Zebre v. Connacht - 6th April - Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - KO 530 PM

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2 weeks 4 days ago #65507 by daveydavey
No way that was a forward pass

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2 weeks 4 days ago #65508 by connachta
Got out of jail! great resilience on the final 3 minute-defensive phases

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2 weeks 4 days ago #65509 by Accidentally Onside
Whew!
Chalk it up, walk it off and move on. Not a good performance but Zebre were well up for that and played well, particularly in defence.

Needs to be better next week but I'm sure we will be.

Incidentally thought the Daly offload to Robb was forward.
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2 weeks 4 days ago #65510 by Newname
Jaysus!
It's a win Jim but not as we know it.
Missed Farrell going off, everyone nervous we lacked attacking flair in first half.
Thought Ref was kind to them in first half when they persisted in consistently fouling both in play in their 22 and in the scrum.
I thought Fainga’a and Dillane got through a lot of work.
I'll take an ugly win, need a huge improvement for next week.
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2 weeks 4 days ago #65511 by Diabhal
A depressingly bad performance where we win in the end is so much sweeter than the usual "brave" away losses where we dominate a half and die in the second.

Hopefully they will be much better next week. At least Bundee and Roux will be available. Hopefully Carty, who still looked injured tonight, will be given as much rest as possible beforehand too.

I've been a critic of Copeland but he had two major moments both at the end and earlier when his break deserved points but we pissed it away.
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2 weeks 4 days ago #65512 by connachta
Totally, thank you mister Copeland for the final turnover.
We need his physicality, I'd start him vs his ex-club next Saturday at 6
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2 weeks 4 days ago #65513 by connachta

Newname wrote: I thought Fainga’a and Dillane got through a lot of work..


Don't think, it's a fact, and I add unseen work from Butler

53 tackles just the 3 of them, 42 carries

If you add Heffernan to form a quatuor, they runned 36% of Connacht balls!
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2 weeks 4 days ago #65514 by RonanL
Strange game. We could/should have built a good lead in the first half, but the longer the game went on with a single point margin, the more nervy we looked. Understandable considering the importance of the game for us I suppose. Losing Tom definitely didn't help, even though Daly was good when he came on. Copeland really helped steady the ship, and that turnover at the end was massive. He deserves to start next week on that alone. Having watched Cardiff against Munster, we need a big performance next week to contain them. I'm sure we'll rise to the occasion.
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2 weeks 3 days ago - 2 weeks 3 days ago #65535 by Bazzo
Just watched the match back here and have to say I'm really unimpressed with the standard of refereeing. Zebre players had hands on the ball at pretty much every single breakdown, the tacklers were holding the ball and man for ages to slow it down and there are loads of examples of players jackaling well after the ruck is already formed, the referee either let it go completely or just told them to release after they had already slowed the ball for ages. Butler actually mentioned it to the ref a couple of times but he was completely disinterested. The penalty against Connacht at half time was bizarre too, he blew it for "straight off feet" against Heff but both his knees were up off the ground and he was bound to the player who had been carrying the ball so I have absolutely no clue what the actual offense was, if anyone else could clear it up I'd be grateful.
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2 weeks 3 days ago #65536 by connachta
I wondered the exact same about Heff..

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