Bristol Bears: Pat Lam admits ‘the table doesn’t lie’ after latest Premiership defeat at London Irish

Pat Lam for Bristol Bears Credit: Alamy
Pat Lam for Bristol Bears Credit: Alamy

Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam admits “the table doesn’t lie” as the Bears sit bottom of the Premiership standings after their seventh loss of the season.

The Bears’ 23-7 defeat to London Irish at Gtech Community Stadium was a hugely disappointing showing that adds to growing pressure on the squad.

Lam will undoubtedly be the lightning rod at the top taking the brunt of the heat as his side’s slide from a top of the table finish 18 months ago is stark.

Table doesn’t lie for Bristol

They were well beaten by a London Irish side that was minus Paddy Jackson while Bristol had England duo Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler in their XV.

“The table doesn’t lie and it’s not ideal to be where we are now from where we once were,” Lam said following their Premiership negative in Brentford.

“We are living on scraps as we had 30 per cent territory and 30 per cent possession and if we flip those figures around, what could we do with that amount of ball?

“We had one attack in the first half, which we scored from, and just one more in the second half as the rest of the time we spent defending.

“There was a 19-7 penalty count against us and penalties conceded in tough conditions is a double whammy as it’s so hard to retrieve the territory lost.

“We couldn’t get any foothold in the match as ill-discipline made it extremely difficult for us and there’s huge frustration in the changing rooms as it’s killing us.”

Their only try on Sunday came via Harry Thacker while Benhard van Rensburg and Ben White scored for Irish, with Rory Jennings kicking 13 points.

“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves as we gave away too many penalties,” added Bears second-row Joe Batley as the clubs now go into a European break.

“We couldn’t seem to string any phases together and Irish were very clinical by taking the points on offer.”

Good victory for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney said: “Bristol are a very dangerous side if you give them possession but we managed to keep them out of our 22 for large parts of the game.

“We also managed to take our opportunities at pivotal times as our success rate in their 22 was very good and the 10 points we picked up either side of half-time was crucial.

“We played some smart rugby and if we continue to do that, who knows where we may end up.”

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