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Lam frustrated despite Connacht win

11th January 2014 20:34

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Unimpressed: Pat Lam

Though pleased with a home win over Zebre, Connacht boss Pat Lam was frustrated by his side's inability to grab a try bonus point.

Connacht ran out 20-13 victors; their third win in this season's Heineken Cup, and ensured they kept their qualification hopes alive.

But the head coach was disappointed that, having dominated much of the match, his charges fell short of a crucial fifth point.

"I am happy with the win - you don't take wins lightly in European rugby - but I am also pretty disappointed," said Lam.

"The outcome is great because we got the win, but ultimately we were not clinical enough, and had so many opportunities right across the board that we didn't take.

"It was frustrating because early on we lost so many opportunities. The quality of our kicking was inaccurate, we kicked recklessly and not in the right place, and gave the ball away at crucial times," added Lam.

"We now have a big week ahead. Our cup form has been good, but that first game against Saracens (in October) still irks - a case of what could have been."

The ex-Samoa international was more optimistic regarding Connacht's chances of keeping their European aspirations alive.

"If Toulouse win at home (against Saracens on Sunday ) then it's all up for second place, so realistically we are right there," added Lam.

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