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Join the Connacht Clan in the Sportsground this Saturday, when Connacht Rugby take on Bordeaux in the first round of the Challenge Cup! Usual Clan Interview in the Clan Bar post game!

We are meeting some members of the travelling Bordeaux supporters in Clan HQ, Murty Rabbitts, before the match. If you're interested then head over to the Clan Forum to register your interest: http://www.connachtclan.com/clan-forum/members-area/29245-bordeaux-fans-schoolnight-pint-and-a-spot-of-lunch#63387

This  will be your last chance to pick up your Supporters pack in person, either in the Clan Bar pre-game or after the interview!If you can't make it, no need to worry, it will be automatically posted to you in the coming weeks. 

 

 

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connemara man replied to the topic: #63473 2 days 15 minutes ago
O'Donnell's scrumaging held up well.

Didn't do too much wrong. I'd be worried about his tackle technique he was just throwing his shoulder into the opposition and not wrapping will get into trouble with it going forward
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sligsup replied to the topic: #63469 2 days 4 hours ago

Magpie wrote:

Tall Paul wrote: You have to happy with the win. Not getting a bonus point will put us under next week.

It was great to see the fringe players getting a run out.
McCabe was on fire, and his going off seem to have a big impact on the tempo of the pack. Hope he is available next week.

Very disappointed with the ball carriers they seemed to be running into dead ends all day.
It was a shame we did not got wide more their back 3 looked very poor.
I think we should have tested them more.

Our discipline is the worst l have seen in years.
We must be giving away 15 plus penalties a game.

Jack looks he has no gas in the tank when he came off.
He needs a rest. Could we get a joker with Reese budget?
Fitzgerald looked very nervous and it affectedis game, fingers crossed he can improve. We need him to be a strong back up

The question is who will be available for next week Will bundee be allowed to play?


McCabe was having a great game, it was his line break that lead to the first try, and scrum was dominant while he was on. He was initially injured in that break, but I don't think it was a re-occurence of the shoulder/arm issue that has blighted him. Some nice running lines and hands from Goodwin, looks a good player. At the end of the first half I was sure we'd get the 5 pts, pack was dominant. We had territory and possession and while it was 15 vs 15, and were on for the 5pts. Copeland getting the bin, Bordeaux sensing they might get something, lots of subs coming on, all caused us to lose shape for a bit. After the 3rd try I thought we were on for the 5pts again, but McKeon’s injury ended that hope.

Bordeaux were not great, but they did not wilt or give up, they fought to the end.


How did O'Donnell go at 1 as was in fairly got a good run and looks like he is going to be needed this season.
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Magpie replied to the topic: #63457 3 days 8 hours ago

Tall Paul wrote: You have to happy with the win. Not getting a bonus point will put us under next week.

It was great to see the fringe players getting a run out.
McCabe was on fire, and his going off seem to have a big impact on the tempo of the pack. Hope he is available next week.

Very disappointed with the ball carriers they seemed to be running into dead ends all day.
It was a shame we did not got wide more their back 3 looked very poor.
I think we should have tested them more.

Our discipline is the worst l have seen in years.
We must be giving away 15 plus penalties a game.

Jack looks he has no gas in the tank when he came off.
He needs a rest. Could we get a joker with Reese budget?
Fitzgerald looked very nervous and it affectedis game, fingers crossed he can improve. We need him to be a strong back up

The question is who will be available for next week Will bundee be allowed to play?


McCabe was having a great game, it was his line break that lead to the first try, and scrum was dominant while he was on. He was initially injured in that break, but I don't think it was a re-occurence of the shoulder/arm issue that has blighted him. Some nice running lines and hands from Goodwin, looks a good player. At the end of the first half I was sure we'd get the 5 pts, pack was dominant. We had territory and possession and while it was 15 vs 15, and were on for the 5pts. Copeland getting the bin, Bordeaux sensing they might get something, lots of subs coming on, all caused us to lose shape for a bit. After the 3rd try I thought we were on for the 5pts again, but McKeon’s injury ended that hope.

Bordeaux were not great, but they did not wilt or give up, they fought to the end.
damiengmullen replied to the topic: #63454 3 days 19 hours ago
Well I eventually sold my spare ticket for todays game, but one Kind Bordeaux supporter gave me a free spare ticket for the Clan Terrace, so I had a second Grant Thornton Stand ticket to get rid of, which I eventually did.

