Pat Lam plots Bristol's way to Premiership title glory at Twickenham

Pat Lam revelling in his own survival reality TV show as Bristol director of rugby plots the club’s way to Premiership title glory at Twickenham

  • Bristol face Sale on Saturday with the hosts snapping at the Bears’ heels in third
  • But director of rugby Pat Lam insists he is loving the grind of the title race 
  • Lam admitted he loves those reality TV shows where people are challenged
  • Bristol fixture list is also challenging but Lam has told his side to meet it head on 

Pat Lam reckons the title race is like a survival reality TV show as he plots Bristol’s way to the Twickenham jackpot.

Second-placed Bears face Sale on Saturday who are snapping at their heels in third, just days after losing to table-toppers Exeter.

But rather than bemoan a brutal schedule Lam is loving the grind.

Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam reckons the title race is like a survival reality TV show

Second-placed Bears face Sale on Saturday just days after losing to table-toppers Exeter

‘It’s awesome,’ said Bristol’s director of rugby. ‘If this job was a job I would be tired, but this is my passion.

‘Life is about challenges. I love those reality TV shows where people are challenged. I’m a big fan of Bear Grylls.

‘My kids were watching ‘Alone in the Arctic’ the other day. I started to watch it and thought ‘wow’. Imagine trying to be there 30, 40, 100 days.

‘The thing I love about it is it’s all about the million dollars, but somewhere along the line people realise the money isn’t important. That’s what life is about.

Sale are now snapping at Bristol’s heels in third in the table after beating Wasps in midweek

‘We’ve played Gloucester, then four days later Exeter, the four days later Sale, that’s awesome. It’s a challenge. Life shouldn’t be easy. Let’s face this challenge head on.

‘You don’t grow when you make it as easy as possible. Getting paid to do something I am passionate about is a bonus – don’t tell the owner Steve Lansdown that!’

Lam played against Sale boss Steve Diamond as a player and knows what to expect from the former hooker.

‘He was tough, nugget, uncompromising and is someone I’d go down an alley with as he’d look after you!’ said Lam.

But rather than bemoan a brutal schedule Lam admits that he is loving the daily grind of it all

‘That’s what we’ve got to face. It’s going to be a dog-fight. If you don’t bring the physicality you won’t have much of a chance.’

Despite clubs having to rotate Diamond is expecting a competitive Bristol today.

‘Pat has put a fantastic squad together,’ he said.

‘We saw some weak teams this last week, like with Leicester, but Bristol don’t have a squad like that – they’ve got two strong squads so we’re expecting a fierce encounter.

‘A proper top of the table clash.’

Lam played against Sale boss Steve Diamond as a player and knows what to expect from him




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