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Posted Monday, May 6th 2019

‘Mixed emotions after draw’ - Lam

Pat Lam admitted to mixed emotions after his side battled back to draw with Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate on Friday night.

Bristol trailed by ten points early in the second half but levelled the scores courtesy of Alapati Leiua’s try and Callum Sheedy’s second penalty of the match ten minutes from time.

And they had chances to win it, with Ian Madigan missing two difficult shots at goal before Faf De Klerk saw his kick rebound off the post in stoppage time.

At the other end, Tom Pincus was then denied the most dramatic of tries by a strong covering tackle, leaving both sides with a share of the spoils.

“It’s a difficult one with draws,” said Lam. “We had a lot of chances but they’re a difficult team to play against.

“It’s not really the type of rugby we want to play, but we had to. When we played them last time, they were very good with their front-line defence and around the collisions, so we had to turn them around and look for the chances to break.

“There’s huge pride that we hung in there and I thought maybe it’s another time that we’ll sneak the win, but at the end of the day, the draw is probably a fair result."

Pat Lam, head coach

“Unfortunately, we gave away a soft try at the beginning and then soft points from penalties, so we were chasing, and we didn’t want to be chasing the game.

“But real credit to the boys, they came back, and we had so many chances to win the game at the end – and even when they hit the post, for the boys to go all the way up the other end to give us that chance.

“I thought we were hard done by with the disallowed try, it wasn’t Callum starting the fight, so we’ve got to deal with that, but two points, we’ll take it, but it feels like points lost.

“There’s huge pride that we hung in there and I thought maybe it’s another time that we’ll sneak the win, but at the end of the day, the draw is probably a fair result.

“Now, we’ll do some work and get back to it, give the boys a bit of a break and we’ll go and try to finish really strong at Newcastle.”


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