Not the best of games weather wise but a win nonetheless, pity we couldn't get the try bonus point.

Anyway here is my video of today's game.


damiengmullen wrote: Hello again.
I still have one spare ticket which I am selling for the @connachtrugby v @Bordeaux @epcrugby @ERChallengeCup match on October 13th. The ticket is for the @GrantThornton Stand. The Face Value is €40 But I am selling for €25.
I will be in Murty Rabbit's this Saturday to hand over the ticket to the buyer.

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Tall Paul replied to the topic: #63453 3 days 23 hours ago
You have to happy with the win. Not getting a bonus point will put us under next week.

It was great to see the fringe players getting a run out.
McCabe was on fire, and his going off seem to have a big impact on the tempo of the pack. Hope he is available next week.

Very disappointed with the ball carriers they seemed to be running into dead ends all day.
It was a shame we did not got wide more their back 3 looked very poor.
I think we should have tested them more.

Our discipline is the worst l have seen in years.
We must be giving away 15 plus penalties a game.

Jack looks he has no gas in the tank when he came off.
He needs a rest. Could we get a joker with Reese budget?
Fitzgerald looked very nervous and it affectedis game, fingers crossed he can improve. We need him to be a strong back up

The question is who will be available for next week Will bundee be allowed to play?
daveydavey replied to the topic: #63452 3 days 23 hours ago
Good win. Wud have been nice to get bonus but wasn't to be. Don't think the challenge cup is much stronger than last year. Reckon we shud take 10 points off Perpignan as they won't have any interest in it after losing at home last nite, 1 more win and we make quarters. Wud not b afraid of the English teams or ospreys for that matter, Clermont r the standout all right.
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #63450 4 days 1 hour ago
Underwhelming game. Lack of bonus point is disappointing but I think our focus appears to be on the league. It was the sort of game we were always on top but never comfortable. Bordeaux made a reasonable fist of it in fairness.

With the likes of Clermont and La Rochelle in this and looking like they mean business along with the usual English contenders plus Ospreys our chances of winning this are very slim.

Last year I thought it was a weak competition there to be won but I think quarters would be a decent achievement this year and focus on the league.

Especially after today Ospreys away is a far more important game than Sale.
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #63449 4 days 5 hours ago
Lovely day for it!
A win, hopefully bonus point, and to get a few young lads a run out is what today is about.
They won't be writing folk tales about this game.
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Fourdogs replied to the topic: #63444 4 days 22 hours ago
Driving down from the East tomorrow morning if anyone wants a lift. Dublin about 9:30 - 9:45 planning to be in Rabbits for the lunch at 12:00
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connachta replied to the topic: #63442 5 days 1 hour ago

salmson wrote:

connachta wrote: Sale going full-strenght in Perpignan, will they rotate a bit next week to prepare their domestic league?


Sale don't have a league game until November 17 (the not-Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off straight after Europe) so they may be fully loaded against us.


Shit. We're done then. We won't win away vs their main, except if injuries happen tonight in France. Beating 14 Ulstermen in crisis has already been hard
MulMan replied to the topic: #63441 5 days 1 hour ago
In fairness to Bourdeaux we went over to Newcastle with Heff at 20 and nobody at all at 23 a few years back, I know that was due to severe injuries; but should we give them the benefit of the doubt or is that too kind. There are some of their big names in the squad.
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salmson replied to the topic: #63437 5 days 4 hours ago

connachta wrote: Sale going full-strenght in Perpignan, will they rotate a bit next week to prepare their domestic league?


Sale don't have a league game until November 17 (the not-Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off straight after Europe) so they may be fully loaded against us.
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connachta replied to the topic: #63436 5 days 4 hours ago
We will win. in all likelyhood, to be careful.
Main question is : Why Griffin instead of Leader?
And more crucial : Sale going full-strenght in Perpignan, will they rotate a bit next week to prepare their domestic league?
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pinky replied to the topic: #63435 5 days 5 hours ago
I withdraw my defamatory allegation of defamatory allegation (without prejudice or admission of liability).
I thought you meant the replacement props were all hookers, but it's much worse than that!
I assume UBB just didn't get the memo about the move to unlimited squads. Surely they have lads in their espoirs that they could have included who would do a much better job on the wing than their fifth choice hooker.
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salmson replied to the topic: #63433 5 days 5 hours ago

pinky wrote: Explain yourself salmson, you can't just randomly accuse people of being hookers! :-)


Maynardier starts at hooker, Dufour backs him up, but numbers 20 (Lamothe, 1 start at hooker for UBB) and 23 (Pelissie - 18 UBB starts & ~50 before that for Aurillac) are also hookers. The four lads are marked as talonneurs on the UBB website, and rugby journo Paul Eddison is having a go on Twitter too.

