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Posted Wednesday, August 19th 2020

Press bitesize: Gloucester Rugby (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and wing, Henry Purdy faced the media ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm (7.45pm KO, BT Sport Red Button/App).

Breakdown clean-up

On the recent refereeing of the breakdown , Lam said: "Ultimately, there is a three-way responsibility to get the game right – and we’ll get there.

"I’m really glad they’ve gone down this way, because the reason the game became so inconsistent and dangerous, was because while trying to let the game flow, they were letting these things happen.

"This is great and we will find the right balance as we go through, so I think it’s a great thing."

Gloucester threats

On Gloucester's victory over Worcester, Purdy said: "Gloucester have got a whole new coaching setup and that can really reinvigorate a team.

"People talk about transition periods, but they look similar to how they did earlier in the season and last season when they were playing well. It will be a good challenge – although Worcester were down to 14 men for a period of the game, they scored some nice tries and played some good stuff."

Saracens reflections

On Saturday's victory over Saracens, Lam said: "When you play Saracens, you have to respect what they do and what’s good about it – the weather made it difficult, so we had to be more disciplined to stay in that sort of game.

"Obviously, the positives were defence, scrum, maul attack and maul defence. The work-ons are lineouts at key times, we didn’t get much ball to attack with because we turned the ball over lots, but the biggest positive was that we got the win and we move on."

Strength in depth

Purdy says the Bears' strength in depth will important during a busy period: "I was delighted to get the nod first up, there’s a lot of strength in depth across the backline and lads that can play multiple positions.

"With the schedule that we’ve got it’s going to require a squad effort, but to get the start was great and to play with some of the players we’ve got in that backline is brilliant. It was a great one to be involved in."


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