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Posted Tuesday, April 10th 2018

‘Business as usual ahead of Knights clash’ - Lam

  • 'Promotion is satisfying, but we owe our supporters a big home performance on Friday.'
  • 'Doncaster are a strong side with a very good coach in Clive Griffiths.'
  • 'We're fully-focused on us, as we are every game.'
  • 'Relationships have developed and it's been an enjoyable campaign.'

Pat Lam insists it is business as usual at Bristol Rugby in preparation for Friday’s final home game of the season against Doncaster Knights, despite his side having sewn up the GKIPA title with two games to spare.

A resounding victory over Nottingham on Friday night followed by Ealing’s defeat to Doncaster on Saturday confirmed Bristol’s immediate return to the top flight, but the head coach says his side are fully-focused on putting on a show for the home supporters at Ashton Gate.

“We haven’t done ourselves justice in the last few home games, so we owe our supporters a performance on Friday,” said Lam.

“We’ve approached this last part of the season as finals rugby because we knew if beat Nottingham and then Doncaster, it was job done. Doncaster's win showed how good a side they are – and Clive Griffiths is a brilliant coach – so we know the work that we need to put in ahead of Friday night

Pat Lam, head coach

“We’ve approached this last part of the season as finals rugby because we knew if beat Nottingham and then Doncaster, it was job done. Doncaster's win showed how good a side they are – and Clive Griffiths is a brilliant coach – so we know the work that we need to put in ahead of Friday night.

"We've tried to get everyone on the same page and the understanding throughout the team has been really good - the players have taken ownership. It's pleasing to see the amount of guys that have stepped up and how relationships have developed over what has been an enjoyable campaign.

“We don’t focus too much on the opposition it’s about getting our stuff right – and as I say every time, the focus has been on us.”


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