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Posted Wednesday, February 19th 2020

Lam calls for improvements ahead of Warriors clash

Pat Lam has called on his Bristol Bears side to raise their game and prepare for a tough ‘physical challenge’ when they face Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate on Sunday in round 11 of the Gallagher Premiership (1pm KO).

Second half tries from Henry Purdy and Lewis Thiede snatched a dramatic comeback victory over Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend, but the Director of Rugby was less from satisfied with his side’s showing.

“When we put the review together, it justified the comments after the game – but the boys knew it anyway,” said Lam.

“It was the most turnovers we’ve had all season, but then we showed all of the good stuff, and when we worked as a team, and that’s why we won the game.

“But the big question is: imagine what we can do when we piece it all together? That’s the aim, that perfect game.”

Worcester completed the double over Bristol in the Gallagher Premiership last season, storming to a heavy win at Sixways before edging a tight game at Ashton Gate.

And Lam is expecting another big test against a ‘tough, physical’ Warriors side.

“We were poor against them in both games last year, we realise that, especially at Sixways. We were better at home but still lost 27-25.

“They’re a tough, physical side – and I said it straight after the game last weekend, we have to have a good training week.

“We understand what we face – we’ve got to get the mental side of the game right; we’ve got to be very prepared for the physical challenge. So, it’s a game we’re excited by. We’re at home and it’s the last team we’ve got left to face before we go back around again.

“There’s a long way to go in the season and we’ve got that ambition of finishing in the top six – so far, so good, but we’ve got to do it all over again after this weekend.”

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