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Posted Tuesday, September 25th 2018

'We need to be on the money' - Lam

Pat Lam has called for his side to be ‘on the money’ when Northampton Saints visit Ashton Gate for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash.

Bristol Bears head into the game looking to preserve an unbeaten home record following victories over Bath and Harlequins in BS3. And the head coach has called on his players to raise the bar further against a ‘dangerous’ Saints side.  

“We’re really excited by this week,” said Lam. “We know there’s only two more rounds before there’s a break, so there’s a real good chance for us. Northampton are a dangerous side and it’s another great challenge.

“You look at the quality they have got, and obviously I know Chris Boyd well from New Zealand.

“He’s a quality coach and he’s not been in the job very long and there’s a lot of change that he’s making. Our job is to make sure we get our learnings and our game right and put them under as much pressure as possible.

“They are a well-rounded side. There’s a lot of past and present internationals, some of them are out training with England today, so they are dangerous if we allow them to play their game.

“We’ve got to be on the money and that’s what we’re working on today and for the rest of the training week.”

“They are a well-rounded side. There’s a lot of past and present internationals, some of them are out training with England today, so they are dangerous if we allow them to play their game."

Pat Lam, head coach

Saturday’s game sees Lam go up against a club he spent three years with as a player - from 1998-2001 – making 43 appearances.

“There’s a lot of old friends coming this way, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s always weird when you go up against a club that’s special to you, but this is my club now and I’m looking forward to hosting them and the supporters that come this way.

“There are two great groups of supporters, so hopefully a lot more will come to the game this week and we give them something to be proud of.”

After seeing them leave the field with injuries last weekend, Lam also offered an update the fitness of Chris Vui, Luke Morahan and Jordan Crane ahead of Saturday.

“At this stage, probably out of all of them, the least concern is probably Luke Morahan - his was more of a strain” he said.

“Jordan Crane could be a couple of weeks with a hamstring strain and Chris Vui is probably the one facing further tests around his groin, so we’ll know what the length of that is in a few days’ time.

“That’s just the nature of it and the nature of the game we play. That’s why we have good squad, so the next gut can step up and do the job.

“For us to be successful, it’s important that we have that depth and we create the depth by giving guys opportunities.

“So, we’ve used a few players and a few boys played last night too and showed some good form as well, returning from injuries.”

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