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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, January 12th 2020

‘Let’s finish the job’ – Lam

Pat Lam has called on his side to seal top seed in the Challenge Cup group stages, after a seven-try rout of Brive at Ashton Gate made it five wins from five in Pool Four and booked a home quarter final.

Tries from Piers O’Conor, Dave Attwood, Alapati Leiua, Sam Bedlow, Luke Hamilton, Will Capon and Mat Protheroe fired Bristol into the knockout stages for the second successive season, as they blew away their French opponents for the second time in three months.

It means victory in Zebre could see Lam’s side head into the last eight as top seed, earning a home quarter and semi-final in the process – and the Director of Rugby declared himself pleased with a much-improved display.

“All in all, I’m pleased, but that’s now part five, we’ve got to get to Zebre and secure the top two seeds."

“We looked at where we were at, and we worked on that this week and applied that here - obviously the speed of the ball was much improved.

“First-half, there was some good stuff, but we turned over the ball - I think we had six turnovers after 15 minutes, and 15 after 30 minutes, we spoke about that at half-time.

“There were people treating the ball like a hot potato, where as people like Dave Attwood and Luke Hamilton were treating it with respect and getting us good go forward, and that allowed us to put some pressure on.

“It’s a good example of coming in and doing your job. They (Attwood and Hamilton) were aggressive - when you play the game you’ve got to earn the right to move the ball, and their decision making to carry hard and still look for the offload was great.

"They were physical, they were direct and they both played really well."