Pat Lam tempers any talk of panic in the wake of massive opening defeat in the Pro12

Connacht suffered a 41-5 defeat to Glasgow Warriors

BY Sinéad Farrell 13:17 Sunday 4 September 2016, 13:17 4 Sep 2016

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Pat Lam is preaching the need for calm following Connacht's heavy defeat on the opening day of the new Pro12 season.

The Pro12 champions were outplayed yesterday as the Glasgow Warriors crossed the whitewash six times on the way to earning a 41-5 victory. Connacht unseated the Scottish side on their way to the Pro12 victory last year but went into this fixture without much pre-saeson preparation, playing one fixture in the weeks leading up to the opening weekend.

Lam however, says there is no need to panic yet. Speaking to The42, he said:

"Ospreys had a massive win against Zebre, so we need to bounce back. And that will come from making sure all the little things are done right. I’ve been in this game long enough to know you come off these games and can bounce back. The last time we got done like this was over in Edinburgh and we bounced back and beat Toulouse. But that will only come if the work is put in and there will be some interesting footage that we will go through."

"The good times don’t change your character and in these sort of moments we have a great opportunity to learn here."

Just over 6,000 patrons turned out to support the home side yesterday, despite efforts made to allocate extra seating at the Sportsground. A 2,000 seat capacity stand has been attached to the main stand to bring the overall stadium capacity to 8,100. 



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