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Connacht coach disappointed after mauling

Updated: Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 18:44 | Comments

Saracens scored eleven tries as they hammered Connacht
Saracens scored eleven tries as they hammered Connacht

Connacht coach Pat Lam admitted that his side put in a diaspointing performace as they were hammered 64-6 by Saracens.

Lam’s side bowed out of the Heineken Cup after the English side ran in eleven tries in a one-sided affair at Allianz Park in north London.

Lam said of his side's showing: "We know they are a top Premiership side but we were very disappointing as we missed tackles and dropped passes."

Those sentiments were echoed by Connacht full-back Gavin Duffy, who said: "I thought these days were behind us but today we were pulled round and bullied. The scoreboard doesn't lie and it was a really poor day for us."

"I thought these days were behind us but today we were pulled round and bullied." - Duffy

Saracens now face a difficult away trip in the quarter-finals but head coach Mark McCall was still optimistic.

"We are not a top two or three European side but we are a top eight team. We can step up and learn from defeats at Clermont and Toulouse and can win away," said McCall, who also allayed any fears about Owen Farrell.

The England fly-half lasted only eight minutes as a second-half replacement for Charlie Hodgson before leaving the field but McCall said: "He had a nasty cut to the side of the head but he will be okay."

McCall was also pleased with his side's overall performance at Allianz Park, which he said "has been coming for some time".

It might have been an even more convincing victory for the hosts had Connacht prop Nathan White been sent off in the first half, as McCall believes should have happened.

With Saracens only leading 13-6 just before half-time, White was sent to the sin-bin for stamping on Brad Barritt.

White appeared to make contact with Barritt's face and McCall was in no doubt that the front-rower should have been dismissed.

"I'm glad they remained with 15 players but it was a red card as it was exactly the same as last night (Ian Evans being dismissed for the Ospreys in Dublin). Fortunately Brad wasn't injured but that shouldn't be a determining factor," said McCall.

Connacht coach Pat Lam disagreed with McCall's assessment of the incident, though.

He said: "It was reckless but there was no intent and I think the TMO got it correct. It was frustrating as their player was clearly on the wrong side of the ruck."

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