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Posted Tuesday, January 7th 2020

Press bitesize: Brive (h) - European Challenge Cup

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and centre, Sam Bedlow faced the media ahead of Saturday's European Challenge Cup clash with Brive at Ashton Gate.


Up for the cup

Pat Lam says Bristol Bears are keeping their eyes on the prize of a home quarter final, as they welcome Brive to Ashton Gate knowing victory would secure their spot in the last eight of the Challenge Cup.

“We want to, firstly qualify, secondly get a home quarter final,” said Lam.

“So, we’re on track there, but we know that these next two games are massive, starting at home against Brive. We need a very good win – the ideal is to get five points, that’s the goal this week.

“We’ve got to improve as a team, we know that, but going into the Challenge Cup, we’ve done four great rounds to put ourselves in a fantastic position.

“Nothing is guaranteed, as we know, but we just stay focused on this journey. Teams before have done the first four rounds really well but then blown the last couple, or got to a quarter and lost there. It’s a cup competition, so we go one game at a time.


Striving for more

Sam Bedlow says the Bears current unbeaten record in the Challenge Cup is a great source of pride for the squad, as they set their sights on the knockout stages.

"Going into a competition that we’re top of the table of, there’s obviously huge pride in the squad and it’s what we want to achieve – a home quarter and home semi.

"The Brive away game was one of those games where everything seemed to go right for you. It doesn’t happen often in rugby, but I think it was one of those games – but them coming down here, I think they are going to have a big point to prove and we can’t take them lightly."


Brive out for revenge

Lam believes Brive will arrive in the West Country fired up and seeking revenge for the 36-0 drubbing at Stade Amédée-Domenech in November and has called on his side to rise to the challenge on Saturday.

“You saw with Stade Francais – we beat them well at home and then away, it was a lot closer. Sport is like that – when you play a team and beat them well, they’ll be pretty fired up, and we won’t get too carried away with what we’ve done in the past. We move on to the next challenge, starting this weekend.”


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