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Posted Sunday, April 14th 2019

‘We executed our game plan’ - Lam

Pat Lam saluted his side’s ability to implement and execute a match-winning game plan, as they came from behind three times to sink champions Saracens at Ashton Gate on Saturday evening.

The head coach, whose side touched down twice through Steven Luatua and Dan Thomas, also hailed the composure of match-winner, Ian Madigan, insisting he had complete faith in the Irishman ahead of his last-gasp penalty.

"We know their (Saracens) quality and to me, there isn't really a first, second or third team of Saracens," he said.

"They've built an unbelievable legacy and the quality of the players that they have, and the good young ones that they have coming through. It's what we aspire to be in 20 years’ time. That's what we're building for.

"But it wasn't about who came on, it was about us and the discipline of the game plan but to keep bringing the passion, desire, game plan, the defence and our kick-chase.

"The boys implemented a game plan I looked at three weeks ago to play Saracens.

"We went through it, we walked through it and we ran a lot of little plays and big picture stuff, why we were doing it and the boys really bought into it.

"The boys implemented a game plan I looked at three weeks ago to play Saracens.
"We went through it, we walked through it and we ran a lot of little plays and big picture stuff, why we were doing it and the boys really bought into it."

Pat Lam, head coach

"But it's all very well having the game plan, you need passion, desire, our culture; everything channelled into that and, bar a couple of mistakes, they implemented it outstandingly well and we got the win from it."

"Mads is world class at kicking and if I had anyone in the world to step up and do clutch kicking (it would be him).

"He did that at Northampton, he did that at Gloucester and he's a world class goal-kicker.

"So, when we got that penalty, I was very composed, but in my head, I knew this was a win because that what he does, he's very good.

"But to get that penalty was the key, the way we stuck to the game plan. With three, four, five minutes to go, and I could hear the crowd getting frustrated, thinking we should run it, but I said to the boys, stick to the plan, get it down there and the opportunity will come."


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