Head Coach Pat Lam was happy with Connacht’s 20 – 3 Heineken Cup victory over Zebre but unsatisfied with aspects of his side’s game that saw them fail to finish off a number of scoring chances.

“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 we gave the ball away at crucial times, ” said Lam.

“I am happy with the win – you don’t take wins lightly in European rugby – but I am also pretty disappointed. The outcome is great because we got the win, but ultimately we were not clinical enough. We had so many opportunities right across the board that we didn’t take.”

Connacht could still be pushing for second place in the pool and a quarter-final spot of one sort or another if Toulouse see off Saracens today, though, and Lam is keen to avenge the narrow defeat to the English league leaders back in October.

“If Toulouse win at home then it’s all up for second place, so realistically we are right there, ” added Lam.

“We now have a big week ahead. Our cup form has been good, but that first game against Saracens still irks – a case of what could have been.”

Toulouse welcome Saracens to Stade Ernest Wallon today (Sunday 12th January) for a local kick off time of 16:00. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports.


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