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Posted Friday, October 9th 2020

Press bitesize: Wasps (a) - Gallagher Premiership semi-final

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and lock, Chris Vui faced the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership semi-final clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena (1.30pm KO, BT Sport 1 HD).

'Proud but not satisfied'

Lam on reaching semi-finals: “I’m really proud that we’re in the play-off semi-finals. A lot of hard work has gone in over the years to get the club to be in this position. But I’m not satisfied – I don’t want to be known as a team that got to the semi-final, it just gives you the opportunity to now go for the final and obviously the ultimate prize of being champions.

“Every day I come into the High-Performance Centre and as we say good morning to each other, and I observe and I look, I’m just so thankful that we’ve got good people – we’ve got good staff, good players and we’ve got a good family. It doesn’t earn you the right, it doesn’t give you automatic opportunities to be in these finals and it doesn’t give you silverware, but it gives you the best chance possible."

'Testament to everyone's work'

Vui on Wasps challenge: “We’ve talked about reaching these sorts of games and now we’re finally here. Top four and going into the semi-finals and finals, it’s a testament to everyone here at the club and everyone who has been here over the last three years or so.

“There’s a really great buzz around the club and we can definitely go on and get some of these trophies. The boys are really excited by the challenge ahead against Wasps, even though we’ve lost two against them, there’s a real excitement to play Wasps in a semi-final, so I think there’s a lot of enjoyment around the boys.

“It may be our last week, so I think there is a real togetherness at the moment.”

'For our supporters'

Lam on the club's supporters: “I’m particularly pleased for our fans and supporters, because I know the history, I know they’ve been waiting for these moments to come and I know they are extremely happy and I’m proud that we can all make them happy. The big thing I’ve always said is that finals are about celebration – it’s celebrating who you are, it’s celebrating the work that you do.

“Getting out there, whoever gets selected in these games, they represent everybody in Bristol Bears, but their job is to have no fear and celebrate and enjoy finals rugby and be true to who we are.”


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