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Posted Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

Bath press in brief: five things we learned

Head coach Pat Lam and centre Siale Piutau faced the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath at Twickenham - here's what we learned from this week's press session.


Embracing the occasion

A crowd of more than 60,000 is expected for ‘The Clash’ at HQ, but experienced centre, Siale Piutau, insists Bristol are relishing the occasion.

“It’s a big game for us and we, as players, understand that as we try and achieve our goal,” he said.

Head coach, Pat Lam added: "It's a great stadium and a great atmosphere, and everyone can't wait to get going.

"If you channel all of the emotion if the occasion into the way you play as a team, then we'll give a good account of ourselves and have a good chance of winning the game."



Derby ding-dong

Pat Lam said a derby clash at Twickenham takes the excitement to a whole new level, insisting his side can't wait to get started on Saturday.

"It (the first game of the season at Ashton Gate) was superb - a full house, the biggest crowd we've had, and that now goes up three times away from home.

"I think all derby games - and playing at Twickenham - just brings everything to another level and we're looking forward to being a part of it."


Be prepared

Siale Piutau says Bristol Bears will be ‘mentally and physically ready’ when they take on West Country rivals Bath at Twickenham on Saturday.

“We’re just trying to put everything into our preparation and make sure we are ready mentally, physically and can go out there and celebrate this Saturday.

“It’s all going to come down to what we do on the field, so we’ll be preparing well and hopefully we can transfer that over to the pitch and put in a good performance.


Show of support

Piutau hailed the Bristol Bears fans for their support, home and away, throughout the season - and called on them to turn out in good numbers in south-west London this weekend.

“We’ve had some awesome support this season at Ashton Gate and it’s going to be no different this week.

"We’re really grateful that we’ve got such a good backing and a good support base.”


La Rochelle reflection

Piutau believes last weekend’s quarter-final defeat at La Rochelle will stand his side in good stead in the future, with the team gaining vital ‘big game’ experience.

“For a lot of the players here, La Rochelle was a great experience. That is the level we want to be at and the games we want to be playing in, and games like that will add a string to our bow.

“So, we can take a lot from Sunday’s game as we build towards becoming the team we want to be."


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