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Will Carpenter

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Posted Thursday, November 22nd 2018

Wasps press in brief: five things we learned

Head coach, Pat Lam and centre, Piers O'Conor faced the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena - here's what we learned from this week's press session. 


Positively positive

Piers O'Conor says Bristol Bears are taking the positives from last weekend's last-gasp defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate - and has called for a repeat performance at the Ricoh Arena.

"We’re taking the positives from the Exeter game and we take massive pride in working as a team.

“Yes, we played well, but we’ve got to finish games off and this week it’s massively important to back up that performance and go and beat a side like Wasps.

“If everyone gets their roles right and works together, we’re confident we can beat anyone.”



Frustration

Pat Lam expressed his frustration at a number of refereeing decisions during the clash with Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate, and said the club have received an apology following the game.

"As far as the frustration from last week, I dealt with that completely myself and we’ve had an apology about the performance and the quality of the officiating.

"It’s good we have a process that we can follow, but certainly, that’s the frustration because this isn’t the first time it has happened.

"But we leave that as a coach, and for the players, it’s all about us and what we did well and what we can do better."


Moving on up

O'Conor insisted Bristol have moved on from last weekend and are now fully focused on Wasps.

“The score is the score, we can’t change that now, so we’ve purely got to focus on the next week and go from there.

“We’re taking the positives from the Exeter game and we take massive pride in working as a team.

“If everyone gets their roles right and works together, we’re confident we can beat anyone.”


Raising the bar

Lam has called on his side to raise the bar again when they visit the Ricoh Arena for the second time in three weeks on Saturday.

"We have got to go up another level, we have to improve that bottom line, and we have to be on the money with our teamwork.

"If we try to go there as individuals against a team that is desperate for a win, we’re going to come unstuck.

"But we’ve also got to remember, we’re desperate for a win as well, we need the four points and we’ll do everything we can to get it."


Wounded Wasps

Both Lam and O'Conor said Bristol would need to be wary of a wounded Wasps side, who have gone seven games without a win.

"We’re talking about the Premiership now, there’s four points on offer, they’re desperate, they’ve lost even games on the trot - and I’ve been there before and when you’re like that, there’s a lot of urgency and determination," said Lam.

"They will want to kick-start their season and they will definitely be gunning for us. We can’t wait around and take that last result for granted, we’ve got to focus on getting our game right," added O'Conor.


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