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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, December 28th 2018

Newcastle Falcons press in brief: five things we learned

Head coach, Pat Lam and back-row, Steven Luatua faced the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate - here's what we learned from this week's press session.

Righting the wrongs

Luatua insists Bristol Bears are out to 'right the wrongs' from last weekend's defeat to Sale Sharks.

“Every game we play now is very important," said Luatua.

"For us as a team, we’re just focusing on righting our wrongs from last weekend and doing our bit for the team.

“At the weekend (against Sale), we went away from that and Sale played a better game than us.

"It doesn’t matter who is coming to Ashton Gate, we prepare the same way and try and be consistent in what we do."

Sticking around

Bristol Bears were given a double-boost this week by the news that both Steven Luatua and Chris Vui have extended their contracts at the club, much to the delight of head coach, Lam.

“It’s great. Last week was Chris' first game back for a while and he’ll get stronger and stronger. But having someone of his experience and at his age, commit for two more years is fantastic and he’s going to be a big part of this club going forward.

“That was really pleasing as well. For Steve to commit for another couple of years is excellent and big news for us as a team and for our supporters."

Bumper boost

With another big crowd expected at Ashton Gate, Lam and Luatua hailed the impact of the club's supporters. 

“Every week is a big game, but certainly everyone is excited by playing back at Ashton Gate," said Lam.

"It looks like a big crowd is coming, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere and it’s our responsibility to prepare well and play a lot better than we played last week.

“Our home supporters have been great this year,” added Luatua. “Each time we’ve been at Ashton Gate they’ve definitely helped us grow an arm and a leg."

Teamwork makes the dreamwork

'Teamwork' was the buzzword once again in this week's press conference. 

“I’ve made it very clear and I say it all of the time, our best chance of getting points is by playing as a team," said Lam.

"When we go off-script or play as individuals, we’re very average, it doesn’t matter who we have playing. When we’re as a team, it strengthens and protects us all."

Luatua added: “All of the games coming up and all of the games we’ve won, it’s been as a team and so we need to do that again this weekend and we’re excited to get going."

Time for Tom

Pat Lam says Tom Pincus is fully deserving of his opportunity, with the wing set for his Gallagher Premiership debut in place of the injured Alapati Leiua. 

“We’re expecting Alapati Leiua to be out for a few weeks, he’s got a syndesmosis injury, which is a big loss for us because he covers a few positions for us," he said.

"But as is the nature of the game - one player is out and the next one steps in. So, Tom Pincus gets a chance this week and he’s been playing well."

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