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Posted Tuesday, February 6th 2018

'Detailed preparation a crucial factor' - Lam

  • Ross McMillan (wrist) and Chris Vui (ankle) ruled out for rest of season
  • 'That's why we have systems, so we're not reliant on one player'
  • 'We've prepared for game using artificial pitches across the city'
  • 'We realise it's a big game, but our preparation remains the same'

Pat Lam has backed the strength of his squad to shine through after forward duo Ross McMillan and Chris Vui were ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Both players sustained long-term injuries during the narrow victory over Bedford Blues, with McMillan suffering a dislocated wrist and Vui injuring his syndesmosis (ankle).

“We’ve got the normal season niggles, but Ross McMillan has dislocated his wrist, so he’ll be out for the rest of the season, and Chris Vui has had surgery too,” said Lam.

“Injuries are always a blow, but that’s what happens in rugby. Every day when we train, there’s always the risk that we get injured. That’s the importance of making sure you’ve got a strong squad.

“We put so much time into guys knowing their roles and jobs, and more importantly, that’s why we have these systems, so we’re not dependent on one player.”

“Injuries are always a blow, but that’s what happens in rugby. Every day when we train, there’s always the risk that we get injured. That’s the importance of making sure you’ve got a strong squad."

Head coach, Pat Lam

Saturday’s table-topping clash will take place on Ealing’s artificial surface at Vallis Way, and Lam has been preparing his squad by utilising local facilities across the city.

“This is the beauty of the great partnerships we have,” he said. “Bristol Grammar School opened up their pitch to us, we’ve been to Coombe Dingle at Bristol University, and also at SGS Filton, so all of them have been very accommodating and it’s been nice to change up the scenery.

“Whenever you’re playing on an artificial surface, you need to prepare properly and that’s what we’ve done. We had a good week last week, same again this week, so it ticks it off and makes sure we’re as prepared as possible for the encounter we have on Saturday.

“We realise it’s a big game, but it’s no bigger than the other games we’ve played this season.

“We had a tough game against Bedford, a tough one against Richmond – they are always tough because everyone wants to knock you over.

“We expect Ealing to come at us fully-loaded - they’re at home, but our preparation is no different.”