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We're back in European action this weekend, as Connacht take on Perpignan at the Sportsground. Connacht will aim to keep their winning form going from the mini-tour to South Africa!

 

Join the Clan in the Clan Bar for the usual post match interviews!

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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64104 6 days 13 hours ago
Conditions were horrendous. Would have to agree that the 2 bonus points dropped are disappointing but we have blooded a lot of new faces and ran the squad which will hopefully benefit us down the line.

In terms of qualifying Sale have the group won. We will finish 2nd more than likely but looking at the other pools we haven't huge room for error. We probably need 3 wins to advance.

The 3 games are winnable but we probably need to decide at this point how much we want to advance.

8th seeds would probably get us Clermont away. Nice trip but chances of winning are none.

Ulster and Munster are priority for me and the vital Cardiff away game comes after Bordeaux away.
MulMan replied to the topic: #64102 6 days 22 hours ago
The weather largely dictated the game today, still we've got to be disappointed not to get the 5 against a team that is really struggling. Had a few chances but the wet conditions really prevented us from being overly creative, also our lineout malfunctioned more than I'd have liked, they seemed to go okay there so can't just blame the wind and rain. Dave being just back might allow for some of it.

Looking at the pools doesn't make for great viewing, we're up against it now to make it out of the pool stage. If we win all our remaining games we should make it but there's no guarantees, as it stands we'd be 9th and thus out. I know there's a lot that would not mind that but I'd really love to get far in this competition, I think we finally (on paper at least) have the depth to manage that in the latter stages of the season.
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MulMan replied to the topic: #64098 1 week 8 hours ago
Epcr are showing the game on their website for any who can't make it www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/latest-vi...ound-3-live-matches/
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pinky replied to the topic: #64093 1 week 11 hours ago
One of the French Supporters' Clubs is having a meal in the Green Room in Rabbitt's after the game, so there probably won't be any space in the usual area.
But apparently Rabbitt's are throwing a Christmas Party for us, and their new fancy beer garden is opening today.

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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64087 1 week 23 hours ago
Like the look of this team. Balance looks right between resting players but still getting a decent side out on the pitch.

This competition isn't priority but would be nice to make the quarters and keep our options open for later in the season. 5 points tomorrow would put us in a decent position at the midway point.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #64086 1 week 1 day ago
That's a very well-balance back row, and great to see the three senior Irish internationals back in the line up. We should win with this line up. Great to see Darragh Leader starting and a wonderful opportunity too for Joe Maksymiw and the rest of the kids chosen in the 23.
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #64084 1 week 1 day ago
Fitz was excellent away to Sale.
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DeadStraightStare replied to the topic: #64083 1 week 1 day ago
Looking forward to seeing Conor Fitzgerald get more game time too.
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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #64082 1 week 1 day ago
www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-boosted-by...perpignan-challenge/

Good mix of experience and youth. Great opportunity for Joyce outside Bundee.
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Mark Mostyn replied to the topic: #64079 1 week 2 days ago
Of the 16 forwards named in Perpignan's squad, 5 started their last Top 14 game (it was at home so I'm assuming it's a good representation of their first team) including both locks and both props. A further 4 forwards were on the bench. Of the ten backs named, 3 started the Bordeaux game, including their 13 and captain, while another two were on the bench.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #64078 1 week 2 days ago
Eoghan Masterson apparently is close to fitness. Would also be good to see Joe Maksymiw and James Connolly get a run. Peter Robb would hope to get a run too? I'd have Robin Copeland as Captain.
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #64077 1 week 2 days ago
Hope we win to maintain momentum but really don't care about Europe this year, tougher competition in it this year and going pretty well in the league so that's where I think our attention should be.

Hopefully see a few fringe players getting significant game time like Horowitz, Mitchell, DR McCoy, Connolly (is he injured?) and a few of the young lads.

Don't recognise any names on the Perpignan team sheet :whistle:

ConnCheetahs2018

 

The mini-tour of South Africa is coming to an end! Join the Clan in HQ, Murty Rabbitt's tomorrow, when Connacht take on Cheetahs in the sunny Free State stadium, Bloemfontein! Connacht are hoping to continue their winning ways in the Southern Hemisphere!

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RonanL replied to the topic: #64074 1 week 2 days ago

salmson wrote: Super stuff. Worth noting that the last three wins (and the performance of the pack in the Ospreys loss) have showcased pragmatic, set-piece/forward-driven rugby of the type that will prove very useful over the winter months.


Pragmatism is underrated.
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salmson replied to the topic: #64029 1 week 5 days ago
Teams who have won both matches in their SA double header this season or last: Connacht, Munster.

