Monday 9 December 2019

Lam sees bright times ahead again

Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht coach Pat Lam says morale in the camp remains high despite falling to consecutive inter-pro losses over the Christmas period while an unprecedented injury crisis hits his squad.

Last week Connacht were forced to line out without 23 players for the arrival of Munster in the Pro12, and this week fresh injuries to Jack Carty, John Muldoon and Nepia Fox-Matamua, as well as illness to Finlay Bealham and Matt Healy, sees even lower numbers as they prepare to face Ospreys.

The coach admitted that he has been hamstrung by the numbers at his disposal, but he was disappointed by the error count from his side last weekend.

"Of course we are, because we know, if we are honest with ourselves, we should be certainly higher (in the table). We look at some of the games that we have lost, including on the weekend," said Lam. "There is no doubt we had opportunities to win these games. We are disappointed because when you have genuine opportunities to win and you don't take it."

Defeat to Munster was Connacht's seventh of the Pro12, but Lam thinks his side can cope with these setbacks. There have been tough times before and he thinks they will recover again.

"But have been here before. We have been in the highs, we have been in the lows. And when I say when you are in the lows and you get to the highs you don't forget the lows.

"There is no guarantee, just because you are in a good time, life doesn't mean it ain't going to happen again. If you get through it it's the learnings you take from it.

"When you get there again, everyone is going to do that. Tough times they just come and ain't gone forever, they are going to be here until you leave the earth. It is the experience you take and the comfort of being there before."

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