Tuesday 27 September 2016

Lam tips Glasgow to beat Irish rivals to title

Declan Rooney

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Connacht coach Pat Lam is hoping that the Pro12 trophy stays in Ireland for the third year in a row, but he thinks that Glasgow will claim a first piece of silverware for Scotland
Connacht coach Pat Lam is hoping that the Pro12 trophy stays in Ireland for the third year in a row, but he thinks that Glasgow will claim a first piece of silverware for Scotland

Connacht coach Pat Lam is hoping that the Pro12 trophy stays in Ireland for the third year in a row, but he thinks that Glasgow will claim a first piece of silverware for Scotland.

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Lam has already lost his forwards coach Dan McFarland to Gregor Townsend's side for next season, and he thinks Glasgow will be champions before he gets there.

The Connacht coach thinks Warriors have the squad to go one step further than last year's defeat to Leinster in the final, but that in-form Ulster will be their biggest challengers, especially if they can beat Munster on Saturday and claim a home semi-final.

"There is no doubt we'll be supporting the Irish teams, but Glasgow look strong," said Lam.

"I think they have got the depth to get through the next few weeks. They are well coached with Gregor Townsend.

"Ulster are looking strong too and the same with Munster. Certainly we'll support our Irish brothers, but Glasgow I would say are the favourites."

Lam has had a good look at Munster, Ulster and Glasgow in recent weeks, as his side fell to all three title challengers in their last three games.

But he thinks this weekend could be pivotal in deciding the identity of the teams to reach the final in Belfast, especially if Ulster can beat Munster at Kingspan Stadium.

"That'd make it a lot easier for Ulster. The thing with Ulster is they have their key players all available at the right time of the season," he said.

Lam has no new injury worries as he prepares to head to Italy to play Zebre this weekend - Connacht need victory to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the Champions Cup next season.

Irish Independent

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