Banner image

Author

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Sunday, October 18th 2020

'We were calm and controlled' - Earl

Man of the match, Ben Earl praised his side for bouncing back from last weekend’s Premiership play-off heartbreak at Wasps to win a maiden European Challenge Cup against Toulon on Friday night.

The England international, who switched from openside to number eight in the absence of the injured Nathan Hughes, was a huge factor in a relentless Bears performance at Stade Maurice-David.

And Earl hailed the Bears’ ‘calmness and control’ on an emotional night in Aix-en-Provence.

'We were calm and controlled'

“It’s unbelievable. One of the first trophies that this club has won in, I don’t know how long, and we spoke about the importance of the community before the game – and how good were we out there? So calm, so controlled, even when we were behind, and we trusted the system and I’m just so proud of the boys.

“I think (the defensive effort) just shows the character of the team. We’ve had a tough journey together since lockdown – we’ve had some big highs and some huge lows, like last weekend (against Wasps). No lying, the mood in the camp come Monday after the Wasps result was very low. It took a lot to bounce back and I’m just so happy for the club, for the community and for the boys.

“There was a just a knowledge and confidence in each other that we were going to get the job done. Toulon are a class outfit, but there was just a feeling in that group, and you could tell it from the beginning of the day. We built things up emotionally all week and we’re all so happy.”

'One of the best environments'

Earl also lavished praise on Director of Rugby, Pat Lam for the creating ‘one of the best environments’ he has played in.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him (Pat Lam). He’s challenged me and he’s challenged the boys coming in and already here to keep getting better.

“The system and culture he’s put in place at the club – you won’t experience it until you come in and experience it and see how close the boys are to each other. I can safely say it’s one of the best environments I’ve been involved in.”


Latest News

Who's ready for Huboo Fan Appreciation Night!

Who's ready for Huboo Fan Appreciation Night!

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022

Highlights: Newcastle Falcons 30-15 Bristol Bears

Highlights: Newcastle Falcons 30-15 Bristol Bears

Posted: Friday, September 30th 2022

'A disappointing night' - Lam

'A disappointing night' - Lam

Posted: Friday, September 30th 2022

Report: Newcastle Falcons 30-15 Bristol Bears

Report: Newcastle Falcons 30-15 Bristol Bears

Posted: Friday, September 30th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

🎥 ‘We contributed to our own downfall’ - Pearson
Football icon

🎥 ‘We contributed to our own downfall’ - Pearson

Nigel Pearson was disappointed to see his side contribute to their own downfall in defeat to QPR.

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022 • Football

📝 Report: Bristol City 1-2 Queens Park Rangers
Football icon

📝 Report: Bristol City 1-2 Queens Park Rangers

City fell to defeat against Queens Park Rangers on their return to Ashton Gate.

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022 • Football

📝 LIVE: Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers
Football icon

📝 LIVE: Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers

Follow all the build-up and action from Ashton Gate with live in-game text updates.

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022 • Football

LIVE: Bristol Flyers vs Sheffield Sharks
Basketball icon

LIVE: Bristol Flyers vs Sheffield Sharks

Tune in for FREE as Bristol Flyers host Sheffield Sharks in the BBL Championship

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022 • Basketball

🖤 Black History Month Profile: Albert Adomah
Football icon

🖤 Black History Month Profile: Albert Adomah

To celebrate Black History Month we’ll be looking each day at the career of past and present Bristol City players, starting with Albert Adomah.

Posted: Saturday, October 1st 2022 • Football