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Join the Connacht Clan in Murty Rabbitts this Saturday, when Connacht take on Leinster in the first of the Christmas inter-pros! Kick off is 745 and it's sure to be a cracking evening in Murtys!

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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #64274 3 weeks 6 days ago
Have to agree with everyone else on here, that was heartbreaking.

Can't blame Clancy, even tho there was a few bits he missed (I thought there should have been a card for the tip tackle, can't see how the last try was grounded). Leinster really put in the hard yards at the end in fairness.

That said: massive positives. Really good running rugby in phases, backs were immense.

Special mention for Jack, holy hell he was up for that. His chip ahead try was spectacular (never mind that he spilled it forward).

Two points in the RDS? I'll take that. Now, onto two wins in the SG.
Wegians89 replied to the topic: #64273 4 weeks 3 hours ago
What a heart breaking game. Sickened. I don’t want this to sound like an excuse but I see a lot of places saying that it was Connachts strongest team playing. I know I’m modern rugby there’s always injuries but I feel there was at least five players who would have started if fit/ not rested. Those are roux, sob, marmion, Healy and toh. Not to mention the strength of what the bench could have been if Carey, thornbury, faingaa, blade Horwitz etc. I think this is a real positive of how there is a real strength in depth developing.
Aidanmc3 replied to the topic: #64272 4 weeks 3 hours ago
Unfortunately Glasgow game was the same - well up and a man up too late on.....

Absolutely sick still
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64271 4 weeks 6 hours ago
Morning after and this hurts even more. Played some brilliant stuff but ultimately the lack of any depth on the bench came back to bite us when we started to flag.

We still should have had enough but some poor decision making late on gave leinster the momentum.

One big area we need to sort out is our maul defence. Conceding way too many tries in that regard.

In a few days might see more positives but for now it's still very raw can't imagine how the players feel.

Positive is that 6 of the last 10 are at home. We haven't much room for error now if we want top 3 in our conference.

I hope we aren't left ruing the ospreys and Leinster games at the end of the season.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #64270 4 weeks 17 hours ago
Just watching it now and George Clancy makes a freak show of the scrum. Dooley had his ass facing the touch line for most of the scrums but driving straight was never mentioned by George (not on his mind tonight, early engagement was his priority though only he knew what he actually meant by that) until Byrne replaced Dooley. When Delahunt came on he warned him that if he moved left of the mark he'd whistle free kick against Connacht but Delahunt had to correct him that it would be most likely he'd end up to the right of the mark. Still he chatters on about not going left on that and the next scrum. Bizarre. Don't think any TMO could have confirmed the grounding of Porter's try but ultimately Connacht only have themselves to blame. 2 kicks which should have found touch in the last 10 mins could have slowed the momentum and allowed Connacht to find some control. 2 wins vs Ulster and Munster are now a must.
johnk replied to the topic: #64269 4 weeks 17 hours ago
Horrible defeat but afik we're the only team to come away from Dublin with points so far this season. Need a big response now against ulst & munst .
MulMan replied to the topic: #64268 4 weeks 19 hours ago
It really was a sickening defeat, I don't think I've ever felt so raging about a result, and there's nothing to blame only ourselves, the bench really did not make any sort of impact, very tough pill to swallow
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #64267 4 weeks 19 hours ago
Lucky ye weren't there lads. Most sickening defeat I've been at as a Connacht fan.
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #64266 4 weeks 19 hours ago
Ouch......ouch.
We dominated them in midfield but we were being burned out wide. For their third, or was it fourth, try we needed to get that ball off the park when kelleher had the chance.

Real missed chance..... sickened, may have ruined my Christmas :(
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #64265 4 weeks 19 hours ago
And it's deja but all over again but this time they are attacking our line and get the try to win. Seem
Seems like we fell asleep. Have to question why we didn't use all the subs if we were tiring that badly (again like last year).
Take the positives to the Ulster game next week and win.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #64264 4 weeks 20 hours ago
Tonight's game is going to eclipse 2002. 3 tries by half time. Unless we beat ourselves, I don't see this Leinster team having the ability to reverse this score. Cmon Connacht
Aidanmc3 replied to the topic: #64263 4 weeks 20 hours ago
Some chance this!!!!!
damiengmullen replied to the topic: #64262 4 weeks 1 day ago
I have a spare ticket for this Saturdays Guinness Pro14 fixture between Leinster and Connacht
The ticket is for the North Stand of the RDS

Value €40. Now Selling for €30

You can collect the ticket off me outside the The Bridge Bar in Ballsbridge on the day of the game. I'll be there from 6pm.
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #64261 4 weeks 1 day ago
Leinster's team still looks strong. Fardy is the glue that holds the team together when the big names are missing and lads like Ruddock have huge experience. Leavy is a class apart for me. Even with the inexperience in certain areas the team Leinster have out is strong and playing with confidence. Having seen how well some of these Leinster lads played v Ospreys & Dragons they are well able for this level. O'Brien at 12 in particular has hugely impressed me.

