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Posted Monday, November 12th 2018

‘An important win’ - Lam

Pat Lam hailed ‘an important win’ for his Bristol Bears side, as they fought back from 10-3 down to beat Wasps 30-19 at the Ricoh Arena in Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash.

The results – thanks to tries from Ryan Edwards (2) and Shaun Malton – made it back-to-back wins for Bristol ahead of Sunday’s return to Gallagher Premiership action, and the head coach praised the character and work ethic of his side.

“It’s a really important win and we are really pleased for the club and the supporters because we always want these wins, it’s just about how we go about getting them,” he said.

“I thought today we showed a lot of character, a lot of work ethic, and a lot of togetherness and teamwork.

“In the changing room there’s a lot of excitement, guys talking about the things that we are doing well and the mistakes we are making as a team.

“As a coach I stand back and watch them – it’s exciting to see.”

“Our set-piece was good last week and was good again this week. We are building pressure in the right areas of the field. There was some really good rugby out there."

Pat Lam, head coach

For the second week running, Bristol were aided by an impressive set-piece, with Lam highlighting the ‘core fundamentals’ of an impressive performance.

“What I’m really pleased with is the way in which they got the win, making sure we got our core fundamentals right,” he said.

“Our set-piece was good last week and was good again this week. We are building pressure in the right areas of the field. There was some really good rugby out there."

“The back row was excellent - Steve Luatua was outstanding, Dan Thomas and Jordan Crane brought their experience and it was great to be able to bring George Smith on to replace Jordan’s experience and close the game out.

“Now it’s another step-up for next week. Exeter are one of the top sides and we’re going to be challenged in the forward area, so that’s what all this build-up has been for.”

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