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Posted Saturday, December 5th 2020

'We showed composure' - Lam

Pat Lam praised the composure of his side after they battled back to snatch a last-gasp victory over Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate on Friday night.

Sam Bedlow’s 80th-minute penalty earned a dramatic win for the Bears, who had trailed throughout the match, despite tries from Henry Purdy and Piers O’Conor.

And the Director of Rugby was pleased to see his side ‘find a way to win’.

“I think at the end of the day we are glad we got the win,” he said. “We talked about the fact they were going to be a dangerous side.

"I knew we had about 30 minutes of good weather and we needed to start well.

'We found a way'

"We got into the right places but didn't take our opportunities, we gifted them two tries and allowed them 14 points and then the rain kicked in, so we had an uphill battle and we kept making silly little errors.

“We talked at half time about working our way back into this game and taking the points on offer. We left a few points out there but fair play, I thought that control of the last 10 minutes, not to panic and keep putting them under pressure was excellent and we got the win in the end.

“Good teams find a way to win, and we found a way. When we get to the end of the season all anyone will remember is the W, however for us this week we are going to make sure we go through and take all our learnings and address all our learnings.

"We showed composure and control at the end, to be patient and put pressure on them and take the opportunity when it came.

"Fair play to Sam Bedlow, who stepped up and earned the win."


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