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Connacht take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield this Friday at 730! It's the first away match of the Pro14 season! Make sure to get down to Murty Rabbitt's to catch all the action! All are welcome!

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RonanL replied to the topic: #62935 4 months 3 days ago

ChrisY wrote: Felt sorry for Conan. Nel used his experience to simply walk all over him. Harsh lesson but a necessary lesson. Conan will have learnt a lot from it. I firmly he has a bright future ahead.

Jack has finally reached his potential and I am delighted for him. He has had me tearing my hair out for some time now but he really has blossomed.

I wish Eoin might improve but indicators suggest he simply does not belong at this level. He is one guy I really wanted to succeed when he went to London Irish but he simply seems to struggle providing any imagination at centre. And I think Connacht suffered because of this last night. There was simply no penetration at centre. If Tom had been there I feel it would have been so much different.

Overall this is a rejuvenated team under a coach who is liked by the players. It is so much better than the doom and gloom of last season. And that makes me very happy. If I never see Ian Davies reffing a Connacht game that would also keep me happy


That you ouncer? :woohoo:
Bazzo replied to the topic: #62930 4 months 4 days ago
Every young prop has a night like O'Donnell did, it's like a rite of passage. I remember Buckley had one against a 40 year old tighthead (Bell was it?) In Wales years ago, it's an invaluable lesson in how to scrummage against a wily old tighthead.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62925 4 months 4 days ago

connachta wrote: Yes he has not enough penetration power.

Penetration is about vision. You see vision in the likes of Tiernan and Tom. You can see guys like these visualizing the game and seeing the spaces. I just find Eoin very one dimensional. If the centres aren't creative then opportunities for the backline are very far apart. And that summed up last night. There was nothing on offer from our centres to give an opportunity to our backline
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connachta replied to the topic: #62924 4 months 4 days ago
Disagree how harsh some are on Griffin. I thought he was very very good yesterday. Yes he has not enough penetration power. But everything else was well executed. Quick hands get us out of trouble under pressure in attack, tackles were not only 100% made but also offensive ones...
Solid 4th choice, above Robb/Ronaldson for those reasons
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62923 4 months 4 days ago
Felt sorry for Conan. Nel used his experience to simply walk all over him. Harsh lesson but a necessary lesson. Conan will have learnt a lot from it. I firmly he has a bright future ahead.

Jack has finally reached his potential and I am delighted for him. He has had me tearing my hair out for some time now but he really has blossomed.

I wish Eoin might improve but indicators suggest he simply does not belong at this level. He is one guy I really wanted to succeed when he went to London Irish but he simply seems to struggle providing any imagination at centre. And I think Connacht suffered because of this last night. There was simply no penetration at centre. If Tom had been there I feel it would have been so much different.

Overall this is a rejuvenated team under a coach who is liked by the players. It is so much better than the doom and gloom of last season. And that makes me very happy. If I never see Ian Davies reffing a Connacht game that would also keep me happy
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RoadRunnerR1 replied to the topic: #62922 4 months 5 days ago

cabaiste wrote: Did I imagine things or did he ask the TMO to make his decision for him for the yellow?


