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Posted Saturday, August 22nd 2020

Lam pleased but not satisfied after Kingsholm win

Pat Lam was both pleased and frustrated after his Bears side earned a record-breaking seventh successive Gallagher Premiership victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Five tries, from Max Malins, Henry Purdy, Harry Thacker, Semi Radradra and Ben Earl, sealed a bonus-point win for the Bears – their first at Kingsholm since 2006.

And although satisfied to come away with five points, the Director of Rugby highlighted some aspects that require improvement.

Mixed emotions

“I’m pleased for Bristol supporters and I’m pleased with the five points. There was some really good rugby there, but unfortunately, particularly once we went 19-0 ahead, we lacked energy, we made some mistakes and we talked about it at half time.

“We really couldn’t get a flow of the game going in that last 20 minutes, we were just messy, we didn’t get our fundamentals right and we just kept them in the game. It was a pity, because we really could have put more pressure on and we just eased it off, but I’m pleased with the five points.

A big week

“We’ve got to remember, these boys have been out for a long time, and for me, it was an improvement on last week, certainly around our attack. There are a lot of positives we can take, but we’ve got to recover quickly, we’ve only got four days before Exeter. It’s like last week – we take the points and move on to the next game.

“Exeter had a good win against Sale as well, so we’ve just got to keep the pressure on them and it’s a big week – four-day turnaround to Exeter and then a four-day turnaround to Sale. By the looks of it, there are no major injuries, which is good, but there are some niggles there and there’s some good boys that will be able to come back in on Tuesday.”


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