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Connacht's scrum half Kieran Marmion (L) vies with Toulouse's Louis Picamoles during the match between Toulouse and Connacht. Photo by: Eurosport

Underdog Connacht shocks Toulouse in Heineken Cup match in France

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Connacht's scrum half Kieran Marmion (L) vies with Toulouse's Louis Picamoles during the match between Toulouse and Connacht. Photo by: Eurosport

Connacht pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Heineken Cup with a sensational 16-14 win over Toulouse in France on Sunday.

Rank outsiders to win even one game against the crack French side, Pat Lam’s team made a mockery of their status as a try from Kieran Marmion and 11 points from the boot of Dan Parks sealed victory.

A delighted Lam said, “We had a lot of belief coming to this game. Although we are at the bottom of the table this year, every single game we played we could have won.

“We have a team with no superstars, we missed so many opportunities throughout the season, but we still came here confident. We just had to make sure that everyone did their job.

“There was a lot of trust out there.  I’m very proud of that. Last week against Edinburgh we should have won comfortably, but they scored three tries in the last five minutes.

“At the time it hurt, but it might be the best thing that could have happened to us. We had a look at our shape and it was badly wrong, we spent a lot of time at the start of the week getting back to our defensive shape.”

Connacht now host Toulouse in Galway this weekend when Lam knows his team will face a wounded beast after Sunday’s shock result.

He added, “We’re alive, and now we have to go and do the same in our own backyard.

“This will be a big effort, because we’ll face a hurting Toulouse team. They’re going to be written off and told how bad they are. They’ll come to us fired up.”

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