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Published: 10:39 | 11/4/16

Lam focused on Munster clash

Lam's Connacht knocked out of Europe on Saturday

Connacht coach Pat Lam says his players must quickly turn their focus back to the Pro 12 after Saturday's European heartache.

Connacht let slip a 19-3 lead as Grenoble came back to win Saturday's European Challenge Cup quarter-final 33-32, but Lam says his players need to put aside their disappointment and has set his team the target of three more Pro 12 wins in order to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs.

Second-placed Connacht meet Anthony Foley's side at the Sportsground on Saturday, then travel to Italy to take on Treviso on Friday 29 April, before concluding their Pro 12 regular season with a home tie against Glasgow on Saturday 7 May.

"We wanted to get into the final, we knew if we got to the semi that would be the big one, but unfortunately we just missed out," Lam told the Irish Independent

"But now we are in a situation where we know that the Pro12 top six is not guaranteed yet mathematically

"We just need one more win to get that and two wins to get a semi, and three wins to get a home semi. That's all we can control, so it's starting with Munster.

"It's another big game. That's the big thing for the development of all of these guys. By playing this sort of rugby, they are going to become better and better rugby players by getting used to playing these sort of games.

"We've had six on the trot now and we have three to come. We focus now to just go and nail this next week."

Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman feels his side won the physical battle in the second half of Saturday's semi-final at the Stade Lesdiguieres.

"We felt that physically we could dominate Connacht," the former Ireland hooker said.

"It wasn't that easy but we felt that those big carries we made, those big collisions would pay in the last 20 minutes.

"Connacht's last 15 minutes against Leinster was incredibly hard, their last 10 against Ulster too and the Top 14 is a more power-based league.

"So at 19-16 at half-time, having said we were going to impose ourselves physically, I felt we were on the right track.

"Our half-backs didn't have a better game than Connacht's, but at the very important moments they controlled it really well and it probably won us the game."

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