Lam fully focused on final

Date published: May 22 2016

Connacht head coach Pat Lam wasted little time in preparing for his side’s clash with Leinster in next weekend’s PRO12 Final.

Lam didn’t celebrate his side’s 16-11 semi-final win over Glasgow Warriors and left the Sportsground immediately after the match.

“It’s a short turn around,” he told RTE.

“We’ll be back on Monday so I have to have my work done.

“We want to highlight the positives and work on the game-plan for Leinster because Monday is our big day.

“That’s when we always make sure that guys leave on Monday clear on the plan – that’s what we do.”

By reaching their first PRO12 Final, Connacht are enjoying their most successful season ever and they face a tough challenge against Leinster, who finished the season at the top of the table.

There was a special atmosphere at the Sportsground in the win over Glasgow and Lam hailed the home crowd for the role they played in that result.

“Immensely proud,” he added.

“I am so lucky to work with this group and represent the west of Ireland.

“We know that everyone couldn’t get into the ground and we want to acknowledge all the people watching on television, gathered around big screens, in Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Leirim, Galway.

“It’s great that we’re here and a great day for the west of Ireland. It’s a great day for Irish rugby with a final between ourselves and Leinster next week.

“I told the guys ‘if you channel what this team and this province means to you, man, you can achieve big things.”