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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, December 8th 2019

‘Patience paid off in the end’ - Lam

Pat Lam praised his side's patience, as they left it late to earn a third successive bonus point victory in the European Challenge Cup, with Toby Fricker's last minute try ensuring a maximum haul against Stade Francais.

Bristol scored three times in the final 15 minutes, after Luke Morahan's first-half try and 13 points from Ian Madigan, to strengthen their grip on Pool Four, as Harry Thacker, Charles Piutau and Fricker's late effort completed the job at Ashton Gate.

And the Director of Rugby said his side had learned their lesson from the previous week's draw against London Irish.

"When you reflect on this time last week, we were gutted because we got maximum points and with 90 seconds to go, we blew it," said Lam.

"So, to see the boys desire in defence to get the ball back when Stade got the penalty with a minute to go and ran it - and then the patience to get it back under control, be patient and score in the corner was superb, and it's pleasing as a coach.

"We weren't quite right today, we had patches when the game was messy, but the thing that came through today, that is great for our learning, was our patience - hanging in there, building the scoreboard, and not trying to make it happen early - just building the game and getting the job done.

"The goal was to get five points, and we got that, so there's some good outcomes from today, despite not being at our best."