Monday 26 September 2016

Ospreys treble the aim for Lam's boys

Declan Rooney

Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30

Pat Lam's men will look to make it three wins in a row over the Welsh. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Pat Lam's men will look to make it three wins in a row over the Welsh. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Connacht did the double over Ospreys for the only the second time in Pro12 history last season, and Pat Lam's men will look to make it three wins in a row over the Welsh to create more history at the Sportsground tomorrow.

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Connacht defeated Ospreys 33-22 and 24-21 in 2003-'04, and backed that up with a 10-9 success at The Gnoll in the following season. But Ospreys have dominated the fixture ever since.

However, the reigning league champions had a five-point win in the Liberty Stadium last term, and their 30-22 success at the Sportsground in February was one of their decisive results on the road to Pro12 glory.

Ospreys are joint-top with Leinster in the Celtic League record books, having won four Pro12 titles in the last 16 years, but they could only finish eighth - just one point ahead of Edinburgh - in 2015-'16.

However, they lie top of the standings after Round 1, where they scored eight tries and beat Zebre 59-5 at Liberty Stadium.

And Connacht coach Lam knows his side must improve after their dismal opening round loss at home to Glasgow Warriors, where they shipped six tries and were confined to a single effort from Niyi Adeolokun.

"When you look at where we got to at the end of last year to where we are now, we were underdone against Glasgow.

"A lot of players hadn't played 80 minutes for a while. So there's no doubt they all feel better to have that game under their belt," Lam said

"There was just five points on offer - we got none. Last year we lost five games, in two of those games we got no points.

"That's one down and out of the way now. There is another five points on offer at home this week. And it's up to us to go and get them."

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