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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, November 18th 2019

'Room for improvement after Zebre' - Lam

Pat Lam insists there is plenty of room for improvement after an ‘up and down’ display against Zebre at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Bristol ran in eight tries to earn a bonus-point victory over the Italians, with Ioan Lloyd finishing with a 22-point haul on his first competitive start for the club.

And the Director of Rugby reflected on the performance in his post-match press conference.

“I’m pleased we got the five points and the win, we scored some good tries, but I said to the boys in there, it was probably a reflection of our week,” said Lam.

“It wasn’t our best training week – we did some good things, but we did a lot of things that weren’t right, mentally and in relation to our high standards, and that came through.

“So, the biggest thing we can take out here is, we talk celebrating the work we do, and on reflection, our up and down performance has probably come from our training week.

“We needed the five points and you need to keep getting your points differential up, because other teams are playing teams that you can put big scores on. Ultimately, the goal is to win the trophy, but you need a home quarter and a home semi to give yourself the best chance of that.

“The target is to get five points every game – if we’re going to do that, we’re going to have to be more disciplined to train better during the week.

“Ashton Gate is a place we are really proud of – we’re proud we’ve got the best stadium, we’re proud we’ve got such great fans.

“They come out and support us when there are so many other things they could be doing. There are some good things they would have enjoyed today, but they will also know that we weren’t at our best either, but it’s good to win the game.”