Blue Bomber Report Record: 3–15–0

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LaPolice pleased with Bomber crew

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It was the morning after the jubilant night before and - for a change this season - Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice mostly liked what he saw in dissecting the film of his team’s 32-25 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Canad Inns Stadium Thursday evening.

"We talked to our team about (how) we fought hard," LaPolice told reporters today, "whether it was offence, defence or special teams."

But true to form, LaPolice also found things in the tape that need work. "Certainly there were also some mistakes... and we have to play more consistent football to play and win games.

"Because when you get six turnovers, it should be an even bigger margin of victory. But, hey, we’ll take a win when we take a win. I'm proud -- (Hamilton) scored a touchdown at the end of the game and we responded and went the length of the field with it and that doesn't happen often...

"It was a good win and we’ll have to get better."

LaPolice said the Bombers had three new players on special teams Thursday evening -- and a new punt team captain now that Brady Browne is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon -- and some of that inexperience led to the second quarter breakdown that saw Hamilton’s Chris Willams romp 72 yards for a punt return touchdown.

"The return for the touchdown, we had the two new guys out of their lanes and we have to fix that," LaPolice said. "(But) we did some really good things on special teams too."

LaPolice cited in particular a fumble forced by linebacker Henoc Muamba on another Williams punt return late in the third quarter that led directly to the game-tying touchdown.

The Bombers players were in meetings and watching film this morning and will now get the weekend off before returning to the practice field on Monday in preparation for hosting the B.C. Lions next Friday.

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