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Posted Friday, May 14th 2021

Talking points: Gloucester Rugby (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Check out they key talking points from this week's media session, as Director of Rugby, Pat Lam previewed the Gallagher Premiership R19 clash with Gloucester Rugby at Ashton Gate. (7.45pm KO, live on BT Sport 1 HD).

On the up

Pat Lam on Gloucester's improvements: “We understand it’s another derby with Gloucester and they will be dangerous. They had a great win, and they are improving every time under George (Skivington) and their new coaching regime.

“However, for us, I think the biggest focus is that every game is important, because when we took top spot in the table in round six, for us still to be there in round 19 is a huge effort, because we put an emphasis on us and on our journey, and we said the only reason we’ll get overtake is if we drop our standards.

“So, it would be a shame, with the position we are in with four games to go and an eight-point lead, to not get to the end as the team at the top, before we go into the semis.”

Mentality at The Rec

Pat Lam on comeback win at The Rec: “The outcome is extremely pleasing. To get a record score down at The Rec was massive and a real testament to the work done by everybody – and the way we did it.

“We knew what we needed to do, and we knew the opportunities were there. We gifted them two soft tries, but the calmness of the guys to work their way through it and keep at it, and it’s great when guys are saying ‘keep going and we’ll get there.’

“For it turn out that way was pleasing and will hold us in good stead for what’s to come.”

Kerr blimey

Pat Lam on Jake Kerr's arrival and debut: "He came in on a free trial and looked good in a friendly we played so we said let's give him a chance on the bench

“Will Capon had a shoulder niggle and possibly could have played against Bath but it allowed us to get his injury back to 100 percent, which it is this week and Jake got in and did well and that is all you can do.

“He is coachable, hard-working and he strengthens that area in our squad.”


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