I think the question he asked the TMO was did Butler make contact with the ball first or the players arm when he slapped down. He specifically said that if it was the players arm then that was o.k. (i.e. legal). He then said that as there was no screen & therefore no way for him to review the incident that the TMO would have to make the decision for him. The replay clearly made contact with the arm firstly and his momentum then caused him to make contact with the dislodged ball. Despite clear direction from the ref, the TMO went his own way and imo got this wrong. I can't believe that it isn't compulsory to have a screen for ref review at every ground & thereby every ref would be forced into making the final decision & not abdicate responsibility to the unseen TMO. Our game away to Scarlets in our title winning season is a classic example.
MulMan replied to the topic: #62921 4 months 5 days ago
Didn't bother watching the post game interviews so just read today about Cockerill going off the head about the refereeing standard. In fairness Davies is a poor ref he's often been worse but if one side benefited from the decisions it wasn't us. Delighted that Andy didn't bother having a go, all in all a decent start so far, pity still about the Glasgow result, but if we can put in two massive home performances we'll be in good shape.
hontherobe replied to the topic: #62920 4 months 5 days ago
Forgot to say how great it was to see the Clan, and all the other Con supporters, in the stand. Wish I could have been there. Safe home.
hontherobe replied to the topic: #62919 4 months 5 days ago
did well to get the bonus fom17-0 down. Felt bad for Conan, Nel was allowed to get away with murder especially with illegal binding. He could drop the scrum at will and still get the penalty. Apart from the breakdown, I thought ref did ok. However, did nothing about Jarrad being pulled by the neck from a maul and their high tackle deserved a yellow.
All in all, spirit was very good and it's a point we wouldn't have got last year.
daveydavey replied to the topic: #62918 4 months 5 days ago
Our scrum cost us the game plain and simple too many penalties given away, Boyle brilliant again, bundee looked rusty.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #62917 4 months 5 days ago
Cockerill is a boor, pure and simple. Awful pity we won't get the chance to shove his boorish words down his throat at a return game here later this season!
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sea_point replied to the topic: #62916 4 months 5 days ago

MulMan wrote: It was telling that O'Donnell was taken off before half time. He wasn't enjoying a great time of it there, gave three or four penalties away there. But that final one was a joke barely had his hand on their lifter. He'll definitely be disappointed though. The defence in general has been decent but they've struggled to get their hands on the ball, great break by Boyle was the only attacking highlight.


Conan was a gamble that didn't work and it ultimately cost us the game because it denied us a crucial platform. He will have to take the hurt of being called ashore early on the chin and learn from it. Doesnt matter how well he's been going in training, he hasn't enough rugby in him at this level for facing a test prop on an away ground. Scrum was on the back foot early, Edinburgh were targeting our O'Donnell from the off, but thought ref didn't pick Edinburgh up enough for early pushing whereas after two or three scrums he did us for anything and everything. There were some good bits too, and Edinburgh are a decent side..

Cocker' s is clearly feeling the pressure when he's having a post match rant when they've won ....
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62915 4 months 5 days ago
Without doubt Connacht is a fine team. Tiz hard when most decisions simply second rate
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62914 4 months 5 days ago
There were things I really liked about that performance. I honestly thought Connacht would break Edinburgh in the end. That's what I thought
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62913 4 months 5 days ago
Thought it was a decent performance. I couldn't guage anything wrong by the performance. It was one of those days.
Fantastic defence, shocking ref
ChrisY out
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Shelflife replied to the topic: #62912 4 months 5 days ago
Frustrating game to watch for a number of reasons , Connacht never really firing and the inconsistencies from the ref made for a really poor game .

As you know I'm usually the one to defend the man in the middle but I'd say the review on Monday for Ian won't be a pleasant one.

That said we were the architects of our own downfall, came back well at the end to get bp.

Need to cut out the silly pens which put us under pressure.
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RonanL replied to the topic: #62911 4 months 5 days ago
Watched the game delayed, and I thought the ref was awful, but just watching Richard Cockerill's interview afterwards, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is reprimanded for his comments. He was raging about the ref, and the general standard of the refereeing in the competition. He also said we came out to cheat! Looking at the penalty count I can kindof see where he's coming from, but I do think the ref was pretty one sided. O'Donnell got pinged for offside for example (which he was), but Edinburgh were permanently off side and I don't recall them getting done for it.

Anyway, considering the pressure we were under for large periods, a losing bonus is not a bad result.
sneeze replied to the topic: #62910 4 months 5 days ago
What about that disgraceful interview with Cockerill. He was criticising the ref and calling Connacht cheats! What a dick. And wasn't called out by the equally biased panel. Davies was a disgrace but not in our favour.
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Stakeknife84 replied to the topic: #62908 4 months 5 days ago
Disappointed with the performance but we weren't helped by a poor poor ref. Let's hope we avoid his incompetence again at least for the next few home games.
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connachta replied to the topic: #62907 4 months 5 days ago
LBP is a massive acheivement vs a straight opponent for home european play-off next spring!


