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Bristol Rugby’s Mitch Eadie: We owe the fans one last big performance

Bristol Rugby’s Mitch Eadie: We owe the fans one last big performance

Bristol Rugby’s Mitch Eadie has issued a rallying cry to his teammates to play for the fans in their final Aviva Premiership Rugby match of the season against Newcastle Falcons this weekend.

The Bristolian flanker admitted it has been a tough season but said his side owed their supporters one last performance at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Eadie has made 21 appearances so far this season, scoring four tries, and admits the Premiership has been a big step up.

The 24-year-old said: “It has been a tough first season in the Premiership and we are disappointed the way it has gone.

“But we owe it to our fans to give one last big performance this weekend. We have had a big following for the whole year and they have supported us all the way so they deserve a victory.”

“When you make a mistake it gets punished with a try. The physicality of the league, coming up against bigger and stronger players, has been a big challenge for all of us.

Bristol put in a positive display in their penultimate game against high-flying Saracens, leading at half time 9-3, only to be undone by a late rally by the home side at Allianz Park.

Acting head coach Mark Tainton’s side will now face Newcastle on Saturday knowing they will finish in 12th position.

But local lad Eadie, a product of Filton College, has taken many positives from the campaign and admitted his pride at helping take Bristol back to the top flight.

He said: “Being a Bristolian, coming up through the ranks, getting promoted and then playing in the top flight for Bristol has been a dream come true.”

The flanker revealed: “(Twickenham) was a standout moment and one that I will never forget.

“All of my family came down for the occasion which was fantastic. I cannot describe the emotions of the occasion.”

Eadie, alongside team-mate Jamal Ford-Robinson, will be joining Northampton Saints at the end of the current season.

And the 26-year-old picked out future team-mate Saints’ Louis Picamoles as the biggest challenge he has faced during the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

He admitted: “I have to pick out Picamoles, he easily evades tackles and is a quality player. For me, he is one of the best in the world and it has been a real challenge facing him.”

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