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Posted Wednesday, August 26th 2020

Lam disappointed as Bears let it slip

A disappointed Pat Lam was left to rue his side’s ill-discipline in the closing stages as Exeter Chiefs snatched a last-gasp victory at Ashton Gate to end a seven-game winning streak.

The Bears led by four points late on after Ioan Lloyd’s 70th-minute try, but Billy Keast powered over from close range to seal victory for Chiefs – and the Director of Rugby said they must learn their lessons from the defeat.

'Disappointing' 

"Exeter played well and we fell behind, but we got back into the game and should have closed it out,” said Lam.

"We will look pretty closely about why we didn't finish things off. There were a couple of system errors, and they took their tries well and suddenly you are 15-3 down.

"We showed that when we got a chance to play our game, we can be dangerous, but it was disappointing at the end.

'Learning lessons'

"Every game I have been involved in against Exeter has been a one-score game. We will take the (losing bonus) point and we now have another tough game at Sale.

“One thing since I’ve been here is that after all of our losses, we’ve taken our learnings. Certainly, you don’t want to give Exeter a head start, and I thought it was a bit of deja-vu when we played down there.

“We came back and certainly we’re going to be looking pretty closely at why we didn’t close that out.”


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