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Posted Thursday, September 10th 2020

'Confident' Wasps a huge test for Bears, says Lam

Pat Lam says the Bears will face a Wasps side ‘full of confidence’ in Sunday’s round 20 Gallagher Premiership clash at the Ricoh Arena.

Lee Blackett’s side have won 10 of their last 11 league games to break their way into the top four – and Lam believes a tough test awaits the Bears this weekend.

'Wasps are on fire'

“They’re playing really well and with a lot of confidence – they are not only winning but with bonus points,” he said.

“They are playing great rugby on both sides of the ball, so no doubt about the challenge that we face up there.

“We’ve always found it tough against Wasps and we don’t have a great record against them, so there’s no doubt we’re underdogs travelling over there, and they are on fire. So, it’s a great challenge and I enjoy that, but it’s a tough challenge.

“There are a lot of quality and exciting players in that Wasps team, and in the Premiership. That’s why I love the Premiership, there are world class international players and some exciting young English players coming through as well.”

Challenging schedule

With a European Challenge Cup quarter final against Dragons on the horizon, Director of Rugby, Lam says managing the players’ schedules will be key over the next few weeks.

“We don’t have major injuries, but certainly, as you’d expect after six games in about three weeks, there’s a lot of sore bodies, and these guys are awesome at what they do.

“I’m glad I’m not playing this game anymore, because it’s physical and recovery is important. You’re managing your schedule, your playing load, your squad. The challenge find now is it is only a four-day turnaround to Wasps and then only five days until a massive quarter final on the Friday night.

"So, I’ve got to make decisions now, and obviously there are regulations on the squad, with that challenge of a four-day turnaround.”


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