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Posted Monday, December 16th 2019

‘A job well done in Paris’ - Lam

Pat Lam commended his side on a job well done, after Harry Thacker’s late try sealed a fourth successive Challenge Cup victory for Bristol Bears at Stade Francais.

Thacker touched down two minutes from time, with Callum Sheedy’s conversion snatching the win, to strengthen Bristol’s grip on Pool Four and all but seal their place in the knockout stages.

And the Director of Rugby said he was ‘proud’ of his side’s display in Paris.

“That’s the exact words – job done,” he said. “I’m proud of the boys because people might look and expect them to win these sorts of games, but coming to France and also playing back to back, it’s like playing test matches.

“The boys were under all sorts of pressure there and we made it difficult for ourselves, by not taking our chances. But we came in at half time and said: ‘we need to do the simple things well’, because we dropped three or four balls, threw some horrible passes, and put pressure on ourselves.

“But the character to get it done at the end – and I love the fact that Ed (Holmes) had his brothers help him out there at the end, after giving away that penalty that could have been crucial when the game was over.

“This is all part of our growth and there’s no doubt that, from when I first joined this club, we’re in a lot better place. I don’t see it as season by season, I see it as game to game and day to day.

“All of the challenges of being top of the pool, coming away to France, playing the same team back to back - and the boys are coming through. These are great experiences for our group.”


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