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Posted Saturday, September 5th 2020

Lam praises fightback but calls for consistency

Pat Lam praised his side’s fightback but insists they are still in search of an 80-minute performance, after four second half tries saw them overturn a half-time deficit at Sixways.

Dominant second half

Ed Holmes' early try put the Bears ahead but Melani Nanai's converted score and two Duncan Weir penalties gave the Warriors a 13-10 lead at the break.

The Bears dominated the second period as Dan Thomas put them back in front and Siale Piutau also crossed, before replacements Andy Uren and Ben Earl sealed a first victory at Sixways in more than 14 years.

Director of Rugby Lam hailed the second half display but warned his side must improve their discipline.

"I am pleased we got the five points - second half was a lot better, but our discipline was poor again,” he said.

'Discipline must improve'

"Before Covid, we were only averaging eight penalties. Now we are averaging 17, and that is an area we need to improve on.

"At half-time we said we need to get the ball, control the game and put them under a bit of pressure. We know we haven't put together the perfect game yet. We have got a long way to go.

“We know we can score from anywhere, but we also know if we are not on it, we can concede from anywhere as well. A lot of that is because we don’t control the ball as well as we could.”


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