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Lam praises Connacht'c charachter
20 Sep 2014 16:04
Connacht head coach Pat Lam has heaped praised on his team’s character following their impressive 10-9 victory over Leinster in the Guinness Pro12 at the Sportsground on Friday night.
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“This is three weeks in a row we’ve had to dig deep and the real character has shown,” said Lam.
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“We send out all the players to Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Mayo and Galway, because I said when we get into these sort of situations, we’ve got to know who we’re playing for, and the reason we do so much together as a team is because you want to look over at your team-mate and know you’ll do everything for him.
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“Three weeks in a row we’ve shown tremendous courage.”
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Lam attributed Leinster overturning a 9-3 half-time defecit to calm under pressure and crucially a quicker line speed and trust in defence.
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He said: “It’s about calm. If you remain calm you get real clarity on what you need to do. And we knew we were getting on the wrong side of the penalty count and we had to just make a few adjustments up front.
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“Our defence needed quicker line speed because when they [Leinster] get going we know what they’re like. So, we needed to get off our line quicker, hold our shape and really trust that we don’t have to have three guys taking one. Just trust the shape so we don’t get caught short. It certainly came home.”
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