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mikey replied to the topic: #63363 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week ago
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #63262 5 months 1 week ago

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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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week ago
Nah a LH please
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swift4prez replied to the topic: #63253 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week ago
About time we got that monkey of our backs
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #63249 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week ago
Fair dues to all Clan who travelled. Delighted for ye.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #63246 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week ago
Game on and go go Connacht. No surprise
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63239 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 1 week 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks ago
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ChrisY replied to the topic: #63109 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks ago
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sea_point replied to the topic: #63101 5 months 2 weeks ago
Sexton's ready for Bundee I hear...:whistle:

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pinky replied to the topic: #63099 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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 5 months 2 weeks 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.

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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #63061 5 months 2 weeks ago
Maybe you should 're read the post that says he only exists on the team and reply to that person so.
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theCulk replied to the topic: #63060 5 months 2 weeks ago

FACECUTTR wrote: I was talking about his scrummaging. He Has huge problems getting the long bind because of his stature. Some refs let it go but some others punish it. It just looked to me like he was under pressure but decisions went his way which is great. Another day and it would be penalty after penalty.
My apologies for commenting on the game forum and giving my opinion. I'll run all my posts by you first in future.


No need to do that. Saying that a player only "exists" on the team however is not talking about this game. There have been players in the past that were only good for holding tackle bags and played like that, but Buckley is not one of them. Not even close. I'm surprised I was the only one to call you out tbh.
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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #63055 5 months 3 weeks ago
I was talking about his scrummaging. He Has huge problems getting the long bind because of his stature. Some refs let it go but some others punish it. It just looked to me like he was under pressure but decisions went his way which is great. Another day and it would be penalty after penalty.
My apologies for commenting on the game forum and giving my opinion. I'll run all my posts by you first in future.
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salmson replied to the topic: #63050 5 months 3 weeks ago
One stat that caught my eye on the ESPN site was that Denis made more passes than anyone except the starting halves and Blade (yes, that includes Scarlets replacement scrummie Hidalgo-Clyne). The other was that our thirteen forwards missed three tackles between them. The pack (including, maybe especially, Denis) were brilliant.

Winter is coming (said someone). If, on a perfect day for running rugby, we can kettle Scarlets in their 22 through Jack's kicking and have the pack beat the tar out of them, that bodes well for games in Proper Sportsground Weather further down the line.
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theCulk replied to the topic: #63049 5 months 3 weeks ago

ChrisY wrote:

FACECUTTR wrote: I don't want to say negative things after a great win but I think Buckley is literally hanging on

I honestly do not know what is going on with Denis. Long past are the days when he was our turnover machine. Today, and indeed in the last two years, he exists on this team. Nothing more


I don't know what ye are watching lads. I've seen some sh1t3 on this board but this is on top
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Mark Mostyn replied to the topic: #63042 5 months 3 weeks ago

Sol_ie wrote: Some game. I'll be honest and say that I thought the bookies giving us even odds was generous. Glad to be proven wrong.

Jack has a great game, Bundee back to himself. Blade made a good show when he came on, get to see.

Special mention to SOBs carry to set up the final try.

Did anyone spot what happened in the very final phase of play?


SOB looks fit and sharp. On the last play we knocked on then they knocked on before advantage was called over so Mitrea called it back.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #63041 5 months 3 weeks ago
didn't get to see the whole game but thought there was a lot of positive energy about everything the team was doing even if it wasn't coming off. So great to see Carty stepping up, the smile when he was being subbed suggests he's enjoying his rugby.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #63038 5 months 3 weeks ago
Some game. I'll be honest and say that I thought the bookies giving us even odds was generous. Glad to be proven wrong.

Jack has a great game, Bundee back to himself. Blade made a good show when he came on, get to see.

Special mention to SOBs carry to set up the final try.

Did anyone spot what happened in the very final phase of play?
Connnnnacht replied to the topic: #63037 5 months 3 weeks ago

ChrisY wrote:

salmson wrote: Was amazed to see the spread is only 1 point, but on checking, since Scarlets were crowned champions in May 2017 their only league wins outside Wales were against Kings, Zebre, and the semi vs. Glasgow. They've lost to Leinster and Ulster twice, and Munster, Cheetahs, Treviso & Edinburgh (a hockeying) since.

That stat is a lot more hopeful than the caps count - I make it roughly 272 vs. 52.

I put a few bob on the Connacht Glasgow game and sat out doing the same on the Edinburgh game. The exchanges were scarily on the button for both games.
Watching the blues Munster game tonight kinda backs my own personal belief that the players who play best together are the best team selection, and not about the return of international players. Which is why I wouldn't start bundee in my 15 selection. Other than not having Marmion at 9 week-in week-out all other positions really are utter quality


How could you not have Bundee in our 15?
Bazzo replied to the topic: #63036 5 months 3 weeks ago
Played excellently. Saying his breakdown work is gone beyond lazy analysis, literally the first action of the game by a Connacht player past the kickoff was Buckley getting on the ball legally and slowing it for 2-3 seconds, another ref may have given a penalty and Mitrea would have if he'd held on another second, but slowing like that is still very useful for your team, particularly after a kick. He did turn over a little while later but just knocked on while trying to get the ball back to his own side, appealed to Mitrea on the grounds of the ball being interfered with by the player on the ground and causing the knock on, which was reasonable, but didn't get it.

Lovely passing all throughout the game, not just from the base of the ruck. Skip passing from open play perfectly and getting quick, long range ones out from the base of a ruck regularly is ridiculous for a prop.

