Kiwi coaches shine in England Premiership

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Former All Black and Samoan international, and Blues coach, Pat Lam saw his Bristol side achieve a record 48–3 win over Bath.

 

That saw Bristol go five points clear of Exeter at the top of the points table.

 

Lam said the win came on the back of Bristol's best half of attacking rugby this season.

 

Seven tries, including one to former All Black Charles Piutau, and a penalty try, were posted in the win.

 

"There were so many ways that we attacked – it wasn't just running. We were dominant up front and mauled too. You can run through, round and over a team, and we did all of that.

 

"We have a long way to go. All we are doing is focusing on our journey, and our journey is to get better, and if we do that the rest will take care of itself," he said.

 

"The minute we start looking at the table and worry about other teams, they will start to overtake us.

 

"It's a tremendous result, and the first half was extremely pleasing, but it's one result," he said.

 

 

The side would take the lessons from it and prepare for their next outing against third-placed Sale.

 

A five-week break from Premiership rugby was no problem for former Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd when his Northampton side beat Gloucester 31-26 at the weekend.

 

The win came after Northampton played into a howling wind in the second half would have reminded Boyd of his Wellington days, lifted Northamptonshire to seventh on the ladder.

 

"It's a very important win for us," Boyd told media after the game.

 

"All wins in the Premiership are going to be important; the league is going to be incredibly tight, so for us to get a win down here was very important.

 

"It's been five weeks since we've played so I thought we'd be rusty. In some things, we were rusty. But, we've done a lot of fast training over those five weeks. I say five weeks, [but] for two of those our training base, was closed down because of Covid. When we've been able to, we've tried to replicate game tempo as much as possible.

 

"The combination of them slowing the ball down, and their first line speed creating pressure in midfield was a challenge – it was a battle for us," he said.

 

"We were probably good for a try or two more, but I thought Gloucester defended particularly well in the first period. Under the scrutiny and the heat they put on our ball in midfield, I thought we coped pretty well."

 

Northampton, who have 18 points, next play Wasps, one point above them, and in fifth place.

 

 

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