Lam hails Connacht’s victory at Ospreys

Date published: October 27 2015

Connacht boss Pat Lam believes his team's recent away win over the Ospreys could prove to be an important result in their PRO12 campaign.

The Irish province have made an impressive start to the season and their 21-16 victory over the Welsh region has elevated them in to second spot on the table.

It was also Connacht's first away win over the Ospreys since 2004 and Lam feels his side's fine start to the season is only the beginning of better things to come.

"These are the games that will make the difference," he told the Irish Independent. 

"We love this meritocracy system and want to be playing regularly in the Champions Cup but narrowly missed out last season.

"We were consistently fifth or sixth in the league but missed out because we lost these big games against the top sides.

"So I put some pressure on the group during the week. We don't normally look at the table that closely but we have to start handling the pressure and this was a great opportunity to show we are learning to do that. 

"Now we can tick this off as a big achievement. Ospreys are a team that have set a benchmark in Wales and are regularly in the top four of the league. 

"We've had plenty of tough games here so to get this win is so pleasing, especially when you consider the average age of our squad was 23."