PREVIEW: Bristol Rugby vs Cardiff
BEN Glynn has said that Bristol's players need to continue winning on the pitch to ensure they keep up with the progress the club is making off it.
In the past few weeks, Bristol have announced plans to move in with Bristol City at a redeveloped Ashton Gate or a new stadium at Ashton Vale, as well as appointing Andy Robinson as their new director of rugby.
They have also signed five Aviva Premiership players – Errie Claassens, Andy Short, Peter Buxton, Mark Sorenson and Nicky Robinson – for next season.
But lock Glynn said the onus was on the current crop of players to ensure the club gets results where it matters – on the field.
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Bristol host Cardiff this evening in their British & Irish Cup Pool One finale, where a point would be enough to see Bristol into the quarter-finals and a win will guarantee them a home tie. We're on a good run at the moment, we've got some momentum building up, so we can't focus too much on what's going on off the field," said Glynn. "We've got to focus on what's happening on the field.
"It's a good place to be at the moment, but we've got to make sure we do the business on the field – first things first.
"There's no point in having everything in place off the field if we don't do the business on the field, so performances must come first.
"It would be a massive boost to have a home quarter-final – and that would be the reward for winning on Friday, so we know how important it is.
"We have great support wherever we go, but particularly at the Mem, so it would be a massive help for us to have a home quarter-final."
That said, Glynn would not be human if he had not thought about the prospect of working under incoming director of rugby Robinson in the near future.
For a young forward, just making his way in the game, the opportunity to work under a man who was England's forwards coach when they won the World Cup in 2003 is extremely appealing.
"It's definitely an exciting prospect," said Glynn. "He's going to bring so much experience to the club and we're going to take every opportunity to gain from his experience and really learn from him.
"I think the appointment of Robinson (pictured) shows the ambition of the club, which is in line with the boys' ambition. It's really good for the club that we've got someone with that much experience coming in."
After winning five games from five so far in this season's British & Irish Cup, Bristol tonight face a Cardiff team with five defeats from five in the competition.
But Glynn, even at 21, has been around long enough to know to expect a fierce battle this evening.
"It's the old Wales versus England thing, so they'll be coming across the bridge baying for blood," he said.
"It will definitely be a good game but we've just got to play our own game and make sure we take it to them. Every game now until the end of the season is a must-win game for us. We've got to go out, play our game, impose ourselves on Cardiff and come away with the points.
"It's just a case of building now. We've been improving our performances week on week, and confidence in the squad has been growing."
Bristol: J Tovey; G Watkins, F Otto, B Mosses, R Edwards; T Roberts, R Tipuna (capt); B Douglas, R Lawrence, W Thompson, B Glynn, G Townson, A Faosiliva, J Merriman, M Mama. Reps: T Channon, M Lilley, G Biagi, R Pennycook, J Grindal, A Jarvis, J Goodridge.