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Posted Friday, January 1st 2021

'A massive effort' - Lam

Pat Lam praised his side’s ‘massive defensive effort’ after they weathered a first-half storm to earn bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate.

Siva Naulago and George Kloska grabbed their first Bears tries to go with scores from Nathan Hughes and the returning Charles Piutau – and Director of Rugby Lam was pleased with his side’s response.

“I am happy if not satisfied,” he said. “They [Newcastle] are a tough team and we were never safe. It took a massive defensive effort.

“It’s been a challenging week and people probably don’t realise how wet it was here today. It was a massive effort from the boys, but our discipline in the first half was poor, which allowed them to come into the game.

“But it was a huge defensive shift to hold them out. They were physical and it was good to get the five points.

“I have to give a massive credit to Peter McCabe, George Kloska and Jake Armstrong. They put a shift in for the team.

"Kyle (Sinckler) came in late on so the game could go ahead, and he showed his class. I can't speak highly enough of him.

"He was supposed to be on a break, but he came in as we needed a front row. We've got things to fix and we need to because our next game is Exeter."


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