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‘Let's end the year on a high’ - Lam

  • 'We need to see a team that is mentally focused and prepared'
  • 'Richmond are a tough opposition at home'
  • 'The supporters will travel in numbers and want a performance'
  • 'The important thing is to keep the momentum going'

Pat Lam has called on his players to end 2017 on a high as unbeaten Bristol Rugby face Richmond on Saturday (3pm KO).

Bristol go in search of a thirteenth straight league win in the Greene King IPA Championship, but the head coach insists the team won't be resting on their laurels at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

“It’s another opportunity for us with five points on offer away from home, but we need to see a team that is mentally focused and prepared,” he said.

“It’s been a short week of preparation and disjointed with the festive break, so it’s important that the mental side is right. Richmond are a tough opposition at home and they will throw everything at us – if we aren’t right mentally, we will come unstuck. The big message this week has been to be ready, expect a tough encounter and bring a lot of physicality to what we are doing."

Rhodri Williams touches down against Richmond at Ashton Gate (JMP UK).

With a large number of travelling support expected to make the trip to west London, Lam believes the team feel a responsibility to the ‘sixteenth man’.

He added: “Our supporters who travel week in, week out have been superb. We’re conscious that we have to put on a good effort. We have a responsibility, not only to each other and our teammates, but also to the supporters who are making the trip. They want to see us win, but they also want to see us play and show what we can do.”

“It’s another opportunity for us with five points on offer away from home, but we need to see a team that is mentally focused and prepared."

Pat Lam, head coach

“The guys have enjoyed the training this week and we’re in a good place. It’s been great to have Steve [Luatua] back in full training, he’s been chomping at the bit and is ready to go.

“We’re confident that Steve will be at his best, he’s that professional and he’s contributed really well – he is hungry to be back out there playing rugby again.

“The important thing is to keep the momentum going. There’s a break from the Championship after this, so it’s always good to sign off this block with a performance we can be proud of. It makes it less enjoyable if we don’t play our best, because every game we see the opportunity and challenge to get the five points.”