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Posted Tuesday, October 13th 2020

Let’s make history, urges Lam

Pat Lam has urged his side to bounce back from last weekend’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final defeat to Wasps by winning the club’s first major European silverware.

The Bears travel to Aix-en-Provence to take on three-time Heineken Cup winners, RC Toulon at Stade Maurice-David on Friday night (8pm KO, BT Sport 1 HD) - and the Director of Rugby insists it is a huge opportunity for his squad to make history.

'This is massive for us'

“This is massive for us; we’ve worked hard for this,” said Lam. “Right from the beginning, to have some tangible silverware would be the start of a process of trying to do this year in, year out.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed from the defeat to Wasps, missing an opportunity to get to a final, but to have this game after last week, is huge.

“In a final, when you play the game and that full-time whistle goes, there’s a real reward that you get handed over to you – it’s something that all rugby players, coaches and management look forward to, but there is enough of us who have experienced them to understand that there’s a lot of work that goes into it.

“So, this week has all been about taking our learnings from what happened last week and then channelling all of the excitement of a final into making sure we tick off a lot of boxes, and making sure we are ready to go and get the performance that will give us the best chance of winning that silverware.”


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