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Posted Sunday, March 10th 2019

‘We kept our composure’ - Lam

Pat Lam applauded the composure and decision-making of his Bristol Bears side after they held their nerve to claim a dramatic first away win in the Gallagher Premiership at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

Ian Madigan stepped up to convert Piers O’Conor’s 86th-minute try to fire Bristol to back-to-back league wins for the first time this season – and the head coach hailed his side’s management of the game’s key moments.

“I thought the last 15 minutes we managed really well,” said Lam. “And that was without Jordan Crane and Charles Piutau.”

“Siale Piutau, Steven Luatua, Chris Vui, Callum Sheedy – all the key guys I thought managed it really well.

“It was nine or ten penalties in that far corner, on any other given day it would have been a penalty try but I thought the composure of the guys and the decision-making at that last scrum was good."

Pat Lam, head coach

“It was nine or ten penalties in that far corner, on any other given day it would have been a penalty try but I thought the composure of the guys and the decision-making at that last scrum was good.

“Mads [Ian Madigan] is world class at goal-kicking and he got us the five points.

"We are five points away from fifth and the top six is a reality for us.”