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Lam content to play the possession game

Paul Eddison

1 Oct 2016

Possession was the key for Pat Lam as Connacht picked up a first Guinness PRO12 win of the season at home to Edinburgh.

The defending Guinness PRO12 champions have found life tough to start the campaign with three defeats prior to Friday’s success.

However they turned things around against Edinburgh with a 28-15 win, picking up a bonus point to boot.

Niyi Adeolokun, Quinn Roux, Cian Kelleher and Peter Robb all crossed for Connacht, and Lam explained that they had made a conscious decision to hold onto the ball from the start.

“When they won the toss they chose to kick, so for us it was: ‘Let’s play. Let’s use the ball’,” Lam told The42.ie.

“You saw what happened when we kick a ball to them and then we have to tackle. Don’t underestimate even in those first two or three minutes, I looked at the body language at the end of it. Our guys were fine.

“Even though we turned the ball over, I looked at their (Edinburgh’s) body language and they were sucking air. It’s like a boxing match, you throw a few jabs and look it’ll pay dividends at some stage.

“We prided ourselves many times last year on keeping the ball and all our first three games we lost all the possession stakes and we spent a lot of time defending.

“You’ve all seen the result of that. There’s a responsibility to nail it and we were going well until we turned the ball over.”

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