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Posted Monday, September 7th 2020

Press bitesize: Northampton Saints (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and prop, Jake Woolmore faced the media ahead of Tuesday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate (7.45pm KO, BT Sport 1 HD).

'Dangerous Saints'

Pat Lam on the threats posed by Northampton Saints: “I think Northampton are a dangerous side - they play some great rugby, so certainly for us it’s about having good control on the game, because if we don’t get control on the game, we saw what’s happened in spurts of our game when we’re under pressure, so that’s been the focus."

'They are a good side'

Jake Woolmore on Saints' style of play “I think, going into Northampton, they are a good side and like to play a lot of rugby. They’ve got a sense of unpredictability about them, so I think we need to have a strong mindset, especially in defence, and we need to be on the ball for 80 minutes.

“Hopefully we use the momentum from the win on the weekend and take that into Tuesday night and give ourselves a good shot at winning.

“Over the last two games, physicality and heart can’t be questioned from the lads, but it’s sometimes that little bit of mindset and that little bit of detail that we are just lacking.

“When we get it right, we look good and when we get it wrong, we can look quite poor, so we need to focus on that.” 

Warriors double

Lam on Worcester victory: “It was great to do the double over Worcester. We know that history shows that Worcester have been pretty dominant over Bristol over many years, and to win there for the first time in 14 years is another milestone ticked off for our supporters particularly.

“We also know that we put ourselves under pressure, particularly in that 20 minutes before half time, so we’ve taken some good learnings out of that which hopefully we can apply this week, because we’re going to need a lot of control when you play a team as dangerous and ‘backs against the wall’ as Northampton.”

'80-minute performance'

Woolmore on delivering an 80-minute performance: “The performance on the weekend probably wasn’t our best,” he said. “We strive to be a quality team over 80 minutes, and I don’t think we quite showed that – especially in the first half.

“So, that’s our next step and our focus going into Tuesday night. We want to build on the weekend and see if we can be an 80-minute team rather than having highs and lows throughout a game."


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