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Posted Saturday, November 2nd 2019

'We ground it out' - Lam

Pat Lam lauded his players for ‘grinding it out’ as they dug deep to repel a second-half Sale onslaught and clinch a hard-fought victory at Ashton Gate.

Callum Sheedy kicked 11 points and Ioan Lloyd went over for his second try in three games, but the Director of Rugby hailed Bristol’s defensive effort in tough conditions.

"I'm really pleased to get the win and really pleased with the boys to stay in there,” he said.

"As we grow to be a Champions Cup team, we're going to have to play different styles.

"To grind out the win, if we're going to be that team, we're going to have to play that way and I'm pleased for the boys.

"We're gutted we conceded a try at the end because we've now conceded one try every game and all of those tries are soft, we should never be giving those away, so there are still works on but that was a massive shift in that style.

"I would have been extremely happy at 16-3, but we gave away a soft try and that's the third time we've done that this season.

"It's four points against a good Sale side. We don't want to give other teams bonus points, but the main thing is that we got the win.

"We were excellent defensively and we've improved a lot in that respect. A lot of individual tackle techniques have come on and in our defensive system, there's great clarity.

"Our culture has grown and is strong. To be the team we want to be, our defence is going to have to be massive and it was tonight. We ground it out."


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