Robinson hopes to help Bristol out of jam

Lee Robinson is rewarded for his excellent cameo performance against Northampton last weekend and is named on the right wing as Bristol head up the M5 to take on Worcester on Saturday. Bristol are also boosted by the return from injury of Jason Hobson.

Robinson (pictured) came off the bench against the Saints last Sunday, scored one try and was involved in the build up to another as Bristol’s second half comeback came up just short in a 25-21 defeat.

His display would have given Richard Hill a selection poser but, with Tom Arscott sidelined with a sore shoulder, the decision to name him in the starting line up was an easy one.

Hobson last featured against Northampton in the Guinness Premiership on November 16th and has since been sidelined with a neck injury but makes a welcome return as Bristol return to Guinness Premiership action seeking valuable league points.

Robinson is the only new face in the backline although, with skipper Joe El Abd ruled out with a bicep injury, scrum half Shaun Perry takes over the captaincy.

Up front, it’s a new look front row as Alex Clarke and Mark Regan return as well as Hobson. In the second row, Mariano Sambucetti comes in for Dave Attwood and only Dan Ward-Smith retains his spot in the back row as Alfie To’oala and Redford Pennycook earn starts.

Head Coach Richard Hill admitted that his team will have to be quick out of the blocks at Sixways on Saturday.

“What we have to do is take our two second half performances against London Irish in the Guinness Premiership and Northampton Saints in the European Challenge Cup and start well against Worcester. We cannot afford to start slowly.”

“We’ve started so poorly in our past three games that the game has effectively been over by half time and then you’re playing catch up in the second half. We can’t afford that to happen at Sixways.”

“We’ve been working on our intensity this week by introducing more contact into training. It’s a balancing act and sometimes you have to risk picking up an injury in training in order to up the physicality. So, we’ve had several full on contact sessions and I think that’s done us a lot of good.”

Hill also pointed out that Worcester may well be looking over their shoulders in terms of league position.

“Worcester have spent a lot of money trying to break into the top 6 but are still in the bottom half of the table and need something from their next two home games otherwise they could be dragged into the relegation fight.”

“So, there’s a lot of pressure on them and, if we can go there and get a win at the weekend, then that will increase the pressure and drag them right into it. It’s nothing new to us, we’re not nervous about it. We’re used to it and we know how to deal with it.”

Bristol Rugby:

Luke Arscott; Lee Robinson, Neil Brew, Luke Eves, David Lemi; Ed Barnes, Shaun Perry (capt); Alex Clarke, Mark Regan, Jason Hobson; Mariano Sambucetti, Robert Sidoli; Alfie To’oala, Redford Pennycook, Dan Ward-Smith


Scott Linklater, Darren Crompton, Nathan Budgett, James Phillips, Graeme Beveridge, Adrian Jarvis, Greg Barden.

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