J'accuse, UBB! J'accuse!
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sligsup replied to the topic: #63432 5 days 5 hours ago

theCulk wrote: So much for squad depth. We've our new center on the wing


I would have expected leader to come into the mix
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theCulk replied to the topic: #63430 5 days 5 hours ago
So much for squad depth. We've our new center on the wing
neill_m replied to the topic: #63429 5 days 5 hours ago

BeardySi wrote: No TV coverage of this one?


BT Sport appear to be focusing on the Heineken Cup certainly for the group stages. No Challenge Cup pool games listed to be shown live.
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pinky replied to the topic: #63428 5 days 6 hours ago
Are they definitely all hookers or is that just what the EPCR site calls them?
They have Finlay as a LH, Tom as a TH and Conor Mc as a 10.

EDIT: Actually, based on both EPCR and UBBs listings, there are four props and two hookers.
Explain yourself salmson, you can't just randomly accuse people of being hookers! :-)
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salmson replied to the topic: #63427 5 days 6 hours ago

salmson wrote: FFS 4 hookers in the UBB 23. The weather probably won't co-operate, but they deserve to have a proper score put up on them.


Both packs heavily rotated: theirs has 10 starts between them over the first 7 rounds of the Top 14; ours has 12 over 6 rounds. Our backs have collectively more starts this season (23) than the whole UBB team (22). The four hookers thing really gives the game away though.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #63426 5 days 6 hours ago
Horwitz not fit is disappointing. This would be a perfect place for him to start and give Jack Carty a break. I would've started James Connolly, giving Jarrad a break and making Copeland captain.
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #63425 5 days 6 hours ago
No TV coverage of this one?
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salmson replied to the topic: #63424 5 days 6 hours ago
FFS 4 hookers in the UBB 23. The weather probably won't co-operate, but they deserve to have a proper score put up on them.
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pinky replied to the topic: #63422 5 days 7 hours ago
(15-9) Cian Kelleher, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Bundee Aki, Kyle Godwin, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, [1-8] Peter McCabe, Shane Delahunt, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Quinn Roux, Jarrad Butler (c), Colby Fainga’a, Robin Copeland.

Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Conán O’Donnell, Finlay Bealham, Joe Maksymiw, James Connolly, Conor McKeon, Conor Fitzgerald, Colm De Buitléar.

Godwin on the wing is an interesting one ...

Bordeaux side: www.ubbrugby.com/ubb/actualite/6694-la-c...ace-au-connacht.html
damiengmullen replied to the topic: #63412 6 days 6 hours ago
Hello again.
I still have one spare ticket which I am selling for the @connachtrugby v @Bordeaux @epcrugby @ERChallengeCup match on October 13th. The ticket is for the @GrantThornton Stand. The Face Value is €40 But I am selling for €25.
I will be in Murty Rabbit's this Saturday to hand over the ticket to the buyer.

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mikey replied to the topic: #63363 1 week 1 day ago
The Ulster fans from my own experience travelling up must be some of the grandest you could meet. They are always welcoming and delighted to see us make the effort to travel up. Post match they shook our hands, congratulated us on our win and wished us well. Compared to others they rank top of my league for friendliness. Now of you want to meet some first class cobshites, go to Allianz Park.
Bazzo replied to the topic: #63301 1 week 2 days ago
Didn't want to say anything at the time as I was afraid I might say something over the top in anger but glad that particularly nasty attack on people from Ulster has been removed. Disgraceful comment to make, just hope the embarrassment of it being said by a Connacht fan was limited to this forum.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #63295 1 week 2 days ago
Because for some ungodly reason it needs to be said:

"Racist comments, sexism and the general use of offensive terms or foul language will be also deleted. Abusive posts will be deleted upon sight of a moderator, again, without warning or explanation."
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #63262 1 week 3 days ago

ChrisY wrote:

Carty in the USA wrote:
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Nah. I've had a look at their forum and there's nothing as mean spirited as your post. Ulster team and supporters are grand.

