Sunday 23 July 2017

Pat Lam: We have to fire shots, it's the biggest game in Connacht's history

Connacht head coach Pat Lam
Connacht head coach Pat Lam
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Pat Lam says there will be no holding back from Connacht when they take the field against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday for their first Guinness Pro12 play-off game.

The westerners have played some excellent rugby over the course of the campaign and the Samoan does not want that to stop just because there is a final on the line.

Connacht beat the Scottish side 14-7 on the final game of the season and Lam believes the champions will improve this weekend.

But he believes his side will raise their game for such a massive game.

“It’s the biggest game in our history and one we’re all excited by. We’ve had a lot of big games, we’ve broken history and the biggest thing for us is to focus on the way to win games,” he said.

“We have to fire shots. It’s no point in being safely, safely. We have to score points and to do that, you have to have something up your sleeve.

“We’ve overachieved in what we’ve done, to be in this situation and play this sort of rugby, we have to complete the week as normal. We haven’t done anything special, we didn’t go to a camp or anything like that.

“I’ve always said, we don’t want to be known as the team who kicks everything. You have to have a plan and it’s up to the players to execute. In every game we’ve added something different, everyone analyses everyone, so you have to change it up.

“I have no doubt Glasgow will be better, that Gregor Townsend will have something up his sleeve for us.”

Connacht have ruled Denis Buckley out for the season, while Ireland prop Nathan White is also unlikely to figure again although he has returned to fitness training after a difficult recovery from concussion.

However, Finlay Bealham, Rodney Ah You and Ronan Loughney are all back after coming off against Glasgow, while Craig Ronaldson is also available. Danie Poolman remains out.

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