BEARS GET THE DROP
Toulon European Challenge Cup final, 8pm
BRISTOL have a Jonny Wilkinson-style drop goal masterplan up their sleeves if tonight’s European Challenge Cup final against Toulon goes down to the wire.
The Bears have been fine-tuning their own version of England’s World Cup-winning extra time move – codenamed Zig-Zag – which saw Wilkinson drop-kick Clive Woodward’s side to glory.
“We have a play that will give us the opportunity for a drop goal,” revealed Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam (above). “We have been practising it in training since we played the Dragons in the quarter-finals.
“I have a favourite saying, ‘It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it’. We have everything there if we need it and it’s up to the players to choose which one they want to use.
“For where we want to be, getting a trophy would be a big boost for the club. This is the last time we plan on being in this competition as we move on to the Champions Cup next year.”
Bristol centre Semi Radradra will face his former employers but the Bears will be without the injured Nathan Hughes.