Carty, very average for 2 seasons, now finally stepped up in another level. Won't be amazed to see him having a few caps along Carbery/Byrne, after Sexton era starting 2020
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #62905 4 months 5 days ago
I'd have taken a point before the game so can't be too disappointed.
Didn't see the ball for the first half and very lucky their win chucked the ball over the line when easier to score.
Some good performances in the pack and Griffen was our best back by a distance, some great tackles.

Don't think the ref was that bad, bit of a homer but most are, wasn't the difference between winning and losing as we were second best out there.
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goconn replied to the topic: #62904 4 months 5 days ago
A few absolutely terrible decisions from Mr. Davies. He is a really poor referee at this stage. Blade clearly over the ball and nailed on penalty. Same for Healy. Shocking one sidedness. All that said. I think we would admit to being poor. Uncompetitive at the breakdown.
N17 replied to the topic: #62903 4 months 5 days ago
Well done Connacht on getting the bonus point.

Edinburgh were always going to be up for that.

Carty and griffin were brilliant in defense.

Referee was infuriating
MulMan replied to the topic: #62902 4 months 5 days ago
Ultimately a losing bonus point isn't the worst result in the world. However, if we had managed to get a bit more ball in the first 50-60 minutes we could very well have got the win.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62901 4 months 5 days ago
Ian Davis is such a dick, I am not only upset I am livid

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Join the Clan at the Sportsground tomorrow at 5.15 when Connacht take on Zebre in the second round of the Pro14 season! Connacht failed to come away with any points against Zebre last season, so expect this to be a battle of a match! The Clan will be in the Clan Bar post game. Clan Membership packs should be available for collection pre-match and post Clan interview!!

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And we're BACKK!! The first Connacht match of the 2018/2019 season sees Connacht take on Glasgow at the Sportsgound at 3pm on Saturday.

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thehoneybadger replied to the topic: #62710 4 months 2 weeks ago
Anyone have to q outside ground for tickets before the game? There was a huge q at 5 past 3 - I'd say a lot of folks missed the first 20 - 30 minutes. I tried to buy tickets online at 3 and you couldn't as it just defaulted to the next home game (Zebre). Very bad optics.
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Newname replied to the topic: #62703 4 months 2 weeks ago
No he didn’t sit in it but on a chair beside it. He took the cheer and banter in great spirits for a guy that just got sin binned, had a smile when he saw the couch and heard the cheering.
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #62702 4 months 2 weeks ago
In fairness he gestured immediately to apologise for shaming the high chair
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #62701 4 months 2 weeks ago

mahick wrote: Sol- Biggest disappointment: The red chair wasn't used.

Oh yes it was.. When Glasgow binned there was a massive cheer as the red chair was occupied- so much so that the lads (team) were looking round to see what the noise was about:cheer:


I dont think you're correct there.

Originally when the Glasgow lad was sin binned, he sat on the Glasgow bench. The cheer occurred when he was forced to sit on one of the green plastic chairs that are there every season
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mahick replied to the topic: #62698 4 months 2 weeks ago
Sol- Biggest disappointment: The red chair wasn't used.

Oh yes it was.. When Glasgow binned there was a massive cheer as the red chair was occupied- so much so that the lads (team) were looking round to see what the noise was about:cheer:
clanman replied to the topic: #62695 4 months 2 weeks ago
whatever about losing Muldoon as a captain he was mister dependable positioning himself and catching the kick-offs, this was the biggest negative from the game as I don't think any of our forwards have the ability to do it.
MulMan replied to the topic: #62694 4 months 2 weeks ago
I thought at times Blade was tapping and going when it just wasn't on, that redding mistake really is a howler I'll be honest I didn't give it too much thought at the time, that sort of error just isn't good enough at this level, but agree we shouldn't have had ourselves in that position.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #62693 4 months 2 weeks ago
Wrong ref decision or no (and it certainly was wrong) we shouldn't have been in that position at the death.

