Charlie Amesbury: Bristol can improve on 12-try Ealing win

Wing Charlie Amesbury says Bristol can still improve, even after scoring 12 tries to earn a record Championship win over Ealing Trailfinders.

Sunday's 82-28 victory was the club's biggest winning margin in a league game and made certain of a play-off place.

But 27-year-old Amesbury, who scored a hat-trick, told BBC Radio Bristol: "The team have got a lot of development to do before we look at the play-offs

"It's given us confidence but we've still got a lot of work to do."

Amesbury crossed three times along with Jack Wallace (2), Luke Baldwin, Bryan Rennie, Jack Tovey, Iain Grieve, Ollie Hayes, George Watkins and Mitch Eadie.

The victory - Bristol's 10th in succession in the Championship - kept Andy Robinson's side top of the league with three rounds of fixtures remaining.

Top of the Championship table

Played

Points

1

Bristol

20

81

2

London Welsh

20

77

3

Rotherham

20

70

4

Leeds

20

70

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5

London Scottish

20

57

However, Amesbury said they need to tighten their defence after allowing bottom side Ealing to claim a losing bonus point.

"We stepped up in attack, but against an Ealing team, who are in a dogfight themselves, we really shouldn't have let them in to get the bonus point," added the former Sale player.

"Sean [Holley, coach] has put in a really good system but we just need to tidy up around the edges. We rely a bit too much on our attack and we've got to focus on our defence, we've been saying this for weeks now."

Amesbury has been fighting for a regular first-team place this season, making 13 appearances so far, and hopes his performance on Sunday will keep him in the side for the British and Irish Cup quarter-final against Rotherham on Friday.

"There's a lot of players who have come in and put in a good effort to stay there and stake a claim," said the former Harlequins youth player.

"I hope I've done well enough. I loved it here at the Mem and I'd love to be in the team against Rotherham."