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RUGBY UNION: Burnell keeps big picture in focus
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
LONDON Welsh head coach Justin Burnell is not getting too carried away by today’s top-of-the-table clash at Rotherham.
The Exiles and the Titans are the league’s only remaining unbeaten sides after three rounds.
But Burnell does not see the game as being decisive at this early stage of the season.
“There is still such a long way to go, it is about maintaining momentum,” he said.
“It is an exciting game and they are a good side.
“It is the third game of four to be on the road for us and we will be ready.”
Rotherham have Ed Williamson (forwards coach) and fellow former London Welsh back-rower Alfie To’oala among their ranks.
And Burnell is looking for a more complete performance against them and their teammates.
“In the second half against Nottingham, we came on strong and we did the same against Plymouth,” he said.
“I don’t think we are going to be able to rely on that against Rotherham.
“We need to play well in both halves.”
Burnell said he did not have a particular plan to combat the Yorkshire side, but is confident Welsh can raise their game.
“It is all about ourselves, I don’t really get bogged down about the opposition,” he said.
“If we get our game right, I think we can keep our run going.
“It is when we make mistakes that we cause ourselves problems.”
As for how long the Exiles can stay unbeaten, Burnell is not looking too far ahead.
“I am very much game to game, to be honest,” he said.
“I have got enough on my mind about Rotherham, let alone London Scottish the week afterwards.”
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