History beckons for Connacht

Date published: May 8 2016

Connacht head coach Pat Lam wants his side to use their home ground advantage to full effect when the Irish Province hopes to reach their first ever PRO12 final. 

The Galway outfit will host Glasgow Warriors on May 21 at the Sportsground in the second semi-final encounter.

Should Lam's men oust Warriors they will either face Leinster or Ulster in what will be the Sportsground side's first ever final in their history.

The 47-year-old New Zealander realises the magnitude of their match against Warriors and urges his charges to give it their all.

“It’s massive for us. It’s massive for our fans," Lam told The42.ie. 

"I think the thing I’m most proud about, we were underdogs, they’re the form team, 22 internationals.”

“When the rain came in, it’s quite amazing. The next few days are a heatwave and one day of rain and it was this one.

"But the boys were excited because now we can show people what we can do. A lot’s been talked about the game and our skill level, it probably wasn’t the best but that’s not what it was about.

“I said to the boys, it was about showing people our desire, our character, our culture. That was the one ingredient missing last week. We played some good rugby against Treviso but they wanted it more.

“We put a big focus on that, the boys came back and delivered it in spades. I’m so proud of them. Great effort.”

Lam, who was handed the reins at Connacht in 2013, has his sights set on their semi-final clash and not focussing too much on the history books.

“I said this right from when I first came in, I don’t want to be known as a team that runs everything or kicks everything or keeps it up the jumper," he said.

“It’s about conditions and what the defence gives us. And then that’s up to the players to make the decisions. 

"It comes down to execution. We knew the forecast was raining so we’re not silly against a very good defensive team to try and play too much in that area but we needed to put them under pressure. 

"The kick is only as good as the chase and the chase is only as good as your hunger and working together.