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Posted Saturday, May 18th 2019

‘Happy but not satisfied’ - Lam

Pat Lam declared himself happy but not satisfied after his side overcame Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park to secure a ninth-place finish in the Gallagher Premiership.

Tries from Charles Piutau, Piers O’Conor and Jack Lam earned Bristol Bears a third away win of the season in the North East and in the process, saw them accumulate the highest points tally from a promoted side for 12 years.

And the head coach said he was proud of his side’s achievements, insisting there’s plenty more to come from his squad.

“I am extremely proud of what we have done,” he said.

“We are the first Bears team, and I will always be proud of the guys who are leaving because they were part of that first original set of players.

“We have given ourselves a really good platform for next season. There was so much to tidy up off the field with our culture and setting the vision and where we were trying to go.

“We probably weren’t quite there with our execution today, but when we reflect on the whole season, we’ve done a wonderful job. It’s been a huge effort and I’m very proud.”

Pat Lam, head coach

“After this break, I am already looking forward to pre-season because so many guys are coming back. And when you consider the likes of Harry Randall, Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren, Piers O’Connor, Harry Thacker, Jake Woolmore, Tom Pincus - so many of these boys who weren’t playing Premiership rugby will all come back.

"We get a second year in a row of Premiership rugby and that is what Bristol have missed out on for all these years.

“The boys have done magnificently well, but today we missed so many chances and created so much.

“We probably weren’t quite there with our execution, but when we reflect on the whole season, we’ve done a wonderful job. It’s been a huge effort and I’m very proud.”