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Re: Bristol prospects?
Posted by: Leipziger
Date: 06/10/2016 08:20
"Trying to play at 98% when you have been used to being tested at 96% is actually a massive change."

That's what I thought when people talked about Bristol coming up and suddenly being really good and competitive - they have been used to only being really tested once every few weeks, if that. They could probably relax after 60 or even 40 minutes most weeks in the Championship. Now they need to be on it for 80 minutes every week and that's a big psychological change, not to mention a test of physical and mental fitness.

"In the short term perhaps we need to protect a promoted team from relegation in their first year."

I would go with that on two conditions:
1) if the promoted team finishes bottom, then the team that finishes 11th is relegated instead, rather than using it as an excuse to ringfence the league for a year.
2) that it isn't used as an excuse to continue to underfund the promoted team - they should get equal funding to the rest of the Premiership teams.

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