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Posted Thursday, June 3rd 2021

'A huge challenge at Welford Road' - Lam

Pat Lam is expecting a physical challenge to rival last week’s clash with Sale Sharks, when the Bears take on Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday (live on Channel 5, 3pm KO).

The Bears can seal a home semi-final with victory over Steve Borthwick’s side, but Director of Rugby, Lam is under no illusions about the task at hand.

“I think Leicester have improved massively under Steve Borthwick, he’s a very experienced coach. People have talked about the Leicester way, their DNA, all about up front, being direct, being physical, so we can take some of last week and use it this week.

'A real edge at training'

“All it does is underline the challenge – there are fans back at Welford Road, we know what that’s like, it’ll be intimidating in that sense, but again, it just raises the excitement to go and take on a challenge like this, as we prepare for finals rugby.

“It was a tough game against Sale, but a really good game as we prepare for finals rugby. It was extremely physical, as I said after the game, but some great learnings around what we didn’t do as a team. But without a doubt, the boys brought tremendous effort, and will, and physicality, but we didn’t play and do certain things as a team, which cost us opportunities. But some massive learnings which will hold us well as go into finals rugby.

“I’ve seen a real edge at training – we want to nail that home semi this week. More importantly too, we know that it’s in our control to finish top of the mountain and if we lose this week, we lose that control and it’s in other people’s hands. It’s a huge game for us and one that we want to perform in and get the job done.”


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