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Posted Monday, August 24th 2020

Press bitesize: Exeter Chiefs (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and fly half, Callum Sheedy faced the media ahead of Tuesday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate (7.45pm KO, BT Sport 1 HD).

Room for improvement

Sheedy on why there is room for improvement for the Bears: “It was quite weird; the changing room was actually pretty flat after the Gloucester game, although we got five points which is what we set out to do,” he said.

“I think when you break down the performance, there was some good in there but there was also plenty of work ons, which we’ve addressed in the short turnaround.

“Right now, my days all mould into one – I’m not sure what day it is. It’s why we play the game, to be able to play this many games is exciting and it’s a great challenge, which the boys are relishing.”

The pursuit of consistency

Pat Lam on striving for consistency in performance: "(Against Gloucester) we showed glimpses of really good rugby - and when we're good, we're really good. But when we're poor, we're pretty average and we talked about that afterwards.

"The (Gloucester) game got messy because of all the fundamental things that we pride ourselves on - the little things that make a big difference."

"You acknowledge the outcomes, but when you're moving on to the next job, it's about the process of how we get those outcomes. So, regardless of whether we win or lose, consistency is about what we've done well and what we could do better.

"Which is: first win at Kingsholm in 14 years, league double over Gloucester - however, what did we do well and what could we have done better?"

'Ruthless Chiefs'

Sheedy on Chiefs challenge: “Seven wins in a row is a nice thing for history, but moving forward, we want to be where Exeter are in the years to come.

“We’ve got nothing but respect for what they’ve done and where they’ve come from, and we know it’s going to be a huge challenge, both physically and mentally. They are a team who are pretty ruthless for 80 minutes, so we’re under no illusions – it’s going to be a mammoth task but we’re looking forward to it."

On to the next job

Lam on outside expectation and winning for the fans: "I've been in this game long enough to learn not to take too much notice of what people outside this environment are saying, even if it's very positive, because the only people who can influence the group going forwards, is us.

"As far as we're concerned, it's just another game in which five points are available as we all scramble to try and get into that top four - that's why I said straight after the last game, I was so pleased for the Bristol fans, who could enjoy a win over Gloucester for the first time in 14 years, a double and the team moving into second place. That outcome and achievement is for the fans, but for us, it's about the next job."


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