Lam: ‘More to come from Connacht’

Date published: May 29 2016

Connacht coach Pat Lam believes that his team have what it takes to become a force in European rugby after securing the PRO12 title with a 20-10 victory over Leinster at Murrayfield on Saturday.  

Connacht have played an expansive brand of rugby under Lam this season and the Samoan has been able to get the best out his players however, Lam believes that his team still have more to offer.

Lam told the Belfast Telegraph that his team will not take their foot off the pedal now that they have won a major trophy and they will be hard at work with pre-season training starting on June 30.

"True success doesn't rely on trophies because only one team takes the trophy home," Lam said.

"We've won it this time and it's fantastic for everyone but we've got a plan and we have to keep going."

Lam added that his team must defend their PRO12 title next year and make the Champions Cup knockout stages in order to develop their game and prove that they are deserving of their PRO12 title.

"We're back on June 30 for pre-season and I've already set the goals for next year. We've got to defend this title and go back-to-back. It's realistic for us to win this PRO12 again," he added.

"The second aim is to get into the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup. I'll put that out there because come June 30 we start the work again.

"We know what we're building. That's the key, to set goals and work every day to achieve that."