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Posted Sunday, December 22nd 2019

‘Slow start to second half was costly’ - Lam

Pat Lam was left rue a slow start to the second half, as his Bristol Bears side suffered only a second Gallagher Premiership defeat of the season at Saracens.

The Bears led heading into the closing stages of the first half, after Luke Morahan’s opener and eight points from Callum Sheedy, but Max Malins’ try right on half-time shifted the momentum of the game entirely.

From there, Saracens ran in five unanswered second-half scores to condemn the Bears to a first defeat in seven games.

"The ten minutes after half time were the worst ten minutes we have played all year.

"The thing we said about Sarries is that you just cannot give them any ins into the game, you have got to go toe to toe and stay in the fight.

"Because if they get two scores on you, their machine gets going and it is very difficult to stop.

"Unfortunately, we conceded soft tries after half time, missing high balls, silly penalties, little knock-on’s all of these things gave them field position and then they just rolled and started to go.

"Then we were just playing catch up and that’s why I got some of the key boys off for next week, but I can’t fault the effort.

"We knew when you play a quality team like this it is just like playing a final because they are desperate to win these games and they are a good side and they have built that over 11 years.

"But I think the big thing is that we were right in this game probably right up until five minutes before half time there were some pretty key moments then. We were unbelievable on defence holding them out."


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