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Lam rages as Connacht slip up

Brive 21 - Connacht 18

By John Fallon

There was no dressing this defeat up as a 'good effort' or 'unlucky result' as Pat Lam scolded his side for throwing away the opportunity of claiming a home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup.

Qualification for the knockout stages remains on a knife edge, but victory next Saturday afternoon over Russian side Enisei-STM at the Sportsground could still be enough. A bonus-point win will likely be needed, while Connacht also need Newcastle Falcons to defeat Brive at Kingston Park.

Lam was correct in saying the job should have been completed at Stade Amedee Domenech though. Captain John Muldoon crossed for his second try of the game two minutes from time, which squared the game at 18 points each with Jack Carty's conversion still to come. Carty missed the extras, before Connacht knocked on from the restart and then conceded a penalty from the scrum that followed, which Thomas Laranjeira kicked for the win.

Lam was not impressed with such a sub-par performance from his side.

"Absolutely disappointing, that was probably our worst performance this season. We didn't exit well, we didn't kick well, we made mistakes and off the back of mistakes then we were penalised.

"Ill-discipline gave them easy points. It was just a game that we threw away really so we're extremely disappointing.

"I am expecting a backlash from this performance because take the outcome out of it I am just not happy with the performance whatsoever."

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