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Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Monday, February 11th 2019

Wasps press in brief: five things we learned

Head coach, Pat Lam and second row, Chris Vui faced the media ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Wasps at Ashton Gate - here's what we learned from this week's press session.

International preparation

Pat Lam hailed his side's training session with England as hugely beneficial for both sides, after Bristol travelled to Pennyhill Park on Thursday.

“I got hold of Eddie Jones, because we were looking at the fixture list and thinking we could get hold of one of the Welsh teams.

"But I was driving home and remembered England played on the Sunday, so I got hold of Eddie and he invited us down.

“It worked out brilliantly for us and ticked all the boxes for both teams. So, it was good for our guys to experience it and understand the speed, intensity and accuracy. It was so impressive and that is what we’re aiming for here."

In focus

Chris Vui insists Bristol are fully-focused on their return to Gallagher Premiership action following a five-week break for cup rugby.

"The boys had a good week off and at the same time, the game has been in the back of their mind for the whole week.

"I think the boys are really keen to get back into Premiership Rugby and do the damage. The number one goal for us is that we want to be winning these Premiership games.

"The level never drops, it’s just a matter of us boys making sure that we’re all switched on, know our roles, and know what we need to do to get the win."

Every last detail

Chris Vui insists the god is in the detail for Bristol this weekend against a dangerous Wasps side, and is out to maintain his side's strong home from this season. 

"I think it’s a matter of the boys getting to know the detail and executing it on the field. At the latter end of the season, those home games are crucial for us and we want to make Ashton Gate a fortress."

Every game counts

Lam says Bristol must be prepared for the challenge of a 'quality' Wasps side at Ashton Gate on Friday.

“At this stage of the season, every game counts more than ever and there’s something riding on it every time we take to the field,” he said.

“We understand the challenge that we face against a quality side who are currently above us in the table. It’s exciting and it’s what we relish as staff and players.

“We have put a lot of work into the game and prepared well. Everything is geared towards kick off on Friday evening in front of our home support.”

Bears belief

Vui says there is 'huge belief' within the Bristol Bears squad as they target a top-six finish in the Gallagher Premiership. 

"We have huge belief in our squad and huge belief in each individual, in what they can do and what they can bring to the team," he said.

"So, there’s a huge buy-in to what we’re trying to do and we’re really rallying up for the Ashton Gate crowd on Friday night.

"We’re confident we can make the top six and then go from there."

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