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Published: 11:51 | 2/4/16

Lam downplays 'moral victory'

Connacht coach Pat Lam downplayed talk of "moral victories" following his side's 18-12 Pro defeat to Ulster on Friday.

Ulster ended leaders Connacht's six-match winning run with the hard-fought victory at Kingspan Stadium, but were denied a bonus point by Lam's under-strenght, battling side, who went down to 13 men for the closing stages.

"The outcome is the outcome, but what we talk about is what we did well and what we didn’t do so well," Lam said afterwards.

"A lot of people will go back and say that was a good reflection of the character of the boys.

"However, we’ll also go back and look at the times we ran the wrong lines.

"Some guys weren’t in the right place at times and we were inaccurate at the breakdown, albeit against a pretty motivated, hungry and desperate Ulster team, who put a lot of pressure on us.

"So win or lose we’ll go through the same process.”

Lam confirmed full-back Tiernan O’Halloran, who suffered a quad injury in training this week, will miss next weekend's European Challenge Cup quarter-final in Grenoble,

“We’ve lost key names like Tiernan O’Halloran,” he conceded, “who looks like he’s going to be out for five weeks, but that’s why you have a squad,” he continued.

“I thought tonight [Academy product] Peter Robb was outstanding, and Shane O’Leary at fly-half did really well too. So there’s a lot of confidence in the group, and we don’t fear anyone.”

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