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Will Carpenter


Posted Wednesday, February 19th 2020

Press bitesize: Worcester Warriors (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and fly half, Callum Sheedy faced the media ahead of Sunday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate (1pm KO).

Striving for improvement

Callum Sheedy says Bristol Bears are striving for improvement ahead of Sunday's clash after a mixed display at Franklin's Gardens saw them snatch 14-20 victory over Northampton Saints.

“We got the result, which is the outcome, but Pat and coaches always talk about the process – and the process wasn’t good enough last weekend," said Sheedy.

"Our reviews have been thorough and brutally honest, and boys knew there was a lot of, as Pat would say, ‘one out of ten moments’ in that game.

"There were lots of uncharacteristic and unforced errors from us as a team, so there’s plenty for us to work on this week and we’re looking forward to getting back to Ashton Gate on Sunday."

Let's get physical

Pat Lam has called on his Bristol Bears side to raise their game ahead of a tough ‘physical challenge’ against Worcester Warriors.

“We were poor against them in both games last year, we realise that, especially at Sixways. We were better at home but still lost 27-25.

“They’re a tough, physical side – and I said it straight after the game last weekend, we have to have a good training week.

“We understand what we face – we’ve got to get the mental side of the game right; we’ve got to be very prepared for the physical challenge that we face. So, it’s a game we’re excited by. We’re at home and it’s the last team we’ve got left to face before we go back around again.

Purdy staying put

Pat Lam praised Henry Purdy for making 'a big impression' since arriving at the club, after the versatile back agreed a two-year deal at Bristol Bears.

“Henry has made a big impression in a short period of time since arriving at Bristol Bears,” he said.

“He came to the club with a desire to establish himself back in the top-flight and we’ve already seen what he is capable of.

“Our vision is about building a world class squad with quality depth in every position. Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions.”