Bristol coach Pat Lam is looking forward to the “big challenge” on Saturday against Gallagher Premiership champions Exeter, who come to the level of Sandy Park with Exeter at the top of the table on points.
After that, the #GallagherPrem table looks after the weekend @BristolBears & @ExeterChiefs are level on points at the top of the table, while @FalconsRugby suffered their first loss of the season #GallagherPrem pic.twitter. The two clubs have gained 20 points from their first five games, losing only once, so it will be an exciting West Country derby. Com/mPJe9dxCLG- Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) January 3, 2021While Bristol won last season’s European Challenge Cup, Exeter doubled the Champions Cup and Premiership with all three trophies on the M5 just 80 miles apart. Lam said, “I have great respect for Exeter and what Rob (Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter) has done,” “It was a wonderful achievement to do the double of Champions Cup and Premiership. “I love playing against these guys. “Every game I’ve been involved in since I’ve been at Bristol has been a one-point game and gone down to the wire. “Every game I’ve been involved in since I’ve been at Bristol has been a one-point game and gone down to the wire. “I expect the reinforcements to come back – their strongest team. “I expect the reinforcements to come back – their strongest team. I love to play games where there are high stakes. All clubs have 20 points and next week, as Premiership champions, the winner goes to Europe. “Both clubs have 20 points and the winner goes to Europe next week as Premiership leaders. ” Winning the Challenge Cup, which was the first trophy here for so many players, really makes you want more. “Winning the Challenge Cup, which was the first trophy for so many players here, really makes you want more. ” Is there drama in the closing stages of #GallagherPrem on Saturday Predictions the last time we were at Sandy Park? Pic.twitter.com/IFnbS6S61V- Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 4, 2021 “You build relationships and Rob has done that with his group. “You know what buttons to press once you’ve done that and you see the bigger picture of where you want to go. When you look at the features of the Exeter team, they definitely reflect Rob. There are certainly all the flashy things people can do and individual talent, but it’s about hard work and working for each other, ultimately, and that’s what you’re trying to build.