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Posted Monday, April 5th 2021

'We had opportunities to win it' - Lam

A frustrated Pat Lam admitted his side had 'made it more difficult than it needed to be', as the Bears exited the Heineken Champions Cup at the hands of Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.

The Bears led for most of the first half thanks to Henry Purdy's sixth minute try but 15 points from Mathieu Jalibert edged the hosts in front at the break. The Bordeaux number 10 crossed early in the second half and Purdy had a score chalked off for a knock-on, but late tries from Joseph Dweba and Nans Ducuing sealed victory - and Lam says his side will learn from the experience.

'We are kicking ourselves'

“I’m disappointed but also proud of the boys. We said afterwards that we gifted them a lot of opportunities, our discipline as poor and it kept them in the race in that first half. We were a little bit sloppy, and we had opportunities there, but all in all, you’ve got to credit Bordeaux. It’s not easy to come here but we certainly made it more difficult than it needed to be.

“These are the moments here where we have to learn. It’s always a terrible feeling but this will make us better in this competition next year, as long as we go through the process of debriefing it properly and use it as experience to come back stronger.

“We are frustrated because we know we were good enough to win that game. But this is what makes you stronger and sometimes you’ve got to get here and experience it.

“We genuinely had an opportunity to win that game and we are kicking ourselves. It is hard to take but it is what we’ve got to do.”


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