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Posted Wednesday, March 20th 2019

Worcester Warriors press in brief: five things we learned

Head coach Pat Lam and number eight Jordan Crane faced the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors - here's what we learned from this week's press session.


Momentum

Jordan Crane challenged Bristol Bears to build some momentum off the back of successive wins in the Gallagher Premiership - but knows his side must raise their game at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

“We’re one win away from the top six and we can start building some decent momentum, but that only happens if we go out and perform in the way that we have at times this season, especially at Ashton Gate.

“So, it’s going to be a massive game for us on the weekend, fighting for those points."



Wary of Worcester

Pat Lam says Bristol have seen first hand the challenge posed by Worcester, but insists his side have made huge strides since October.

"It’s the stage of the competition where every point counts, and we’ve seen how dangerous they are.

"They are either winning games really well, or they’re right in the hunt the whole way through, so we understand the challenge that we face this week.

"We continue to grow as a team and it’s given the boys a lot of confidence."


Bears' belief

Lam and Crane both said that back-to-back league wins have given Bristol belief heading into another crunch block of fixtures.

"We continue to grow as a team and it’s given the boys a lot of confidence, but it’s the belief that the outcome will take care of itself as we continue to work hard every day here," said Lam.

Crane added: “A performance like that at Northampton is massive for us considering that we hadn’t won away in the league all season. We can take belief out of that, as a squad and individuals, as to how good we can be as a team."


Locked in

Lam revealed his second row stocks have been boosted by the return to training of Ed Holmes and Aly Muldowney, who have both been absent through injury in recent weeks. 

"We've had Ed Holmes and Aly Muldowney come back, and Joe Batley did a great job stepping up there.

"It's great to have them back in to strengthen our stocks and hopefully Joe Joyce isn't too far away, same with Sam Jeffries. So, good reinforcements to come back in."


Home comforts

Lam also hailed the impact of the Ashton Gate faithful ahead of his side's return to BS3 this weekend, with another strong crowd expected in BS3. 

"It’s huge having the home crowd with the numbers and the noise," he said.

"There is so much evidence throughout the season of that crowd bringing us home and really influencing our performance.

"So, we look forward to a lot of people getting behind the team and we understand that responsibility for us to perform."