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Home form the key for Beveridge


Interview: Bristol scrum-half Graeme Beveridge

Scrum-half Graeme Beveridge says Bristol must improve their home form if they are to turn around last season's disappointing Premiership finish.

Beveridge, 32, told BBC Points West the club can qualify for the play-offs and Heineken Cup this season if they pick up more points at the Memorial Stadium.

"First and foremost [we must] get the form right in front of that vociferous crowd and take it from there," he said.

"We'll be looking to win all the home games and finish further up."

Beveridge says Bristol will need to better all areas of their game.

"Attack-wise we didn't score as many tries as we'd like so we're building on that, especially with the new laws it might be a quicker, more attack-orientated game," he said.

"Bristol's been noted for its defence but last year we let that slip a bit.

"We're doing a lot of work to tighten that area up. Obviously, if you're not conceding tries, it makes it easier to win."

Beveridge is pleased their first fixture will see Bristol face Bath, who finished six places ahead of their local rivals last season.

"If we can start well then we could end up third or fourth," added Beveridge.

"We're not looking at the long-term. We've got Bath at home, so a huge local derby, look to start that one well and you never know."

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