Friday 28 April 2017

Lam happy to ramp up the pressure

Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

For the second home game in a row, Connacht managed to deny their opponents a try last week, and Pat Lam is hoping that his side can keep similar pressure on the teams above them in the table as the season comes to a close.

A bonus-point win against Zebre in horrific conditions in Galway was an impressive show from the Pro12 champions - remarkably, in the 80 minutes they only knocked on six times and missed four tackles.

And those figures will have to be replicated at Scotstoun in a fortnight if Lam is to lead the province into the Champions Cup before he departs to join Bristol in the summer.

When the sides last met, Warriors spoiled Connacht's opening day celebrations with the Pro12 trophy at the Sportsground, and that 41-5 defeat is fresh in the mind. Lam wants to keep the heat on Gregor Townsend's side and those ahead of them in the top six. Wins over Cardiff, Dragons, Treviso and Zebre have helped.

"We've had four wins in this block which is what we aimed for, a couple of bonus points, so it just keeps the pressure on above us. Now we take a break and then build into Glasgow away," said Lam.

"We have three away games - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Zebre - so it is three tough ones that we have to prepare for.

"There is no doubt, before I go I want to make sure Connacht is playing in Champions Cup. That has always been our goal.

"We have just got to keep pushing. If we can slip in there, that'd be great. Otherwise we'll go through the play-off. The only thing we can control is to keep winning, and if we keep winning we'll see what happens."

Irish Independent

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