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Posted Sunday, January 20th 2019

‘A job well done’ - Lam

Pat Lam described it as ‘a job well done’ after Bristol Bears sealed a first European quarter-final in 12 years with a 17-try thrashing of Enisei at Ashton Gate.

Andy Uren became the first Bristol player to score five tries in a European game, while Ryan Edwards also bagged a hat-trick as Bristol set up a last eight tie at Pool Four winners La Rochelle.

And the head coach said Bristol were looking forward to a return to Stade Marcel-Deflandre at the end of March.

“I’m really pleased,” he said. “We can park this competition now knowing that we’re still in it in April and by the looks of things we’re going to be going back to La Rochelle, which will be great.

“It’s a job well done. We’ve used a lot of English-qualified players and a had lot of young guys playing in this competition and they’ve done well to get the group into finals rugby, which is great.

“It’s a job well done. We’ve used a lot of English-qualified players and a had lot of young guys playing in this competition and they’ve done well to get the group into finals rugby, which is great."

Pat Lam, head coach

“At La Rochelle, we know it will be a tougher game than last time because they know what to expect and we can’t take them by surprise, but we’ll worry about that in April.

“Like anything, regardless of the score, we look at and tick off all of things we did well, but more importantly, take our learnings from there, and there were a lot of things that we can be better at.”

Five-try scrum-half, Uren added: “I think that’s more tries than I’ve scored during my whole time at Bristol.

“I’m really happy with it, but I was on the end of a lot of tries – they were made for me by my teammates. We’re pleased to get the job done and can look forward to a quarter-final now.

“It’s been 12 years since this club has reached the knockout stages, so we’re delighted to have done that.”


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