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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, December 27th 2019

‘A golden opportunity missed’ - Lam

A disappointed Pat Lam was left to rue some costly errors from his side, as Nizaam Carr's late try condemned Bristol Bears to first home defeat of the season on Friday night.

Callum Sheedy's penalty looked to have won it for Bristol late on, but Carr's powerful surge down the right touchline snatched a dramatic win for the visitors - and the Director of Rugby said his side had missed 'a golden opportunity'. 

"It's the second (home) game in a row where we've blown the lead," he said.

"To concede from 80 metres out is not great. We've got to be honest, it wasn't our best performance - a lot of turnovers, penalties, and fair play, they held them out.

"We worked our way back into it, but to do all of that work and then give that away, that's disappointing for us.

"Our defence had held us in good stead because we spent so much time on it, but certainly on that last play, defence was the issue.

"Our maul defence is normally good, but after that, we've just got to hold our shape, and we gave up our shape on that left-hand side, gave them the edge, and that's not what we're about.

"So, we're just going to have to suck this one up, take the points and regroup. There's a long way to go, but we've missed a golden opportunity there."