100% on own scrum put in to 75% for Scarlets, enough said.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63035 5 months 3 weeks ago

FACECUTTR wrote: I don't want to say negative things after a great win but I think Buckley is literally hanging on

I honestly do not know what is going on with Denis. Long past are the days when he was our turnover machine. Today, and indeed in the last two years, he exists on this team. Nothing more
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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #63034 5 months 3 weeks ago
Our centre pairing today were excellent along with the half backs. Thought Heff was good too. Roux was everywhere today and it was his best game in a long time for us.
I don't want to say negative things after a great win but I think Buckley is literally hanging on in every scrum but he is our best LH If we lose him to injury I think we will be under serious pressure with the better teams. TH isn't much better after Bealham. Saying that I thought McCabe and McCoy did well when they came on so maybe it's just a bit of rustyness at scrumtime. Hopefully they kick on as there is fantastic competition around the rest of the park. Blade is really coming on too which is super.
Any word on Thornburys injury ?
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Newname replied to the topic: #63033 5 months 3 weeks ago
Great game, delighted with the display against a team like Scarlets - even allowing for Scarlets patchy away form.
Really fantastic to see Connacht playing such entertaining rugby.
Carty seems to have come of age and is controlling games, Tom and Bundi were great - but to be honest almost everyone stepped up. I know we had a few mistakes in first half that kept them in the game but second half ( although we should have scored more) we really powered them off the park.
Delighted with the direction we’re headed in, and our style of Rugby, at this early stage of the new managers tenure.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63032 5 months 3 weeks ago
There is a significant difference between carty today and carty yesterday. Fine player this weather
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connachta replied to the topic: #63031 5 months 3 weeks ago
No it's not.

Sub props, especially LH, are a worry
Forwards ball-carrying abilities still weak
Kelleher (or new Reece) aren't sure bets in defence, neither is organisation for scramble defence.
Team isn't well-oiled, players "surprise" each other in attack.

Otherwise it's good yes, but not 2016-good. It's gonna be a totally undecided 3-way battle for 1 and 1/2 spot between Connacht, Cardiff and Ospreys
(a full-euro + Play-off spot, and a 50% european chance if we finish 4th)

NB : Meanwhile, Carty 2018 is indeed a massive improvement compared to Carty 2016.
Playing that way, he should make his way into the Irish squad after Sexton final RWC.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63030 5 months 3 weeks ago
Great win. Proper good team. Caolin behave yourself and all will be well good. Just stop being silly. And we saw the best and worst of Cian today. Fantastic team selection. Sob, Copeland immense. We have a most talented team, I might go as far as to say this team is better than our 2016 success
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63028 5 months 3 weeks ago
Deliberate knock on. Yellow card every day
No wonder referees would wreck your head
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pinky replied to the topic: #63027 5 months 3 weeks ago

MulMan wrote: Does anyone know if a copy of the ticket on your phone will let you in because I can't print a ticket for on the lads

It used to in the tickets.ie days anyway. Technically you had to print it but they would scan it from a phone. Dunno about now but I would imagine it's the same.
MulMan replied to the topic: #63026 5 months 3 weeks ago
Does anyone know if a copy of the ticket on your phone will let you in because I can't print a ticket for on the lads
Bazzo replied to the topic: #63025 5 months 3 weeks ago

connemara man wrote: It's passport based not IQ based I thought so unless he has an Irish passport it's still 3 into 2


Bit late to this but not quite. After 36 months of continuous employment in the EU you are entitled to the same employment rights as an EU citizen so anybody here for 3+ years doesn't count towards the cap.

Sorry just saw Shelflife pipped me to it
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pinky replied to the topic: #63024 5 months 3 weeks ago
Looks like some bookies now have Connacht as slight favourites. I hate being slight favourites ...
Once again disappointed that Cannon will not get the chance to face Ball. Would have blasted him off the park.
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pinky replied to the topic: #63023 5 months 3 weeks ago
Excellent. Now if you could just provide a concise list of "agreements that include directly effective provisions conferring equivalent rights of non-discrimination against the state's nationals" that would be splendid.
We may end up getting a walkover in our home game against Cardiff in April as a lot of their players are due to become "non-European" on March 29th :silly: :whistle:
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connemara man replied to the topic: #63022 5 months 3 weeks ago
Thank you good sir

A lesson learnt. Never ask a question online, give wrong information and you'll be corrected :lol:
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Shelflife replied to the topic: #63021 5 months 3 weeks ago

connemara man wrote: It's passport based not IQ based I thought so unless he has an Irish passport it's still 3 into 2


Toms ok it’s 36 months residency .

I’ve attached the relevant light reading ?
ChrisY replied to the topic: #63020 5 months 3 weeks ago

salmson wrote: Was amazed to see the spread is only 1 point, but on checking, since Scarlets were crowned champions in May 2017 their only league wins outside Wales were against Kings, Zebre, and the semi vs. Glasgow. They've lost to Leinster and Ulster twice, and Munster, Cheetahs, Treviso & Edinburgh (a hockeying) since.

That stat is a lot more hopeful than the caps count - I make it roughly 272 vs. 52.

I put a few bob on the Connacht Glasgow game and sat out doing the same on the Edinburgh game. The exchanges were scarily on the button for both games.
Watching the blues Munster game tonight kinda backs my own personal belief that the players who play best together are the best team selection, and not about the return of international players. Which is why I wouldn't start bundee in my 15 selection. Other than not having Marmion at 9 week-in week-out all other positions really are utter quality