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‘There were big calls against us’ – Connacht coach Lam unhappy with TMO try decision

The western province have now lost three games on the bounce after defeat at the RDS earlier.

Lam has now watched his side lose three games on the bounce.
Lam has now watched his side lose three games on the bounce.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

CONNACHT COACH PAT Lam was disappointed to come away from the RDS without anything to show for their efforts.

And he was unhappy with the decision by TMO Marshall Kilgore to award the only try of the game.

The 13-0 loss continued their dismal form at the venue where they have now lost all nine matches.

His men, bidding to prevent a third league loss in a row having been defeat in just one of the seven prior to that, were in a good position when they trailed just 3-0 at the break having played against the wind and rain.

“There was a big effort, particularly in the first-half defensively. And to turnaround like that was a good effort,” he said afterwards.

“Then in the second-half obviously we needed to get some field position and we did that, but being able to keep the pressure on is always difficult particularly one of the things is you have got to have discipline.”

He was not happy with the decision by TMO Kilgore to award the game’s only try to Josh van der Flier.

George Clancy slips as Leinster score the only try of the game Referee Clancy tries to get a better view of Josh van der Flier's try. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“There was some big calls made against us and we will just have to live with that, which relieved the pressure.

“Fair play to Leinster it’s a team full of internationals and they came through, and they got close to our line, but again there was a big call around their try but once they got ahead it’s tough to get forward.

“All in all we are disappointed, we put lots of effort into it and now we just have to take the learnings and move on,” added Lam.

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