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salmson replied to the topic: #63261 1 week 3 days ago
I'm pretty sure Marmion rolled his ankle while trying to block an Ulster kick, not through some Northern Dark Art.
Carty in the USA replied to the topic: #63257 1 week 4 days ago
On the subject of out half.... Cummiskeys article in the times about Potential future 10s has a picture of Matt instead of Jack
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RoadRunnerR1 replied to the topic: #63256 1 week 4 days ago

swift4prez wrote: Good win last night, could been better, could been worse, I'll take it.
Injuries are a bit of an issue, KM, ToH, Farrell went for HIA? Cian K didnt look right.
Won't be able to make either Challenge Cup game, maybe that's why I'm not interested in the next two weeks, although 2 trips to France and trip to Sale might be to much effort and injures, to not even even get of the group.
I Think we could make the play offs in the league if we fight hard, we could get second spot behind Glasgow.
Out of the 3 bottom teams in both groups we've only played 1 team, Zebre! Alot of points to be picked up against weaker teams.

I see a few people suggest that the Sevu contract money, that we should sign a TH, but is there any chance that Connacht had to pay some/or all of the contract to Sevu?
If there is funds available, I'd suggest that we need to sign an outhalf.
As much as I like Craig, how many times has he came on as a sub, in his 'come back' game only to go of injured? I could be wrong but i'm counting 3 in 3 seasons. How much can his body take?
Along Carty we've David Horwitz, who has to get fit, match fit and they see what level he's at or how far away he is from being a good back up.
Next two games, we can't rest Jack as Kyle might be able to stand in for few mins, different story starting him and having Luke Carty or Fitzgearld benching.

99% might think i've lost the head, but there is an IQ outhalf playing club rugby and has been in very good form the last few seasons over in Wales. Matthew Jarvis has come on loads since leaving us, getting man of the matches left right and centre. Not sure if he'd be interested in leaving Wales or rejoining us. He might be thinking he's close to signing for a Welsh region.

Come on Leinster, Scarlets and Dragons today!


I fully agree with you that signing a third outhalf is a must as well as a LH. While I Like Craig as a player, he's not an outhalf IMO. His confidence was shot in the games he played last season and that seem's to have carried on into this season also. When he's on form and confidant he's probably one of the best place kickers around but you need far more tools in your box for outhalf and I've never seen any evidence he possesses them. I think he may have something to offer at fullback where the extra time he'd get would help him, but again questions may be asked here over his defence, pace and fielding ability. Jack has grown steadily into a genuine contender for the Irish squad and a call up even for the November internationals would leave Connacht in serious trouble at 10.

And the same applies to Dennis Buckley. The scrum has been our best weapon all season dominating the opposition in most games so far. Credit for this has to be shared equally among all of the forwards who've been immense. We seem to have reasonable cover in most positions apart from LH. Joe Schmidt has to have been impressed with Buckley's performance against some of the best TH's around. Even in the loss to Leinster, our scrum was probably the better one on the day. No one could argue if both Buckley and Bealham were picked by Joe for November and that would leave Connacht in serious trouble on both sides of the scrum, given CO'D's inexperience and DRMcC's suspension.

Right now there are many reasons to be cheerful but just as many reasons to be fearful also. Connacht need to be very proactive in solving some obvious issues before they occur.
neill_m replied to the topic: #63255 1 week 4 days ago
Deserved win for you guys. Hope you had a good night in Belfast. Good to meet some of you after the game. Booked for the return game at Christmas, you guys have some great beer (Galway Hooker, Galway Bay Brewery).
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connachta replied to the topic: #63254 1 week 4 days ago
Nah a LH please
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swift4prez replied to the topic: #63253 1 week 4 days ago
Good win last night, could been better, could been worse, I'll take it.
Injuries are a bit of an issue, KM, ToH, Farrell went for HIA? Cian K didnt look right.
Won't be able to make either Challenge Cup game, maybe that's why I'm not interested in the next two weeks, although 2 trips to France and trip to Sale might be to much effort and injures, to not even even get of the group.
I Think we could make the play offs in the league if we fight hard, we could get second spot behind Glasgow.
Out of the 3 bottom teams in both groups we've only played 1 team, Zebre! Alot of points to be picked up against weaker teams.

