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3 weeks 2 days ago #66891

Dillane returns to Connacht side as Champions Cup journey begins against Montpellier

(15-9): Darragh Leader, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade (1-8 ): Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Cillian Gallagher, Ultan Dillane, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (C), Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny, Eoghan Masterson, Robin Copeland, Stephen Kerins, Tom Daly, John Porch

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3 weeks 2 days ago #66892

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Join the Connacht Clan this Sunday for top flight European Rugby when Connacht take on Montpellier! Join us in the Clan Bar for the usual post-match interview! All are welcome!


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3 weeks 2 days ago #66893

Great to see Ultan back. Strong team out, as best as could be expected. Looking forward to being back in European rugby!


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3 weeks 2 days ago #66897

No Farell, Robb, O'Halloran, Marmion, Roux, Bealham, PaddyMc, SOB, Gav, that's a bunch of our big physical players... :(

Names side is strong in parts, but feel the pack will be bashed around the place and we won't get the platform for our backs to shine. We'll need to be absolutely on the money in every facet, otherwise we could face long periods without the ball and going backwards...

Ultan's great in certain types of games (if we've got go forward) but he's not a brutish enforcer in Quinn mode. We really don't have proper backup for Quinn, to deal with these types of teams in depths of winter. Backrow the same, with a front five platform they are excellent but they are not the biggest of men any of them. At least Copeland is on the bench to offer some heft in 2nd Row, don't want to see Boyler anywhere near there this week....

Weather gods are shining on us anyway so far, forecast is for light rain Saturday and dry and bright Sunday, with a fresh northerly breeze so it's be fairly blowy and bitterly cold. Hopefully that means load of handling issues for the oppo and turnovers for us.


Will be interesting to see who MHRC name, doubt they'l have any of their Saffer RWC stars but still huge depth......

overstrander wrote: Dillane returns to Connacht side as Champions Cup journey begins against Montpellier

(15-9): Darragh Leader, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade (1-8 ): Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Cillian Gallagher, Ultan Dillane, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (C), Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny, Eoghan Masterson, Robin Copeland, Stephen Kerins, Tom Daly, John Porch


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3 weeks 14 hours ago #66901

What Connacht Rugby is about :

1) McAlister
3) Bealham
4) Roux
5) Thornbury
6) SOB
7) McKeon
8 ) Butler
9) Marmion
11) Healy (S.Fitz)
12) Robb
13 Farrell
14) Niyi
15) TOH
I'd even add Gallagher who went off after 6 minutes


That's 11-12 players who could have had started the game + 2 or 3 who would have had their spots on the bench


We had none.
We couldn't win
We won

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3 weeks 12 hours ago #66902



Without doubt, todays game will go down as one of the best Connacht Rugby victories of all time.

Also, as a Dublin based Connacht Rugby supporter, I felt that the 1pm Sunday luchtime kick off was perfect for me, I could make a day trip by bus (Always GoBus)

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2 weeks 6 days ago #66906

Still trying to process that.

I’ll admit, I was worried when the news came out that the three lads were out. Even more worried after their first try.

But some effort was put in. Fantastic game, amazing result, very proud today.


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2 weeks 6 days ago #66907

Sol_ie wrote: Still trying to process that.

I’ll admit, I was worried when the news came out that the three lads were out. Even more worried after their first try.

But some effort was put in. Fantastic game, amazing result, very proud today.


You can say that again! :P :P :P

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2 weeks 6 days ago #66908

I'll be honest in the first 15-20 mins I thought we'd lose 30 points or more to 3, we were getting destroyed at the ruck and our defense was non existent when play broke up (and it was mainly self inflicted broken play). Credit to the team they turned it around massively, at times they seemed somewhat brittle, what with the multiple passes into touch, and I thought maybe the leinster loss and the size of montpellier was playing on their minds. But they found a way to win and really pushed montpellier into their shells for most of the second quarter and the whole of the second half with the brief exception of the montpellier try. Main question now is whether we can get enough guys fit to remain competitive. Any news on Carty, did he pick up a knock or was it just an off day from the tee?

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2 weeks 5 days ago #66913

Looked like Jack had a small limp for a good chunk of the game. Seemed as if he was trying to run it off, but just didn't go right for him.

Didn't look like anything that might rule him out for next week (fingers and toes crossed).


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