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Posted Sunday, May 9th 2021

‘Pleased for our supporters’ - Lam

Pat Lam dedicated Saturday’s bonus-point derby day victory over Bath to the club’s supporters, after the Bears battled back from 15 points down to secure a play-off place with four rounds still left to play.

Trailing by three scores midway through the first half, a rejuvenated Bears hit back with six sensational tries, courtesy of Max Malins (2), Nathan Hughes, Charles Piutau, Ben Earl and a penalty try.

Director of Rugby Lam, who labelled his side’s first half showing ‘inaccurate’, was proud of the fightback that saw them rack up a record score at The Rec.

'A huge achievement'

"I think the whole game we had really good control in the sense that we had lots of opportunities,” said Lam.

"We weren't accurate enough, whether it was the line-out to the pass was too flat.

"But we talked about that at half-time, although they were winning, we gifted them that, and the opportunities and the game plan was working fine, and they came home really strong in that second half.

"I'm so pleased for our supporters because they've taken a lot of pain over the years, but to go four on the trot against Bath now and five in the last six is a massive effort from everyone at the club.

"To get a record score here is also a huge achievement, particularly when you consider we were down 15 points, and to qualify for the semi-finals now, which was our minimum goal, with four games to go is a massive effort too."


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