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Lam dismisses Connacht crisis claim

Charlie Bennett

27 Sep 2016

Connacht may have lost the first three games of a Guinness PRO12 campaign for the first time in their history this season, but head coach Pat Lam is refusing to admit they have a crisis on their hands.

The defending champions opened up with a heavy 41-5 defeat to Glasgow Warriors, before early pacesetters Ospreys won 32-11 at The Sportsground thanks to an inspired display from Rhys Webb.

And it got worse on Saturday as Liam Williams scored two tries to help Scarlets win 17-8, consigning Connacht to the bottom of the table.

But Lam says they are refusing to beat themselves up after a poor start and insists their form will soon turn as long as they put in the work.

“I’m not concerned if people talk about a crisis. I wasn’t concerned when people said we were great last season,” he said as his side look ahead to Friday’s game with Edinburgh.

“I have a good saying off a mentor I work with, ‘I have no business doing what I do if I listen to people who have no idea or experience about what I do’.

“If I start listening to people then I will lose my focus on the job and then there will be a crisis.

“The only way we are going to improve is by keeping working on the things we can do, not beating ourselves up about what’s happened or wishing we’d like to be somewhere else.”

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