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Posted Monday, August 24th 2020

Lam calls for team performance against Chiefs

Pat Lam insists nothing less than a full team effort is required when the table-topping Exeter Chiefs arrive at Ashton Gate for round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership.

The Bears sit second in the table after a record-breaking run of seven straight wins - and the Director of Rugby says there is no room for individuals on Tuesday night.

Tidying up

“I thought we started really well (against Gloucester), but for us to be the team we want to be, we needed to keep the pressure on, but Gloucester were never going to lie down, they came back, and we just started to be really scrappy with our game, messy, loose at the lineout, loose on passes, just little details.

“So, that’s been a real focus for us, because if you do that against the quality of Exeter, you won’t be so fortunate.

The Bears way

“There’s no doubt, you know exactly what Exeter are about – very similar to Saracens, very well coached, organised teams that will challenge you physically and they’ll challenge you mentally.

“So, if you play that as 15 individuals, you’ve got absolutely no chance, it’s all about the Bears way.

“We believe we’ve got systems and structures to be able to deal with that and put pressure on them, but that requires all of the individuals coming together as one and that’s been a big focus for us.”


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