I see a few people suggest that the Sevu contract money, that we should sign a TH, but is there any chance that Connacht had to pay some/or all of the contract to Sevu?
If there is funds available, I'd suggest that we need to sign an outhalf.
As much as I like Craig, how many times has he came on as a sub, in his 'come back' game only to go of injured? I could be wrong but i'm counting 3 in 3 seasons. How much can his body take?
Along Carty we've David Horwitz, who has to get fit, match fit and they see what level he's at or how far away he is from being a good back up.
Next two games, we can't rest Jack as Kyle might be able to stand in for few mins, different story starting him and having Luke Carty or Fitzgearld benching.

99% might think i've lost the head, but there is an IQ outhalf playing club rugby and has been in very good form the last few seasons over in Wales. Matthew Jarvis has come on loads since leaving us, getting man of the matches left right and centre. Not sure if he'd be interested in leaving Wales or rejoining us. He might be thinking he's close to signing for a Welsh region.

Come on Leinster, Scarlets and Dragons today!
creaven replied to the topic: #63250 1 week 4 days ago
About time we got that monkey of our backs
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #63249 1 week 4 days ago
My ninth of these fixtures at Ravenhill, about time we got a win! Not to detract from the win, but it was very concerning that we couldn't exploit the 14/13 man advantage. Until Bundee worked his magic I was full sure we'd feck it up....
A good win, but we need to take some lessons home.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63248 1 week 4 days ago
It was always likely. We just put that likely into a performance. All the indicators suggested as much. Most happy. That said we should have finished that game off and we did not.
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #63247 1 week 4 days ago
Fair dues to all Clan who travelled. Delighted for ye.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #63246 1 week 4 days ago
what a win what a win what a win! Nobody mention the performance!!! It was always going to be a tough tough game, you don't turn around that much history in one game and play champagne rugby to do it. Let me get ahead of any ulster complaints that they would have won but for the red, if anything it helped them, they were gash in the first half and it seemed to focus their minds a bit in the second. Dan is probably rethinking his decision now, don't think he knew what he was getting himself into. Scrum - gash. Lineout - gash. 9-10 axis - almost non-existent. Two offloads out of touch and two tries disallowed because a player was ahead of the kicker - in the first half ulster looked like a team who thought they'd win just by showing up. The first five minutes they were as physical as I expected but they didn't learn anything from last week. They were just lucky that they took Marmion and TOH out of the equation, I think either of them might have done better for the first ulster try and it would have altered our gameplan somewhat or at least meant Blade was probably knackered by the end of the game. I thought Jack was very good in parts, his kicking compared to previous seasons is like night and day, and he tried his best to put himself about physically in defence, that forced knock on was a highlight. But he still plays so deep that it puts a huge amount of pressure on 9 and means any backs move is starting 5m behind the gainline. It will get exposed against better opposition.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63245 1 week 4 days ago

Borders no.2 wrote: We just had to come out of that with a win given the circumstances. Had us sweating until the end. I think we have all seen enough bad nights in Ravenhill to appreciate this win especially given how poor we were away from home last year hopefully this will give us confidence for future away games.

However, I'll probably be called negative for saying this but I'd nearly put that down as 1 point lost in the greater scheme of things.

Lots of good stuff but once again we look bereft of ideas when we have extra men. We gave away so many senseless penalties in the 2nd half. Ulster had no real threat but we gave them the platform to stay alive.


My opinion is that Ulster are awful. I had put a few bob on us to win by the 13 margin because if you can't win by 13 against Ulster I do wonder what you can do.


That said 58 years. Go u Connacht. Very well done. I knew it was not only possible but likely
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #63244 1 week 4 days ago
We just had to come out of that with a win given the circumstances. Had us sweating until the end. I think we have all seen enough bad nights in Ravenhill to appreciate this win especially given how poor we were away from home last year hopefully this will give us confidence for future away games.

However, I'll probably be called negative for saying this but I'd nearly put that down as 1 point lost in the greater scheme of things.

Lots of good stuff but once again we look bereft of ideas when we have extra men. We gave away so many senseless penalties in the 2nd half. Ulster had no real threat but we gave them the platform to stay alive.
N17 replied to the topic: #63243 1 week 4 days ago
Jez that was a weird match...

Brilliant and terrible all in one.

