"I'm extremely proud of the province" - Pat Lam reacts to Connacht's comeback win over Toulouse

The province won 23-21, having trailed by 10 at half-time

Pat Lam, Connacht,

Head Coach Pat Lam ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Pat Lam has spoken of his pride at the way Connacht fought back to claim a famous win over Toulouse in the Champions Cup.

They had beaten the French side away from home in the 2013-14 season, but trailing at the break this time out they battled back from a 21-11 deficit to win by two points at the Sportsground.

The manner of the victory and the way they closed out the game once they had hit the front particularly pleased Lam as he spoke to Newstalk Sport's Dave McIntyre after the game. 

"I'm extremely proud of the province. I did a rally call at the start of the week, and asked everyone from Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Mayo and Galway to all get here and make the atmosphere. [It was a] sold out crowd and I'd said all we'd do is guarantee that we'd front up and give it a good go," said Lam.

"Probably what summed the whole thing up was the last two minutes of the game. We did our close-out play of two minutes - gutsy call because it was obviously a penalty. That's what we're about. Just do your job, do your role and we held our bigger men who are hungry after the ball to get it back and close the game down." 

The conditions also played into Lam's thinking as he sought to avoid too many physical confrontations against a Toulouse side with many robust players.

"There's no doubt. I said it last week, we wanted a dry day because they have big men. We didn't want to get into unnecessary physical scraps if we didn't need to. You could see them trying to slow the game down and a lot of walking stuff," he said.

However, Lam is targeting improvements in certain areas of Connacht's play.

"We probably blew a few opportunities. So that's part of our work-on for this week," he said.