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Will Carpenter

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Posted Sunday, September 30th 2018

‘A missed opportunity’ – Lam

Pat Lam reflected on an ‘opportunity lost’ after Bristol Bears fell to a first home defeat of the season in a high-scoring, thrill-a-minute clash with Northampton Saints on Saturday.

Late tries from Will Hurrell and Alapati Leiua were each accompanied by bonus points, as Bristol Bears ensured they wouldn’t leave empty-handed, but Lam admitted his side had passed up a prime opportunity for a third successive home win.

“Without a doubt it was an opportunity lost out there,” he said.

“We showed a lot of character to score at the end and grab two points but to concede 45 points is not great.

“A lot of it was our own doing but ultimately we’re disappointed to concede so many. A lot of it came from errors and ill-discipline – it’s a frustrating game and I feel like we had a chance to get five points.

“A lot of it came from errors and ill-discipline – it’s a frustrating game and I feel like we had a chance to get five points."

Pat Lam, head coach

“All the games we’ve played this year have been about taking your opportunities. All the possession was against us in the first half and fair play to Northampton, they put us under pressure.

“We’ve got to take the learnings and move on ahead of Worcester next week.

“It’s important that if you don’t win the game, you get as many points as you can but that doesn’t take away from the disappointment that we didn’t take our chances to win.”

Bristol Bears travel to Sixways on Sunday to face Worcester Warriors, before welcoming Italian side Zebre to Ashton Gate in the European Challenge Cup the following week.

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