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'It happens in many games and it's not just the All Blacks' - Lam on claims of dirty play

The Connacht boss is preparing for a Pro12 clash against Cardiff.

Connacht coach Pat Lam.
Connacht coach Pat Lam.
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CONNACHT COACH PAT Lam said there is nothing to suggest that the All Blacks are a dirty side.

Lam, a New Zealander of Samoan descent, said he is thankful that there is a strong judicial process in place to deal with incidents from games.

He said that players make mistakes in games and there are procedures to deal with them.

“I went with the family and watched it from ground level. There is no doubt that the boys have been solid and so forth.

“It happens in many games and I wouldn’t say it’s just the All Blacks. Some guys make mistakes accidentally.

“But that’s why we have our judicial process that people look at.

“There is no doubt, Steve Hansen said straight after the game, the one where Fekitoa was clumsy, he is not the first and not the last.

“The main thing is that it is all dealt with. There is a process for the judiciary and there is a process for coaches and for teams for settling discipline,” he said.

Lam’s Connacht side return to Pro12 action this weekend when they take on Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground on Friday evening.

And while Lam wants to field his strongest side as the Pro12 champions try make up ground after a poor start to the defence of their crown, on the other hand he wants his five players in the squad to feature against Australia rather than his side this weekend.

“We have got five players up there at the moment in camp which is fantastic.

“They have been involved right through; Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, Tiernan O’Halloran and Niyi Adeolokun, they are all up there, hopefully we don’t see them, if we do we do.

“It will probably be midweek before we know if they are available.

“Obviously there is recovery from the week, they all went up to camp on Sunday, so once they give an injury update, get through training…so certainly it will be midweek when they will know.

“We will prepare without them but it’s a bonus if we see them around, bonus for the team,” added Lam.

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