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Posted Monday, October 15th 2018

'Bonus point was a real positive’ - Lam

Pat Lam hailed his side’s impressive first-half display against Zebre but described the overall package as ‘a mixed bag’, as Bristol Bears opened their European Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point win at Ashton Gate.

Ryan Edwards’ brace and further scores from Alapati Leiua, Joe Latta, Nick Haining, Jake Armstrong and Andy Uren fired Bristol to a 43-22 win, but Lam said the second-half showing left plenty of room for improvement.

“The first 20/25 minutes there was some great rugby, particularly from boys who haven’t started for a while,” he said.

“There was no doubt they expressed themselves and showed what we can do when we play as a team.

“Getting the win with the bonus point was a real positive, but after that, we’re realistic enough to know that in the second half, we’ve still got some work to do.

“Getting the win with the bonus point was a real positive, but after that, we’re realistic enough to know that in the second half, we’ve still got some work to do."

Pat Lam, head coach

“We need to try and replicate what we did in that first 30 minutes for longer periods of time and that’s going to be the focus this week.”

“It has been quite a good week on and off the field and I thought we started very well and responded well.

"But 10 minutes before half time and probably the second half showed that when we are not playing as a team, forcing passes, not being positive and we don't quite to our roles properly, then we put ourselves under pressure.

"So, it was bit of a mixed bag, but the positives were that a lot of guys got some time and it was a bonus-point win."


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