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Posted Wednesday, October 30th 2019

Press bitesize: Sale Sharks (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and centre, Siale Piutau faced the media ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate.


Fine margins

Pat Lam highlighted the need for his side to maintain their discipline after 'gifting' Harlequins points at The Stoop.

"There was a lot of effort, but in these sorts of games, away from home, and particularly against Sale, discipline is key. Otherwise, we’re either losing territory, or we’re losing points.

"It comes down to fine margins, so that’s been a big focus. As I said after the game, there was a lot of good work done (against Harlequins), but the general feeling around the place was frustration that we pretty much gifted them easy points."


Home comforts

Siale Piutau says Bristol Bears are relishing a return to Ashton Gate and eager to issue an instant response to last weekend’s narrow defeat when Sale Sharks visit BS3 on Friday (7.45pm KO).

“It’s awesome to be back. I had a great time with Tonga at the World Cup, but it was good to be back in the mix with the boys last week and it will be great to be back at our home fortress this weekend,” he said.

“Physically I feel in good nick. To be away for more than three months playing international rugby, it definitely helps playing those minutes and being able to transition straight back into the Premiership.

“Being back here in Bristol, a place I call home, with family and loved ones and that definitely helps.

“We love being back at home in front of the Bristol faithful. Our home record has been pretty good recently and we hope that we can get some more great support on Friday, and if we can implement the game plan that we have, hopefully we can do well.

“I was there for the Bath game and the atmosphere was electrifying and to witness it and see the boys get over the line, it’s an awesome experience to be a part of.”


Shark attack

Lam says the Bears are fully aware of the challenge they face against a strong Sale outfit, and insists they must get 'the little things right'.

“Another five points is on offer and we know where we want to be this year, so every point matters. Sale really boosted their squad even further over the summer and they’ve got a lot of quality players, so it’s a big challenge for us.

"After last year, we’ve got a good idea of what they’re about and I think for us, it’s just about making sure we get all of our little bits right."


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