Tuesday 27 June 2017

Lam determined to end Ulster hoodoo

Connacht head coach Pat Lam is confident his side can overcome Ulster tonight. Picture: Sportsfile
Connacht head coach Pat Lam is confident his side can overcome Ulster tonight. Picture: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht will need to break a four-year habit if they are to beat Ulster for the first time in Pat Lam's tenure as head coach.

Ulster are the only Pro12 side that Lam has yet to beat, and with just one win over Les Kiss' side at the Sportsground in the last ten seasons it will be a significant achievement if Connacht can claim a second victory of the campaign.

They have managed three wins over Ulster since the advent of the Celtic League, though.

In the first year of the competition a 31-20 win gave Connacht the bragging rights, while two season later in 2005-06 the men from the west also claimed a 22-12 win.

At Ravenhill the wait goes on for a first win of the professional era, but Lam is confident that tonight will be his side's night.

"There's no doubt, we're just getting better every day and every game we're getting better and that brings confidence," said Lam.

"After this, we're back to work to finish off the final touches. During the stages where we weren't getting the results, the boys were working hard to improve and we're just getting the tuning right really."

Meanwhile, Connacht launched their new European jersey this week, which is available now from Elverys Intersport stores nationwide and www.elverys.ie.

BLK, in its fourth year as Connacht Rugby's official kit partner, worked closely with the team's management on the new design to encompass the entire province of Connacht as they prepare for a return to European Champions Cup rugby.

The new European jersey features strands of blue and fluro green across the chest and back on a solid black base colour.

The shoulder and upper back panel revert to fluro green to break up the detailed graphic component of the jersey.

Irish Independent

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