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London Welsh will emerge even stronger from their last gasp defeat to Bristol, according to head coach Lyn Jones.

The Exiles led from first minute to last at the Memorial Stadium in front of the live Sky Sports cameras, only to lose 35-33 to Jack Toveys converted injury-time try.

Last Fridays loss was the second time this season Welsh have found themselves on the end of a painful late defeat the other coming at the hands of Bedford in the British & Irish Cup when the Blues claimed victory from the games last play.

Those type of experiences can make you bigger, better and stronger and we will come back bigger and better from such disappointments, said Jones. The secret of success is how you deal with those disappointments.

Welsh were given the perfect start against Bristol when Rob Lewis dived over in the first minute and further tries from Hudson Tongauiha and Edd Thrower saw them lead 23-10 at the break.

Ed Jackson crossed for his eighth of try of the season but it wasnt enough as two tries from George Watkins kept the home side in touch and Tovey provided the late sting.

Its funny how disappointed you can be in defeat, but at the same time be really pleased with the effort and accuracy of our play, said Jones.

The players worked really hard, but didnt get their just rewards. We really leaked some cheap points and Bristol must be wondering how they won that.

Our contact work was good and our lineout work was good. We suffered a little in the scrum area.

Welsh had gone into the game keen to wipe out the memory of a disappointing performance against Rotherham at Old Deer Park, which saw the Exiles go down 33-25.

Losing to Rotherham was a shock to us and obviously things needed to be addressed and we went about it in a workmanlike manner, and Im just disappointed for the players, added Jones.

We were disappointed against Rotherham but what was important is that we turned up at Bristol. We did turn up and we delivered and we performed well, but not always the best team wins.

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