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Heineken Cup: Connacht open Heineken Cup account with away win in Parma

Last updated: 19th October 2013  

Heineken Cup: Connacht open Heineken Cup account with away win in Parma

Pat Lam: Pleased to see his side get off the mark in this year's Heineken Cup

First and foremost you have to nail the game. There's no point scoring four tries and then losing the game.

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Connacht head coach Pat Lam declared himself happy despite seeing his side fail to pick up a winning bonus point against Zebre.

George Naoupu and Mata Fifita touched down while Dan Parks kicked seven from eight for an impressive 23-point haul as the visitors ran out comfortable 33-6 winners in Parma.

However Connacht had to settle for a four-point haul on their travels as they got off the mark in this year's Heineken Cup following an opening-round defeat to Saracens.

Lam's troops next face a double-header against Pool 3 leaders Toulouse in December.

"The reason it's called a four-try bonus point is because that's what it is, a bonus," he said.

"First and foremost you have to nail the game. There's no point scoring four tries and then losing the game. I'm sure both Toulouse and Saracens would have liked four points as well but they didn't get them either.

"There's no doubt that we went for it at certain stages, but credit to Zebre for holding us out. But overall we're happy.

"That was a very good team performance by us, a very disciplined performance, especially on the back of what happened last week (against Saracens).

"Everyone said well done for running Saracens close, but asked whether we could do it again," Lam said. "So there was a lot of pressure on us to come out here and win, and to do it so convincingly was satisfying."

Disappointed

Zebre skipper Marco Bortolami lamented the home team's failure to turn their periods of superiority into points as they still search for their first ever win in Europe.

"We're obviously very disappointed," explained the Italy international. "It wasn't the performance we were expecting, and it certainly wasn't the result we were expecting.

"Our biggest failing, as is so often the case, is that we failed to turn possession into points.

"We tried to play positive rugby and we carved out many opportunities, but all too often we left with nothing.

"Contrast the performance of Connacht. They didn't dominate us but it seemed as though every time they launched an attack, they came away with something.

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