Some amazing attacking go forward rugby, but some massive defensive gaps. Their first try was a giveaway. We were shown up in the scrum, but I think some of the penalty calls us in that setpiece were a bit harsh. Lineout functioned really well I think.

Jack had a really strong game, that cross field kick was a thing of beauty. Seemed to lose a bit of shape when Craig came on, but I think CR still had a good game from a field game point of view. His drop goal attempt didn't have the distance, and the following penalty was such a close thing.

Blade had a good game, Mitchell was decent when he came on - not perfect, could've done with some quicker ball. You'd have to think that if KM had been playing that might have given us that slight edge.

Seemed to be a lot of Glasgow lads offside in the ruck, but that's probably Connacht tinged glasses. Van De Merwe was very quick up on the restarts, probably got something to do with him being a good 5 meters ahead of the restart, but ehh.

Ultan looked like he was raring to go, great to see.

Butler had a good match, some decent breaks. Would've liked him to be talking to the ref a bit more about scrums and the offside, but what with it being a first competitive match for him as a nailed on Captain, I don't think anyone can find too much fault there.

Would've loved to have turned the screws when they were down to 14, but to be fair Glasgow really rallied when the card came out. Hogg was immense for them.

Massive positives: little enough in the way of unforced errors, decision making seemed to be ok (even though with 3 mins left on the clock I would've thought a kick to the corner rather than a long range penalty would've been the way to go), and there was no nerves there with the team.

Equally massive positive: burritos and burgers on the Clan side? Like I'm not enough of a lard arse.

Biggest disappointment: The red chair wasn't used.

A losing point against a near full strength Glasgow to open the season is no bad result. Hopefully a decent result against top of the table Zebre next week will be the start of a massively successful season.
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Shelflife replied to the topic: #62692 4 months 2 weeks ago

RoadRunnerR1 wrote: I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong on this but since Stuart Hogg clearly carried the ball over the line and touched down following Ronaldson's horrible attempt at a drop goal at the end of the game, then Connacht should have been awarded a 5m scrum rather than the 22 drop out given to Glasgow. The ref was right there and saw what had happened. Have the rules changed in this regard or were we just screwed again by a welsh official.


I think screwed is a bit harsh , yes an error in law was made and being honest it was a biggish error to make.

Id say the ref was expecting Hogg to wind the clock down 3 secs and then put it down, so id say he was watching the clock and missed the ball being taken over the line, it was a huge cock up from Hogg

What suprises me most is that no one on the Connacht team questioned it either on the pitch or off it.
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mahick replied to the topic: #62690 4 months 2 weeks ago
Right on about Stuart Hogg's action and the law. Apparently ref didn't spot, neither did tv coverage and none of the team argued point to ref (in the Main Stand we were roaring) so Hogg got away with it..
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RoadRunnerR1 replied to the topic: #62689 4 months 2 weeks ago
I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong on this but since Stuart Hogg clearly carried the ball over the line and touched down following Ronaldson's horrible attempt at a drop goal at the end of the game, then Connacht should have been awarded a 5m scrum rather than the 22 drop out given to Glasgow. The ref was right there and saw what had happened. Have the rules changed in this regard or were we just screwed again by a welsh official.
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62688 4 months 2 weeks ago

MulMan wrote: The performance was there at times but these were the sort of games that we were on the losing end of too much last season, against a very strong Glasgow outfit it was decent, they won the battle of the restarts which put us under lots of pressure in the first half, ultimately though Craig was really unlucky and if the post had swayed out a bit it would leave a vastly different feeling following are first comepetitve game of the Friend era.

