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Published: 12:59 | 5/3/16

Lam happy with Connacht mindset


Pat Lam praised "clinicial' Connacht after watching his side beat Edinburgh to go six points clear at the top of the Pro 12 table.

The Irish province managed to resist Edinburgh's second-half comeback to record a 28-23 victory at Murrayfield on Friday night.

Connacht, for whom AJ MacGinty, Jake Heenan, Bundee Aki and Eoin McKeon all scored tries, led 14-0 at the break, but Edinburgh reduced the deficit to just one point as Chris Dean, Damien Hoyland and Cornell Du Preez all went over.

Connacht secured the bonus point try, and the victory, when McKeon powered over for the fourth try, although Sam Hidalgo-Clyne claimed defeat bonus point with a penalty from the last play of the match.

Connacht head coach Lam is refusing to get carried away despite a fifth consecutive victory for his side, which extends their lead over second-placed Leinster to six points, although Leo Cullen's side have two games in hand.

"It is still open because the competition's so close," he said.

"The number one goal was to get into the European Cup next year and now we are enjoying the records we are breaking."

Lam believes his players have found a confidence and self-belief this season that is powering their unlikely title challenge, after being the whipping boys of Irish rugby for so long.

"I've been in many teams as a player as the underdog and we beat some big teams," he continued.

"The biggest thing is the mindset: we don't need a chip on our shoulder, we don't need people to look down on us.

"We work hard and, on the back of working hard, we can come out and beat anyone if we play as a team."

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