Lam so proud of super Connacht

Date published: November 29 2015

PRO12 table toppers Connacht left their coach Pat Lam feeling "tremendously proud" after Saturday's derby win over Munster.

The win away at Thomond Park was Connacht's seventh in eight league games this season and moved them four points clear at the top of the PRO12.

Bundee Aki's late try sealed a memorable win for the Irish province, who have made huge strides under Lam's tutelage, just over a decade on from when the IRFU considered scrapping the side.

Lam summed up an emotional occasion by saying that plenty of detailed work on improving the squad's skills and the players' high levels of professionalism were now starting to pay off.

"I am tremendously proud. I love history and I respect it because it tells you where you come from, but the vision decided where you are going," Lam told Sky Sports.

"When I arrived at Connacht, a lot of people told me where they are and where they belong and so forth, and the first thing we needed to remove was the chip on the shoulder.

"It is all about what we can do and what we can create here.

"We are a professional team and I just said to the boys that at the end of the day what we did out there was what we do every day at training – today is no different to what we did last week against Brive or what we did in Russia.

"We have put a lot of work into skill development and making sure that guys can pass, catch under pressure, that they can run good lines and that everyone can look after the ball at the breakdown.

"We got four points today but we still will go through the process of what did we do well and more importantly what we can do better.

"We will go through that on Monday and we have a short turnaround for Cardiff next week."