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Posted Wednesday, September 9th 2020

‘We came home strong’ – Lam

Pat Lam was satisfied with the start and end of his side’s record Gallagher Premiership victory over Northampton Saints on Tuesday night, but maintained there was plenty of room for improvement in the middle.

Tries from Harry Thacker, Alapati Leiua, Andy Uren, Chris Vui, Ben Earl, Piers O'Conor and Luke Morahan capped a second successive bonus point win for Lam’s men – and the Director of Rugby praised the Bears for ‘coming home strong’.

Strong finish

"We started pretty well, and then we lost control. When we got to 21-3 ahead, we needed to control our game a lot better.

“The first 20 and the last 20 were good – in between wasn’t particularly great, around our control before half time. But to be fair, we didn’t have much ball after half time, but it was tremendous defence to keep them out. But it was again, from silly penalties and we had no ball.

“The message was: get the ball. Once we get the ball, look after it because there is plenty of opportunity out there and we came home strong.

'Great offloading'

“We try to improve for every game, and we take the five points – that’s two (games) down out of the four in 14 days and we’ve got to see how everyone recovers. We’ve got another short, four-day turnaround to Wasps, which will be tough, because they are going really well.

“So, I’m pleased with the boys for getting the five, but lots to work on. If you want to win titles, your discipline has got to be better but, in the final quarter, we were superb.

"There was some great off-loading and, win or lose, we always say we will take the points and take the learnings."


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