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Last weekend Connacht defensive game plan nearly pulled off a victory against one of the most attacking sides in the league. Now up against a similarly dominant Glasgow, Lam will tweak his systems accordingly.
The backs have also been hit. Danie Poolman is struggling with hamstring and did not take part in full training earlier in the week, while Robbie Henshaw is unavailable due to Ireland squad commitments. And with James So having returned to New Zealand, Lam is on the look out for a replacement back, taking into consideration availability and financial restraints.
"Technically Loughney was half a foot offside which, as a prop, would have no effect on the game. The referee didn see it, but the touch judge called it harsh. We had two touch judge calls which was frustrating; Leinster had none," says Lam.
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"There is no doubt we want to win every game but, as I said to the boys this week, we are getting better through the process we go through every week."
Lam had already arrived in Galway last season when Glasgow came strutting their stuff with a convincing 24 3 victory, and lost by just two points to Leinster in the semi final play off.
soul, and certainly it was tough for the whole team to take losing in the last three minutes. It was a massive effort with a game plan that was built around defence and we so nearly pulled it off and made history at the RDS. Now we have to wait for another year," he says.
" Munster was a great win and we are a different team, but the one thing we take away from their win is belief that Glasgow can be beaten."
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"They went close last year and they arrive here with a lot of talent. They are one Saucony Black Shadow of the best defensive outfits in the competition and will punish any errors. It is no fluke they were on top of the league table."
"A tough week", says Lam, and also a frustrating one after defeat to Leinster in the final three minutes at the RDS.
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The November break for the autumn internationals cannot come soon enough for coach Pat Lam, who this week lost Andrew Browne (calf tear ) and most likely Aaron Conneelly (ankle in training ) from the back row. Still standing are just two, Jake Heenan who is carrying a huge load as openside flanker, and George Naoupu who is enjoying his leadership role in the back row. John Muldoon and Eoin McKeon are expected back in a few weeks which means Lam will transfer either Ali Muldowney or Mick Kearney, who has yet to make a competitive start this season, from second row duties to the blindside this weekend.
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Discipline will also be on the agenda, although Lam understandably was frustrated by a couple of calls last weekend which saw both Kieron Marmion and replacement prop Ronan Loughney yellow carded in the final minutes the latter being a touch judge call.
With the injury list almost at crisis point, Lam is urging his players to make one last effort before the international break, and it will need to be a big one to overcome a side that until last week was leading the Pro 12 table.
"For the last three games we have raised the bar. We backed up the Saracens game and put the most points on Zebre, and we went to the RDS and gave our all. Now with key injuries and with no more back row players, we are asking the boys to do it again."
As always Connacht will have parked that Leinster disappointment and will be reharnassing their emotion and energy to try to deny a Scottish outfit which has undergone a resurgence since Gregor Townsend took over the two seasons ago. But Connacht task has been made all the more difficult by continuing injuries and the departure of utility back James So for personal reasons.
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