Pat Lam picks PRO12 final win as his favourite day with Connacht

"That moment will never be forgotten"

Pat Lam picks PRO12 final win as his favourite day with Connacht

The Connacht management celebrate with the PRO12 trophy. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam has pinpointed the PRO12 Championship final win as the highlight of his tenure out west.

Since arriving in Galway in 2013, the westerners have gradually improved to the point where they won the Guinness PRO12 Championship - beating Leinster in the 2016 final in Edinburgh.

Lam spoke warmly about his time in Ireland after Saturday's defeat against Northampton in the Champions Cup semi-final play-off loss. 

However, unsurprisingly, he picked the PRO12 final victory over Leinster in 2016 as his favourite memory during his time here. 

Speaking to Off the Ball's Dave McIntyre on Saturday, he said that day will never be forgotten.

"There's no doubt, the final," he said: "coming in, the whole day of the final. The crowd at the entrance of Murrayfield. You know, just that whole day. 

 

Connacht’s Bundee Aki with fans. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

"And obviously the parade and all that. Although it was a day, it encapsulated everything. Everything good about rugby, it wasn't just the game.

"It was the people making the effort to get out there. It was the people at home. It was the people watching all around the world. 

"That moment will never be forgotten obviously and it was just a wonderful time."