Teams who have not: Leinster, Scarlets, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ulster, Treviso, Cardiff, Zebre (Ulster, with a win and a draw, did remain unbeaten).

Teams with double headers to come: Ospreys, Dragons.

Super stuff. Worth noting that the last three wins (and the performance of the pack in the Ospreys loss) have showcased pragmatic, set-piece/forward-driven rugby of the type that will prove very useful over the winter months.
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64016 2 weeks 2 hours ago
Big win. Sets us up nicely for the interpros. Difficult conditions for the players but we definitely made it a lot harder than we needed to. The lead up to the 2nd try was very disappointing and we let 2 or 3 tries slip at key points that would have made it a lot easier afternoon. At 10-15 we had to soak up a lot of pressure though. They made a lot of unforced handling errors in that spell. If they got ahead it would have been a big ask to come back. When we got it to 10-21 we looked in control and should have been able to close the game down then but again we were hanging on at the end. The important thing was that we did though.

Cardiff losing gives us a bit of breathing space over them too.

Perpignan next week I'd give a few other players a run. Europe is always important for us but the league is far more important for us this year. A place in the play offs or minimum 4th is very achievable.
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connachta replied to the topic: #64015 2 weeks 5 hours ago
Amazing to have held that. Big Champions Cup for next season is achievable now :D
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #64014 2 weeks 5 hours ago
Good result that.

Cheetahs will say they were unlucky not to get more scores but truth is they were throwing 50/50 or worse offloads all day and knockons were always going to occur.

Good solid performance, Godwin and Copeland before he went off the picks for me.

9 points from two away trips: that'll do pig!
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #64008 2 weeks 1 day ago
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ConnCheetahs2018

 

The mini-tour of South Africa is coming to an end! Join the Clan in HQ, Murty Rabbitt's tomorrow, when Connacht take on Cheetahs in the sunny Free State stadium, Bloemfontein! Connacht are hoping to continue their winning ways in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64002 2 weeks 1 day ago
I like that team. Cheetahs have definitely fallen away from last year but still a tough opponent especially in South Africa.

A win pretty much stops us having to worry about them and keeps us in a solid 3rd position going into the interpros. The 3 games they have against Kings is an example of the league not being like for like really.
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connachta replied to the topic: #64001 2 weeks 1 day ago
Buckley fit, MCCartney and Copeland to add experience, Boyle to carry/ruck, Thornbury to jump, Fainga'a to bring impact .
Perfect. Just harsh on Kelleher who was good last week.
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Magpie replied to the topic: #63999 2 weeks 1 day ago
Nice rotation to keep the lads fresh. Expecting a big performance form Copeland.

No SOB, injured or too pale for the SA summer ?

MurtysCompNov18

 

The Connacht Clan are delighted to annouce an exclusive members give away provided by our hosts, Murty Rabbitt's. Murtys are tickets for the November Rugby Series, along with exclusive Pro14 merchandise. 

 

The draw is exclusive to Members only! Members need not take any action to enter, but if you're not yet a Clan member, or want to renew, just click the link above to be in with a chance!

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RonanL replied to the topic: #63759 1 month 1 week ago

ShaneM wrote: New Zealand tickets -Tomas Grealish


Jeez it can be such a pain going all the way to Dublin for a game can't it Tomas? The crowds, transport problems, overpriced manky pints in plastic cups. I mean, you'd probably have a better view of the game in Murty's, and the pints there are lovely. I wouldn't mind making sure your tickets don't go to waste. I'm sound like that.
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Newname replied to the topic: #63751 1 month 1 week ago
Great prizes.
Fair play to Murty Rabbitts.
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ShaneM replied to the topic: #63750 1 month 1 week ago
Congratulations to the below winners of our Draw:
Match Tickets:
USA tickets - Brendan Wall
Argentina tickets - Sean Walsh
New Zealand tickets -Tomas Grealish

Pro14 Jackets -
Pearse McDonnell,
Thomas Murphy,
Gary Walsh,
Gerry O'Neill
Kerrill Rohan

Massive Thanks to our Main Sponsor Murty Rabbitt's for making this happen
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #63737 1 month 1 week ago
Booooo. I didnt get any emails
I was convinced I was going to win the tickets for the New Zealand game, just because I have to be at a wedding that day
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connemara man replied to the topic: #63736 1 month 1 week ago
I didn't get an email...


Oh wait...
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #63734 1 month 1 week ago
Congrats to all our winners, who should have just received an email from us! Two tickets to each of the USA, Argentina and NZ games, and five bits of Pro14 merch!
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #63696 1 month 2 weeks ago
Where do I collect my prize? Need to book flights to Chicago asap :P
stos replied to the topic: #63677 1 month 2 weeks ago
would love this