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Posted Saturday, October 17th 2020

‘We stayed true to ourselves’ – Lam

Pat Lam credited his players for ‘staying true to themselves’ after Bristol Bears stormed to their maiden European title in Aix-en-Provence on Friday night.

Harry Randall’s opener, after 15 seconds, Max Malin’s stunning solo effort and 22 points from the flawless boot of fly half Callum Sheedy saw the Bears outclass French giants Toulon at Stade Maurice-David.

'Let's celebrate who we are'

And the Director of Rugby said his side had played without fear on an historic night for the club.

"I'm extremely proud that we were true to ourselves, that's all I asked of the boys before the game,” he said.

“I said let's celebrate who we are, the Bristol Bears, and what that means. It is not just a name, it's our culture. I also said let's have no fear in the final and be true to ourselves, and we were.

'We problem solved'

"When we got to 10-0 a few things started to go wrong and Toulon worked their way into the game, and we were down 16-10.

"We spoke at half-time and said we needed to get better at the breakdown and that the opportunities were there if we tidied up our stuff and the boys did that, problem solved, and we came home strong.

"Toulon were big men, they wanted to slow us down, but we said it was not about the referee or the opposition, it was about us. There were spaces available if we got out of the breakdown quickly and it made a massive difference. Fair play to the players."


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