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Posted Sunday, November 24th 2019

‘It was a controlled performance’ - Lam

Pat Lam lauded his players for a ‘controlled performance’ as they became the first team in 57 years to nil Brive at Stade Amédée-Domenech – and the first to win there in more than 18 months.

The Bears ran in five tries – three in the first half and two in the second – to earn an impressive bonus-point win in south west France and take control of Pool Four with maximum points from their opening two games.

And the Director of Rugby has now challenged his side to reach the same highs every week.

“We said when you come to France you have to go early. If you start badly, it can be a long day, so we put a huge emphasis on that with our structures and our moves to really come at them quickly. 

“It worked to plan, to go 24-0 up [in the first 24 minutes]. The only way they were going to get into their game was from stupid penalties from us and we had a bit of that as well. 

“All in all, it was a really controlled performance from us. I am really proud, that was a big effort. Winning any game in France is tough and especially against a team that hasn’t lost here in 18 months, I know a lot of their players and there is a lot of quality in that team as well.

“The [wet] conditions were very difficult, but we trained really well this week.

“You saw me last week, I wasn’t happy because we were up and down in the game, but the boys have been outstanding all week. They arrived at every meeting and every training session and brought their best and that is the celebration we have had out on the field this weekend. 

“I have told them that is the standard we have to hit every week.”


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