Saturday 17 March 2018

Connacht 'annoyed' by Warriors' strong-arm tactics

Lam: “We talk about the safety of players and we have got to be consistent, that’s all.
Lam: “We talk about the safety of players and we have got to be consistent, that’s all." Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Pat Lam pointed to Glasgow Warriors' strong-arm tactics after his side's top six dreams all but disappeared as a result of a bruising 35-24 bonus-point defeat in Scotstoun.

Warriors lock Tim Swinson was sent off four minutes from time for a swinging arm on Dave Heffernan, while other blows to Niyi Adeolokun and Kieran Marmion went unpunished.

Jack Carty was also sin-binned for Connacht for a high tackle on Peter Horne, an incident that sparked a 30-man melee.

Lam refused to compare these incidents to Munster and Conor Murray's complaints of unfair treatment from Warriors when the sides met recently, but the Connacht coach called for officials to protect his players.

"I think you have to take it case by case. We'll have a look. There is no doubt a few of the boys are pretty annoyed by that side of things," Lam said.

"The main thing for us is we'll have a look at the video and go through it and go through the right channels. If there needs to be there is a citing commissioner and we'll go through it.

"There was an all-in but why did that start as well? Obviously Jack (was sin-binned), but Kieran Marmion has taken a pretty heavy knock to the head.

"We talk about the safety of players and we have got to be consistent, that's all. I'll have a look through it and put it trough the (review) process."

Gregor Townsend was keen to defend his own players: "When one of our players is high-tackled and players come in to throw punches then maybe you have to look at your own team first," he said.

First-half tries from Adeolokun and John Muldoon gave Connacht a 15-13 interval lead, but that was scant reward for Connacht's total dominance.

After the restart, Finn Russell and Ali Price crossed for Glasgow, before three Connacht penalties got them back in touch only for Sean Lamont to seal the bonus point for Warriors.

This defeat is a huge blow to Connacht's top six hopes and they now need to rebound by winning their game in hand against Zebre and hope that Glasgow slip-up.

Glasgow - S Hogg (P Murchie 67); S Lamont, N Grigg, P Horne, R Hughes; F Russell (A Dunbar 56), A Price (G Horne 67); A Allan (G Reid 53) (A Allan 67), C Flynn (F Brown 49), S Puafisi (D Rae 53); T Swinson, B Alainu'uese; R Harley, M Smith (L Wynne 53), A Ashe (S Cummings 67).

Connacht - T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun (J Rowland 79), B Aki, C Ronaldson (T Farrell 67), S Ili; J Carty, K Marmion (J Cooney 27-32, 56); D Buckley (R Loughney 69), T McCartney (D Heffernan 53), F Bealham (D Robertson-McCoy 54); Q Roux (J Cannon 67), A Browne; S O'Brien (N Dawai 62), J Heenan, J Muldoon.

Ref - I Davies (WRU)

Glasgow Warriors 35

Connacht 24

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