Couldn't agree more. Came away from the game feeling really disappointed but there were a lot of positives to be taken out of it. Jack was superb.
MulMan replied to the topic: #62687 4 months 2 weeks ago
The performance was there at times but these were the sort of games that we were on the losing end of too much last season, against a very strong Glasgow outfit it was decent, they won the battle of the restarts which put us under lots of pressure in the first half, ultimately though Craig was really unlucky and if the post had swayed out a bit it would leave a vastly different feeling following are first comepetitve game of the Friend era.
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Rex replied to the topic: #62686 4 months 2 weeks ago
decent first half for the neutrals, don't think the defensive coaches will be too happy
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #62685 4 months 2 weeks ago
Not sure I'd want to bump into Dave Rennie in a dark alley, angry scarry looking man
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Rex replied to the topic: #62684 4 months 2 weeks ago
think it'll be a tight game, connacht to sneak it by 3 points. Excited to see how Godwin fares in his first competitive game,hoping for big things
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pinky replied to the topic: #62683 4 months 2 weeks ago

McNamara wrote: Bit off topic but is anyone still waiting on their season ticket? I have an eticket for tomorrow but it's a bit weird


I heard of a good few that didn't. A lot of family ticket holders only got the kids' tickets.
I was late getting mine last season but I thought they'd have it all sorted this time around.
McNamara replied to the topic: #62679 4 months 2 weeks ago
Bit off topic but is anyone still waiting on their season ticket? I have an eticket for tomorrow but it's a bit weird
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Tall Paul replied to the topic: #62678 4 months 2 weeks ago
I Have a ticket for the clan stand tomorrow.
If anyone would like to buy it?

I can meet you in the huntsman beforehand
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Craic Head replied to the topic: #62675 4 months 2 weeks ago

sligsup wrote:

Craic Head wrote:
Denis B
Dave H
Finlay B

Ultan
Gavin T

Eoin McK
Jared B (Capt)
Robin C

Bladey
Jack C

Healy
Tom F
Kyle G
Cian K
Tiernan O'H

Shane D
Conan the Barbarian
Conor C
James C
Paul B
James M
Craig R
Eoin G


I actually think Eoin G will be starting or not in the 23 match day squads, doesnt offer the versatility off the best Kelleher or Leader do hence why I think Niyi will start before kelleher.


Yep, Griff was a bit random and Niyi probably should have been in there as Craig can cover centre as well as fly half. Not a bad guess at the team though :-) nearly got a full house, Copeland and Thornbury must be injured.
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connachta replied to the topic: #62674 4 months 2 weeks ago
Very few rain expected (15%), little breeze (10 mph)
Should be a good game.
I'm just worried about this damned Hogg, who is probably the best FB in Europe...
ChrisY replied to the topic: #62671 4 months 2 weeks ago

MulMan wrote: Glasgow team is much stronger than I was expecting, thought some of the Scottish internationals would have been rested, my optimism from earlier in the week is declining as this is now a tougher task than originally forecasted. Still hopeful though and we've got a really strong side named too.

Paddy Power would seem to agree as Glasgows odds have tightened. That said Connacht is on a high after the Leinster win and a successful pre-season. They also have the advantage of having this team play together in pre-season so they should be comfortable together while this Glasgow team hasn't seen much of each other since the end of last season. Also home advantage is hugely important. So while you might be a bit deflated with what Glasgow are throwing at Connacht, there is every reason to hope that Connacht can overcome them. It certainly will lay down a marker for the season ahead. I tend to believe it will be a positive marker
MulMan replied to the topic: #62668 4 months 2 weeks ago
Glasgow team is much stronger than I was expecting, thought some of the Scottish internationals would have been rested, my optimism from earlier in the week is declining as this is now a tougher task than originally forecasted. Still hopeful though and we've got a really strong side named too.
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salmson replied to the topic: #62666 4 months 2 weeks ago
Connacht team: www.connachtrugby.ie/godwin-set-for-debu...heir-pro14-campaign/

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Paul Boyle, Jarrad Butler, Eoin McKeon.

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, James Mitchell, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.

9 academy graduates starting including 6 in the pack with two more on the bench. 6 starters are internationals, 2 more on the bench. First (competitive) start for Boyle & Godwin.

Glasgow team: Glasgow team on twitter

Pretty much fully loaded.
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salmson replied to the topic: #62662 4 months 2 weeks ago
Bit late. Murray Kinsella has already broadcast Copeland's status on Twitter.