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1 month 1 day ago #67764

A huge opportunity for the team to make another grand statement against Munster this weekend following the excellent performance and result against Ulster last weekend.
With Quinn Roux declaring himself fit in the Indo today, I may be wrong but I make it only Thornbury, SOB, Buckley, and Stephen Fitzgerald who are out injured? With Andy F declaring there'll be an entirely new starting XV, perhaps the team might look like this.

15 TOH, 14 T Daly, 13 Arnold, 12 Robb, 11 Healy, 10 C Fitz, 9 Blade,
1 McAllister, 2 Delahunt, 3 Robertson-McCoy, 4 Roux, 5 Murray, 6 Dowling, 7 Oliver, 8 Papali'i.

16 Heffernan, 17 Duggan, 18 Aungier/Bealham, 19 Dillane/Gallagher, 20 Butler, 21 Marmion, 22 Carty, 23 Aki.

I think all of our likely call ups to the national squad not starting (Heffernan, Bealham, Dillane, Marmion, Carty, and Aki) will be named on the bench for this game in order to give them match practice.

That's a decent side!

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1 month 1 day ago #67765

Last week the injured list was Dowling, Fitzgerald, and Healy. So may see deBuitlear at 11 and SOB at 6.

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1 month 1 day ago #67766

Healy and Dowling were supposed to be back end of this month, we may see them :)
SOB early September, less likely, even if he is training!

I'm expecting a lot from Gallagher (our Gallagher ;) ) !

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1 month 7 hours ago #67768

Not sure how Tiernan will get on at loose head ...


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1 month 7 hours ago #67769

Heaviest pack in years for Connacht!




If Tom Daly + Colm De Buitlear step up hugely, this should be a hell of a game

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1 month 6 hours ago #67770

Midfield battle between De Allende/Farrell/Scannell V revved up Arnold /Daly and with the absolute tank Peter Robb off the bench is absolutely JUUUUICY..

Would laugh my backside off if DeAllande gets a knock. Don't wish the man ill, but like Munster play the poor mouth (they're the Welsh of Irish Rugby, moaning away even after the IRFU 100% bailed them out of Thomond Park financial disaster), and get two World Champion's while we're left to scavenge around for castoffs and 2nd Tier players...

connachta wrote: Heaviest pack in years for Connacht!

If Tom Daly + Colm De Buitlear step up hugely, this should be a hell of a game

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1 month 5 hours ago #67771

 
And we are back for the second...

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And we are back for the second game of the re-started Pro14 season! Connacht take on Munster in the Aviva this Sunday at 3.00 p.m. The Match is live on Eir Sport, and in Clan HQ Murty Rabbitts! Pre-booking is essential!!

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1 month 5 hours ago #67772

Looking forward to this. Obviously it's a change from last weeks 23, but can totally see the merits in getting lads game time for the brief window that we can. Looking forward to having a proper cut at munster - some lads there that will be itching to put their hands up.

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1 month 3 hours ago #67773

Munster close to full strength, Connacht rotating ...


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4 weeks 1 day ago #67775

Well that was a strange game.
Second red card is stupidity of the highest order, throwing your team mates under the bus. Delahunt looked disappointed in himself and so he should be.

Abraham's.......harsh for me, didn't ever see contact with the head. Initial contact is his chest to Murray's shoulder, the impact rocks Murray's head back purely from the force. Didn't see any follow through with shoulder/arm to head, but as Andy said: go that high and you could be in strife.

Thought he was excellent for the few minutes he was on mind, big strip when defending and not many lads mince stander in contact like he did. Get the tackle height down and we could have a real weapon there.

Aside from that: Oliver and the pack in general showed up well, bundee certainly had his Wheaties this morning and thought blade and Arnold put in good shift.

Tough to judge much on that performance though.

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4 weeks 19 hours ago #67776

Crazy game.

2 red cards were unfortunately merited I think. New 8 has great potential.

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4 weeks 10 hours ago #67777

They showed another angle of the first red at half time - straight red for me with no complaints. Obviously the second was merited,can't see much disagreement there. Thought that late hit on Blade deserved a yellow, and thought the first yellow they got could've come a few minutes sooner but equally no issues that weren't of our own making.

Obviously this was a game where there a huge power mismatch. A first choice Munster team against a fully rotated Connacht side was always going to go a certain way - and when we reduce ourselves down to 13 it gets much harder. That said, leaving our terrible discipline aside, the lads played very well given what they were up against. Oddly, both Delahunt and Papali'i were having stormers until they were shown off. Blade and Fitzgerald didn't have much of a chance to shine, but seemed solid.

Bundee was on a rampage, obviously. He's nailed on to start the Ireland games, has to be. He was everywhere.

Tiernan didn't look too pleased to be taken off early, but looks like he had gotten a knock and they were being safe?

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4 weeks 8 hours ago #67778

Whatever about the disappointment of the red cards and indiscipline displayed yesterday, that can happen and overexuberance played a part.

On looking at this thread, I am disgusted at this comment by a regular contributor.


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Would laugh my backside off if DeAllande gets a knock. Don't wish the man ill, ..



Also that it remained unchallenged...Pure asshole behaviour and something that certainly does not represent the view of any right thinking sports supporter.

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4 weeks 7 hours ago #67779

Relax Buccsbill. He was only messing. This isn't twitter, you don't have to get outraged over nothing and condemn everyone for not being as woke as you.

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3 weeks 6 days ago #67783

DeAllende is a decent player, not a superstar but a good player in a good South African side.Their strength is across the park rather than having a few scintillating players..

My point was that I wanted our lads to take some chunks out of him, to show that there's plenty of good enough Centre lining up for opportunities in the Irish system already (there are loads). They didn't need to import a big physical ball carrying centre on huge money, especially on a NIQ.

If we had managed to keep all our players on the park, would have been a fascinating battle (and even more so with new improved Bundee on the bench)...

Disappointed for Pap's, and really disappointed in Shane, the first was over enthusiasm rather than recklessness, you could see how keen he was for action. No excuse for the crazy high fend by Shanem, particularly after a red card a few minutes earlier.

The lads did well to get a couple of tries on the board, and keep the scoreline down below fifty...

Not going to say much about Frank, would just be happier to not see him ref us for a long while. He has issues reffing us, and I think he can ref far better than he shown in last two games...

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