Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lam aims to keep up Zebre record

Connacht's Bundee Aki. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Connacht's Bundee Aki. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht will look to continue their 100pc record against Zebre this weekend when they clash at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Sunday.

Connacht have beaten Zebre in all eight of their Pro12 encounters - although they were 22-10 behind before last month's game in Parma was abandoned due to inclement weather.

And in Europe Connacht have been similarly dominant, defeating the Italians at home and away in 2012-13 and repeating the dose the following season.

Connacht won three pool games in both of those Champions Cup campaigns, both of which consisted of two wins over Zebre and a victory over a French Top14 side.

In 2012-13 Connacht got the better of Biarritz on a 22-14 scoreline, and they beat Toulouse 16-14 three years ago.

Despite Zebre's 82-14 defeat at the hands of Wasps, where they conceded 12 tries, last weekend, head coach Pat Lam expects them to be tougher opposition than previous years. 

If Connacht wish to reach their goals of a quarter-final spot they will need to take all five points from Italy.

But Lam is weary of the Zebre onslaught.

"Whenever we look at Zebre we never look at the away games - they're a totally different team at home," said Lam.


"They left some key players out against Wasps so they would be ready for next week. And obviously the 40 minutes gave them a lot of belief against us last time.

"We said straight away after the Toulouse game. We recovered straight away, we get back, we access the injuries and they were are into a good week's work.

"We always respect Zebre and we need to kick on and get another win."

Irish Independent

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