Having said that we are on a decent run and that's a strong side we've out. Bundee could be a trump card off the bench if we are still in contention. We've mixed and matched fairly well in Europe so hopefully that should stand us in good stead in the interpros. Matt Healy is a loss for me though. Leader has done fine in recent weeks but this is a step up.

If I was offered a losing bonus I'd probably take it at this stage but we've been on the end of a few near misses in the RDS. It'd be great to end that run. Mark McHugh's winning drop goal at Donnybrook is an awful long time ago. If we are in contention late on hopefully the experience we have on the park can get us over the line.
Mayoman replied to the topic: #64257 4 weeks 2 days ago
This is pretty much our strongest team. Would prefer if we held our fire for Ulster and Munster. Anyhow we might win this one :) . Gents see you post match for a beer in the Bridge.
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pinky replied to the topic: #64256 4 weeks 2 days ago
(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Darragh Leader, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, [1-8] Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury, Jarrad Butler (Capt), Colby Fainga’a, Paul Boyle.
Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson McCoy, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, James Mitchell, David Horwitz, Bundee Aki.

www.connachtrugby.ie/dillane-bealham-and...-travel-to-leinster/

15: Hugo Keenan (4)
14: Adam Byrne (44)
13: Rory O’Loughlin (50)
12: Conor O’Brien (7)
11: Dave Kearney (127)
10: Ross Byrne (59)
9: Jamison Gibson-Park (61)
1: Peter Dooley (54)
2: Bryan Byrne (32)
3: Michael Bent (112)
4: Mick Kearney (42)
5: Scott Fardy (31)
6: Rhys Ruddock (151) CAPTAIN
7: Dan Leavy (60)
8: Caelan Doris (6)

16: Seán Cronin (162)
17: Ed Byrne (32)
18: Andrew Porter (41)
19: Ross Molony (73)
20: Max Deegan (29)
21: Hugh O’Sullivan (4)
22: Ciarán Frawley (6)
23: Noel Reid (108)

www.leinsterrugby.ie/preview/cullen-name...sh/?FixGuid=18LC5663

Reading through the Leinster team, I was feeling quite confident until I got to 5-6-7...
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connachta replied to the topic: #64247 1 month 1 hour ago

Betty Swallocks wrote: You keep forgetting Boyle Connachta!


As I said before, not good enough :D

No I'm kidding, that's right I forget about him all the time, he imposed himself as a regular starter so so fast it's just amazing!
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Mark Mostyn replied to the topic: #64243 1 month 4 hours ago

connachta wrote: Our SOB not theirs...
Copeland looks fit though
Butler/Copeland/Fainga'a + Masterson and Connolly, I'm not worried yet


Yes, I meant more so from his point of view as he’s had a great season and would have had a chance to impress Andy Farrell in the Interpros. We have the depth to manage.
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #64241 1 month 6 hours ago
You keep forgetting Boyle Connachta!
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connachta replied to the topic: #64239 1 month 8 hours ago
Our SOB not theirs...
Copeland looks fit though
Butler/Copeland/Fainga'a + Masterson and Connolly, I'm not worried yet
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Mark Mostyn replied to the topic: #64237 1 month 18 hours ago
SOB is injured, awful timing.
DrFreako replied to the topic: #64235 1 month 18 hours ago
Just to point out full game is being shown on TG4 but delayed to 10pm kick off
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connachta replied to the topic: #64227 1 month 1 day ago
We don't need to. Except our wingers no one has been overplayed
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Podge57 replied to the topic: #64226 1 month 1 day ago
any chance we send 2nd string and focus on home interpros?
Betty Swallocks replied to the topic: #64213 1 month 2 days ago
I would expect Bundee to start in the RDS alongside Tom Farrell. I would then expect to see Kyle Godwin replace Bundee for the Ulster game and finally for Bundee and Kyle to face Munster.

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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 1 month 1 week 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 1 month 1 week 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.
damiengmullen replied to the topic: #64101 1 month 1 week ago
MulMan replied to the topic: #64098 1 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week 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 month 1 week ago
Fitz was excellent away to Sale.
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DeadStraightStare replied to the topic: #64083 1 month 1 week ago
Looking forward to seeing Conor Fitzgerald get more game time too.
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FACECUTTR replied to the topic: #64082 1 month 1 week 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 month 2 weeks 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 month 2 weeks 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 month 2 weeks 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:

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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 month 2 weeks 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 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 2 weeks ago
Amazing to have held that. Big Champions Cup for next season is achievable now :D
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #64014 1 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 2 weeks ago
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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 1 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 3 weeks 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 1 month 3 weeks ago
Nice rotation to keep the lads fresh. Expecting a big performance form Copeland.

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