Put the win in the back pocket and look forward to Europe
RogueXV replied to the topic: #63242 1 week 4 days ago
It was beginning to feel like it might be 58 more years before Connacht won away to Ulster until that Aki try. Perhaps I'm being a little tough on the lads as losing Marmion so early on with TOH following shortly after would have been distributive but that was an ugly win right up to the end even conceding the bonus point to Ulster.
RogueXV replied to the topic: #63241 1 week 4 days ago
Connacht truly conspiring to lose this. Up two men and no points. Ulster down a man and still playing most of the little rugby that is happening in this game. Too many senseless penalties, they'll be down a man themselves soon enough.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63240 1 week 4 days ago
Game on and go go Connacht. No surprise
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63239 1 week 5 days ago

salmson wrote:

ChrisY wrote: Heard on the radio going to work this morning that the last time Connacht beat Ulster in Ravenhill was 1960. Did I hear this correctly? Did provincial rugby even exist back then?


Absolutely you did hear it correctly. The interpros started not long after the war and Connacht, having had the whip hand against our northern cousins in the 50s, haven't won in Ravenhill in 58 years. We have terrible away records against all the provinces; it's 2002 since we won in Dublin and before 2015's win I think we hadn't won away to Munster since the 80s.

Thanks salmson, those are some shocking stats you provide. They may have dampened but have not quenched my honest belief that this team has the potential to break that voodoo tonight.
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salmson replied to the topic: #63238 1 week 5 days ago

ChrisY wrote: Heard on the radio going to work this morning that the last time Connacht beat Ulster in Ravenhill was 1960. Did I hear this correctly? Did provincial rugby even exist back then?


Absolutely you did hear it correctly. The interpros started not long after the war and Connacht, having had the whip hand against our northern cousins in the 50s, haven't won in Ravenhill in 58 years. We have terrible away records against all the provinces; it's 2002 since we won in Dublin and before 2015's win I think we hadn't won away to Munster since the 80s.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63237 1 week 5 days ago
Heard on the radio going to work this morning that the last time Connacht beat Ulster in Ravenhill was 1960. Did I hear this correctly? Did provincial rugby even exist back then?
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wp_rathead replied to the topic: #63233 1 week 5 days ago

Accidentally Onside wrote:

Betty Swallocks wrote: That's actually a reasonably strong Ulster pack and half backs, although I'm surprised Reidy isn't starting instead of Rea in the back row. You'd have to wonder how match fit/effective Best and Stockdale will be and also how marginal were the calls to play Henderson and Coetzee. Their bench is weak enough looking.

Andrew Warwick, Rory Best (captain), Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson, Matthew Rea, Nick Timoney, Marcell Coetzee;

Without being rude, that's a very weak pack. There is undoubted quality in Best, Hendo and Coetzee (if fit) but the two props are nothing to fear, O'Connor is hit and miss and hasn't pushed on from a good start, not seen much of Rea, agree that Timoney looks to have some class but he's still very young and tough to play behind what should be a beaten front 5.

I know we ALWAYS lose in Belfast, but this is a hell of a chance.


Gotta disagree here, Tom O'Toole has looked really really good whenever I've seen him this season - especially considering he just turned 20 less than 2 weeks ago
I agree we should be superior come scrum time though

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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #63132 2 weeks 2 days ago
Not that it matters now but Furlong stepped in front of Roux and pushed him into another Connacht player resulting in them hitting the deck. It definitely created the space from him to step through.
On that note I think that is missing from our game. Roux is the only 1 I regularly see doing it. The leg hold from VDF too was excellent in terms of gaining an advantage. We simply don't do the niggle things well or enough.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #63131 2 weeks 2 days ago
You might be onto something there with Heffernan, a more experienced captain might have been able to put pressure on Lacey for the tip tackle, or used it as a reference after subsequent offences at least. Imo if one player had done it, it would have been a yellow but the ref chickened out of putting a team down to 13, despite the increasing focus on head injuries.

I was really impressed with portions of Connacht's game; rucking, passing and retention were all very good, the team is not the finished article by a long shot but they're putting the building blocks together much quicker than I thought they might have under a new coach.

