Friday 22 September 2017

New 'Toulouse' play saves the day

Pat Lam Picture: PA
Pat Lam Picture: PA

Declan Rooney

Connacht coach Pat Lam paid tribute to his side's determination to take a late, late victory from Cardiff last weekend, and said it was down to the lessons learned in defeat in Toulouse.

A two-point loss in France had seen Connacht exit the Champions Cup, and Lam's side came in for some criticism because of their failure to take a drop-goal that would have won the game that time out.

As a result, since then, Connacht have worked on their drop-goal options -and even named their play 'Toulouse'. Lam was delighted to see Tiernan O'Halloran slot the winning kick.

"It was an important win for us. The thing I'm really pleased about is our learnings. We played Toulouse a couple of weeks ago and we're gutted that we missed out by two points. We probably needed that play (there)," Lam said.

"We put a bit of work into it in case (we needed it in) this stretch of rugby. It's good to see. Jack (Carty)will be disappointed with that one but Tiernan came though and finished it off for us.

"I think the main thing was everyone was aware of it this time. We got criticised badly last time. When it came back I think the min thing was that right across we had a message down.

"We actually called the play 'Toulouse' because of what happened the last time."

A home game against another Welsh side, Dragons, is a chance for Lam's side to put Pro12 wins back-to-back for the first time since December, which would be vital as the champions target a return to the top six.

"It was an important win for us because we have fallen right behind," said Lam. "With the way we did the maths we can build the wins. We have another three big games to get back on track and try and get back in the top six."

Irish Independent

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