Harry Thacker, given a fresh lease of life with his summer arrival at Premiership returnees Bristol under the venerable presence of Head Coach Pat Lam, has been afforded significantly improved game time under a regime that appears to value his obvious attacking talents more than most Premiership bosses.
Many coaches would have seen Thacker's 5ft 9" frame, as well muscled as he is, and noted significant concern over the 24-year-old's ability to tango with the top hookers in the Premiership and Europe, such as international captains Dylan Hartley, Rory Best and Guilhem Guirado.
However, this does not appear to be of significant concern to Lam, the man who led Irish province Connacht to a historic run from Pro14 strugglers to champions in an astonishing three seasons, with a brand of highly skilled, high tempo rugby their competitors simply could not live with when at their best.
Lam looks to be continuing this coaching philosophy with the Bears, seeing Thacker go from fourth choice hooker at Tigers to starting two out of Bristol's first three games back in the top tier of English rugby.
Thacker was a standout performer during Bristol's first-round victory over West Country rivals Bath and the subsequent meritorious defeat to reigning champions Saracens.
"You know, we had a great start, great pre-season." Thacker said. "We've come up against two tough opponents and we've gone toe to toe with them for 50 odd minutes. Our discipline has cost us, at Saracens for example with the red card.
"Whether it be the red card or not, or the yellow card that we got, it's not something we can control and we've got to be better disciplined to not put ourselves in that situation.
"But you know, we're going toe to toe with sides like Saracens away and Gloucester away, and we're feeling, coming out the game, we're feeling like we're not a million miles off it.
"The stark reality of the Premiership is that the scoreline didn't quite reflect how we felt the game went.
"So we've got loads to work on, but the positive thing is, the effort, the enthusiasm, the work rate of everyone involved in the squad, whether that's the 23 that go onto the field or the boys that are putting in the hard yards in training is unreal.
"You can build from that and we as a team don't feel like we've fully put our game plan out on the pitch, and that's encouraging because we feel like we've got a lot more to give and we haven't given a true representation of Bristol Bears as a team. So that's encouraging, but we've got to get there."
Bristol are not alone in striving for improved accuracy whilst developing a positive, attack-minded brand of rugby. Gloucester boss Johan Ackermann echoed Thacker's sentiments when referring to his own side earlier this week, claiming, "we're still not picking the right decisions at the right time," after over a year in charge of the Cherry and Whites.
Thacker believes that while he could not put an exact time period on how long these sort of adaptions and learnings take to bed in, Bristol will never be wholly content with their performances.
He explained: "I don't think we'll ever be satisfied with a game, because there's always stuff that can be improved. After the Bath game we were happy, but we still had so many more opportunities we needed to execute. It was the same against Gloucester and the same against Sarries.
"It's something that I can't say how long it will take, but you know, there's always something to improve, we'll never be satisfied with our performance. We know we can be a lot better than we've shown at the minute."
While the whole Bristol squad, as a collective, will be striving towards ameliorating their on-pitch performances and securing a second consecutive season in the Premiership, Thacker is also striving for individual improvement.
The frontrower explains how his competition with not just former Exeter man Shaun Malton but the four other hookers within the Bristol squad is driving his game to new levels.
Thacker explained: "You know, it stretches much more than just between the two of us [Thacker and Malton]. There's Nick Fenton-Wells and Tom Lindsey. Tom Lindsey is very experienced and Fents, he's converted from backrow and he's obviously got those backrow attributes and he can play hooker.
"It's far more than me and Shaun Malton, there's competition throughout, and then you've got young guys like Will Capon coming through, who was outstanding at u20s.
"Between the five of us, I feel like there's great healthy competition and it actually helps us get better week in week out because you're not getting complacent."
Like Fenton-Wells - or Fents as Thacker refers to him - Thacker has pedigree playing in the backrow, having featured at openside flanker for Leicester on a regular basis over the last two years when injuries struck.
Should a similar injury crisis follow Thacker to Bristol and see flanking options dwindle, the dynamic frontrower admitted he would be open to slipping back into the seven jersey, for a time.
"I'd play wherever if it means I'm on the pitch, it really doesn't bother me. Obviously Pat signed me as a hooker and the only reason I stepped in at flanker [for Leicester] was because there was no one else. Everyone else was injured.
"But I'm quite happy to play wherever if it means I'm on the pitch. It doesn't bother me, but first and foremost, I feel I'm a hooker."
Thacker earns his third start in four games for Bristol today as Pat Lam's side host the 2012 Premiership champions, Harlequins, who currently sit four points ahead of Bristol in fifth place.
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