"Bristol are a good side and under Andy Robinson, they are going to be formidable opponents on Sunday. They have been in excellent form in the B&I Cup so far this year and we're aware of the size of the task that's awaiting us. Andy has steadied the ship there after an inconsistent spell, and they've won their last two games on the bounce, away to Jersey and home to Plymouth last weekend in the Championship.
"Looking at how tight qualification was for the quarter finals this year, it just emphasises the quality of the teams across the competition. In recent years a number of our players have gained valuable experience and have pushed on to claim provincial, as well as international honours. That can only be of benefit to the long-term growth of our Academy and senior squads.
"The stop-start nature of the calendar can be a challenge to manage in terms of match sharpness, but I know that the players who are selected this weekend will be giving it their all to get into the semi-finals. We're going to be boosted by some players who featured for the seniors during their recent run of wins during the Six Nations, as well as several others who were involved with Lansdowne who won the AIL last weekend. It's great to see Leinster clubs doing so well in recent years with Old Belvedere, St. Mary's College and now Lansdowne winning the league and hopefully we can take that form with us.
"It has been a long season on a number of fronts, but judging by the enthusiasm of the team in training this week, there's a real energy as we bid to get into the semi-finals in late April. It won't be easy, but we're ready for the challenge."