Friday 18 August 2017

Lam wary of being 'squashed'

Coach Pat Lam wants Connacht to 'play as a team' when they face Toulouse on Saturday. Picture: Sportsfile
Coach Pat Lam wants Connacht to 'play as a team' when they face Toulouse on Saturday. Picture: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht coach Pat Lam is wary of his side being 'squashed' if they allow a physical Toulouse get on top this Saturday.

The reigning Pro12 champions started the season with three defeats but bounced back with wins over Edinburgh and Ulster. Connacht won in Toulouse in Lam's first season in charge, but were hammered in the return fixture. And Lam knows all too well the threat they pose.

"We are getting stronger, we are getting better and we are connecting - all of the things that we missed out on by not having that pre-season. It's coming along nicely despite the injuries," said Lam.

"Their style does suit our skill-set. But we saw last time we played them, we beat them over there and then they came back and squashed us. If we can do our jobs and play as a team then we have got a chance.

"They are strong, they are on form. They just lost to Clermont, and then they smashed Grenoble. So it's going to be tough."

Lam was speaking at the opening of the new sports' facilities in Seamount College, Kinvara.

"I really want to get into the secondary schools too," he said. "There has been a lot of challenging stuff that goes on in schools. Coming here encourages the students about healthy living, but also that there is always hope and people they can talk to."

Irish Independent

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