An­other name for re­place­ments

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Rugby Union -

We have had “fin­ish­ers” and “gamechang­ers” and, while an­nounc­ing their match-day squad to face Sara­cens, Bris­tol Bears brought us “sys­tem play­ers”.

Some groaned at the jar­gon. But, as with most of Pat Lam’s meth­ods, the phrase makes sense. Bris­tol are a co­he­sive unit. Their flow­ing phase-play was nowhere near its best, but they beat the cham­pi­ons thanks to per­se­ver­ance and grit.

Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinck­ler and Ben Earl all came off the bench and made an im­pact. Lam will rely on his en­tire squad as the ti­tle chal­lengers sprint to the fin­ish. Jug­gling match-day 23s is a skill.

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