Reality is we didn't look like challenging them on the scoreboard but most of the game they didn't either - the difference is they only need 10 minutes in 3rd gear to make it count. I didn't see how Ringrose got through our defence so easily and the maul for Cronin might not have been entirely legal but that's a minor quibble, they easily bossed our maul on that occasion, though the rest of the game our pack held up admirably. Glad we didn't concede when down two men I thought the team showed a lot of heart and determination at that point.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #63128 2 weeks 3 days ago
Probably Heffernan needed to be in Lacey’s ear all match putting our case to him. Should have repeatedly called for Tmo on Ringrose try just to keep pressure on ref. I realize there was loads to talk about on the scrums but most Captains will motormouth on at every opportunity. Keeping Leinster to 2 tries all match and 0 when down to 13 men was a small achievement to take from a disappointing second half. McCoy would have been smarter to play act that his leg was being held. He will have a few months on the sideline to smarten up after that unforgivable stamp.
Bazzo replied to the topic: #63127 2 weeks 3 days ago
Completely outclassed by Leinster. Found some of their breakdown highly cynical/illegal but they(and Ireland to be honest in international rugby) seem to be very good at getting away with it. As an example: on what I thought was our last gasp chance to begin closing the gap the forwards were making good ground around their 22, winning collisions. Leinster rushed up(probably a little offside) and someone tackles Bealham completely off the ball and beyond the ruck which in turn resulted in no clear out and a penalty for holding on. This may sound like bitter grapes but it's really not meant to, just wish we were a bit better/more lucky getting away with it.

Still no excuse for the actions of Robertson-McCoy by the way, a very very poor way to carry on.
BleedGreen replied to the topic: #63126 2 weeks 3 days ago
That Leinster team was brilliant yesterday, so well drilled in defense and attack. Think considering how little of possession and territory we had throughout the full match to only let in the 2 tries shows our defense is improving massively compared to last few seasons (outside of some poor non-tackles for Ringrose try). Thought Leinsters maul from lineouts very strong and forced us to give away penalties tp stop it getting going. We won't see another team that good in SG this season.
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Newname replied to the topic: #63125 2 weeks 3 days ago
[quote="if we have a similar team out against ulster we can beat them. it would be a big scalp but we have played well against them up there the last few seasons.[/quote]
We were outclassed by probably one of the best team lineups to visit the sportsground in a very long time, but still happy with a lot of our display, our enthusiasm and effort is in stark contrast to many of our games last season.
Ulster game will be a tough one, I’d imagine Ulster will have targeted this home game as one to win. Didn’t see the game with Munster, but I think they didn’t have near a full squad out?
Bazzo replied to the topic: #63122 2 weeks 3 days ago
Just a by the by but Luke McGrath was at best the 3rd best half back on the pitch yesterday.
daveydavey replied to the topic: #63121 2 weeks 3 days ago
disappointing result but didnt play too bad overall,just outclassed, our pack did ok esp. roux o brien and copeland, boyle and blade did well when they came on, i think blade is pushing marmion now for a starting place, if we have a similar team out against ulster we can beat them. it would be a big scalp but we have played well against them up there the last few seasons.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63119 2 weeks 3 days ago
Watching the second interpro you have to think that Connacht 2nd out of 4. And that's ok
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #63118 2 weeks 3 days ago
Disappointed with final result but that was a very strong Leinster team, nothing for anyone to be ashamed of (except Robertson-McCoy but that's a different story).

They just squeezed the life out of us. As someone near me said "jaysus they've some big bastards", whole team played well for them (bar Tomane who looked really ordinary) and they are incredibly well drilled.

For is Blade looked good when he came on, and Quinn Roux stood up to their physicality as did Dillane and Farrell was the pick of our players. We needed to make more of the first half where we had territory and possession and a few passes more on the button and we might have been more threatening.

The upside is that Leinster are the standout team in the league so we don't have to face that every week, downside is no one else will either as that Leinster team won't see an away ground, bar possibly one of the other interpros.
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #63116 2 weeks 3 days ago
Completely outclassed being honest. First half we did well I felt but we never truly threatened the leinster line.

The restart after half time was a series of cock ups and it was all over at that stage really once leinster weathered our next attack.

I did feel Lacey was only reffing one side but given the pressure Leinster were putting us under that was always going to be the case. Leinster are so well drilled in terms of slowing down the ball you can only give them credit in fairness.

On the sending off I understand McCoy's frustration with him being held in but he let himself down badly. I'd like to see the spear tackle incident in the first half again to me it looked like at least a yellow was warranted but missing touch from that penalty was a killer against a team like Leinster.

