Lam's Bears lay down their marker

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Scoring five tries Bristol completed maximum points in their two opening games of the European Challenge Cup.

 

Now Lam wants to see that performance regarded as the baseline for his side.

 

"We said when you come to France you have to go early. If you start badly, it can be a long day, so we put a huge emphasis on that with our structures and our moves to really come at them quickly,' he told bristolbearsrugby.com.

 

"It worked to plan, to go 24-0 up [in the opening 24 minutes]. The only way they were going to get into their game was from stupid penalties from us and we had a bit of that as well.

 

"All in all, it was a really controlled performance from us. I am really proud, that was a big effort. Winning any game in France is tough and especially against a team that hasn't lost here in 18 months. I know a lot of their players and there is a lot of quality in that team as well," he said.

 

The game was played in difficult, wet conditions but the side had trained well ahead of the team.

 

Disappointed with the up and down performance last week, Lam said the side had been outstanding in their preparation.

 

"They arrived at every meeting and every training session and brought their best and that is the celebration we had had out on the field this weekend.

 

"I have told them that is the standard we have to hit every week," he said.

 

In Sunday games played in the Champions Cup Sale beat La Rochelle 25-15 while Montpellier beat Gloucester 30-27.

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