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Heineken Cup Pool 3: Pat Lam keeping a lid on expectations

Last updated: 11th January 2014  

Heineken Cup Pool 3: Pat Lam keeping a lid on expectations

Pat Lam: wanted the bonus point

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Connacht head coach Pat Lam is not getting carried away after his side grabbed their third Heineken Cup win to stay alive in Pool Three.

European debutant Jack Carty kicked 10 points, converting tries from man-of-the-match Matt Healy and Robbie Henshaw, as the Irish province beat Zebre 20-13 Galway.

However, Lam was disappointed with his side's overall performance and their inability to bag a bonus point which could be vital for their qualification hopes.

"I am happy with the win - you don't take wins lightly in European rugby - but I am also pretty disappointed," he said.

"The outcome is great because we got the win, but ultimately we were not clinical enough, and had so many opportunities right across the board that we didn't take."

Although keeping the Italian visitors try-less, it took Connacht more than 20 minutes to register their first points and they secured their second try through Henshaw in the 43rd minute.

"It was frustrating because early on we lost so many opportunities. The quality of our kicking was inaccurate, we kicked recklessly and not in the right place, and gave the ball away at crucial times," added Lam.

"We now have a big week ahead. Our cup form has been good, but that first game against Saracens (in October) still irks - a case of what could have been."

Right there

Of Connacht's chances of reaching the last eight, he remarked: "If Toulouse win at home (against Saracens on Sunday ) then it's all up for second place, so realistically we are right there."

Zebre had high hopes of registering their first ever Heineken Cup win, but they left the Sportsground without a single point.

Second row George Biagi said his side had hoped to build momentum after their victory over Benetton Treviso in the PRO12 last weekend, but they came up short.

"It was very disappointing for us today. In the first half we had a few try-scoring opportunities, but we didn't capitalise, and that really cost us the game. Then every time they came into our half, they scored, so it killed us," he said.

"For us it is very important to get a Heineken Cup win - you are on the world stage and everyone relishes these games, so to come here and not really perform is very disappointing.

"Now we have Toulouse (in the final round). It will not come any easier, but we are playing at home and we will do our best to perform."

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European Rugby Champions Cup Table - January 19 2014
Pos Team P Pts
4 Zebre 6 0
Forthcoming European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures
TimeFixture
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday 17th October
European Rugby Champions Cup
19:45Harlequins vs Castres
Saturday 18th October
13:00Sale vs Munster
15:15Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne
19:45Leicester vs Ulster
15:15Glasgow vs Bath
17:15Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton
Sunday 19th October
17:15Leinster vs Wasps
15:15Toulon vs Scarlets
13:00Toulouse vs Montpellier
13:00Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 24th October
19:45Munster vs Saracens
Saturday 25th October
13:00Ulster vs Toulon
19:45Scarlets vs Leicester
15:15Bath vs Toulouse
17:15Montpellier vs Glasgow
17:15Northampton vs Ospreys
Sunday 26th October
15:15Clermont Auvergne vs Sale
14:00Castres vs Leinster
17:15Wasps vs Harlequins
17:15Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92

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