Only thing you can say is we don't play leinster every week. We need to pick up the pieces and go again next week to try and make sure Cardiff and Ospreys don't get too far ahead of us.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63115 2 weeks 3 days ago
Leinster is a very attritional team so the result wasn't surprising. They simply wear you down and they did it expertly again today. Thought Sean O'Bien and Tiernan O'Halloran were the best of us today. But its so hard when you simply have a brick wall in front of you. So kudos to Leinster. but kudos to Connacht also. They came up against the absolute might of Leinster and they competed admirably. The Robertson McCoy incident is probably the biggest talking point. What a stupid action by a Connacht player which in no way reflects how Connacht play. I hope he gets appropriately diciplined
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #63111 2 weeks 4 days ago

superconnacht7 wrote: What an opportunity for Connacht players to get noticed by Joe before Japan 2019. Amazing team coming from the east!! I would go so far as to say that if we win tomorrow then it will be the greatest ever win by any Connacht team in our glorious history (even the famous win away ot Toulouse in 2013!). I will be very hoarse by the end of the match tomorrow. Connacht Abu!!!!!!!!!!!


Love the enthusiasm but we did win the league one time, I don't think beating Leinster today would be better than that even though they are a better team now than the team we faced in Edinburgh.

Have to say I am very very excited about the selected team, with the exception of 7 all players can be said to be playing for a chance to upset their Irish rival and get Joe to notice them.

Leinster team is very very strong, surprised Sexton is travelling. Some of our guys might be able to rile Healy into making a silly mistake, he's been talking about this game for a few weeks I think.
1daly replied to the topic: #63110 2 weeks 4 days ago
I have ended up with a spare free main stand ticket for the game .PM me if you are interested.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63109 2 weeks 4 days ago

superconnacht7 wrote: What an opportunity for Connacht players to get noticed by Joe before Japan 2019. !!!

Reality check no matter the result
superconnacht7 replied to the topic: #63108 2 weeks 4 days ago
What an opportunity for Connacht players to get noticed by Joe before Japan 2019. Amazing team coming from the east!! I would go so far as to say that if we win tomorrow then it will be the greatest ever win by any Connacht team in our glorious history (even the famous win away ot Toulouse in 2013!). I will be very hoarse by the end of the match tomorrow. Connacht Abu!!!!!!!!!!!
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63107 2 weeks 4 days ago
What a sad story with Mike Ross on the Late Late Show tonight. Brings things into perspective
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Newname replied to the topic: #63106 2 weeks 4 days ago
Leinster here to take the points and be in a good Pro 14 position before European games start.
Strong team, let’s face it they’re the best team in Europe with talent all over. As an Irishman, Leinster’s sucess last year has to be acknowledged and is great for Irish rugby.
Looking forward to the game, and if we play to intensity of last week, we can unsettle them, and can get a result. Have seen some great Leinster teams downed in the Sportsground.
No if’s or but’s would it will be tough, but if we play like last week it’ll be a hell of a tussle.
Looking forward to it!!
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63105 2 weeks 4 days ago
As Tomas Bjorn said about the Ryder cup, you have a chance to go out thee and do stuff, so Connacht go you
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63103 2 weeks 4 days ago
You might consider Leinster's team selection as a show of respect or you might consider it as an opportunity for Connacht to relive 2016. In my view Connacht is up for this. Indeed it's been many years since Leinster came to our ground with the likes of the team they have announced. So it's happy times in every way for Connacht. They won't lose if they lose. And if they win. Well....
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Connacht Abú replied to the topic: #63102 2 weeks 4 days ago
2 Tickets Bothar Mór End. €20 Each.
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sea_point replied to the topic: #63101 2 weeks 5 days ago
Sexton's ready for Bundee I hear...:whistle:

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pinky replied to the topic: #63099 2 weeks 5 days ago

pinky wrote: Bookies had Connacht -1 for this earlier in the week (I hate being slight favourites) but now they're at a more typical +3 for some reason, so I can relax a bit in the slightly longer grass.


Connacht +6 now. Nice long grass, Savannah-like. Good practice for the Africa trip.
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RonanL replied to the topic: #63098 2 weeks 5 days ago
(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8)Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan (C), Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Sean O’Brien, Colby Fainga’a, Robin Copeland.

Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, James Cannon, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.
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salmson replied to the topic: #63097 2 weeks 5 days ago
How wrong was I? Henshaw the only first XV guy missing (you could debate lock and 7 but he's the only unquestioned starter left out). First appearance at the Sportsground for Sexton in 8 years.