend, would add some extra spice.

“People are measured by their peers and everyone will want to put in a good strong performance,” he added.

“It will bring an edge to the game.”

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