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Join the Connacht Clan as Connacht take on last years Pro14 finalist Scarlets in the Sportsground. It's sure to be a bruising encounter in the ongoing Month of Champions!

Dont forget to join us in the Clan Bar for the usual post-Match interview. If you want to join the Clan, or collect your membership pack, make your way to the Clan Bar before the game, or after the interview! See ye there!

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FACECUTTR replied the topic: #63061 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63060 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63055 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63050 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63049 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63042 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63041 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63038 1 year 2 months 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?
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Connnnnacht replied the topic: #63037 1 year 2 months 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?
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Bazzo replied the topic: #63036 1 year 2 months 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.
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ChrisY replied the topic: #63035 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63034 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63033 1 year 2 months 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.
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ChrisY replied the topic: #63032 1 year 2 months ago
There is a significant difference between carty today and carty yesterday. Fine player this weather
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connachta replied the topic: #63031 1 year 2 months 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.
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ChrisY replied the topic: #63030 1 year 2 months 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
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ChrisY replied the topic: #63028 1 year 2 months ago
Deliberate knock on. Yellow card every day
No wonder referees would wreck your head
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pinky replied the topic: #63027 1 year 2 months 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.
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MulMan replied the topic: #63026 1 year 2 months 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
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Bazzo replied the topic: #63025 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63024 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63023 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63022 1 year 2 months 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 the topic: #63021 1 year 2 months 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 ?
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ChrisY replied the topic: #63020 1 year 2 months 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
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