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9 years 2 weeks ago #562

So what do we know about this year's Edinburgh squad?  I don't know a whole lot, to be honest.

Also, is this match scheduled to be televised?

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9 years 2 weeks ago #563

Nothing to fear on paper with their internationals away, but they gave a decent Ospreys team a good run at the weekend. Roddy Grant and David Denton are good players in the back row, and Visser is the stand out name in the backline, and Laidlaw as well. If we can cut off the supply to Visser we'd be well on our way.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #564

It will be a difficult ask in Edinburgh, Cardiff Blues got a bonus point win last week, but with it being the first game of the season you can't take anything from that result. They took it to the Ospreys this weekend, so it won't be a walk in the park.
Good luck boys keep up the good work, let's try for a hat trick of wins to start the season.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #566

Match is not on TV but GBFM will be over there for full live commentary from Rob and Joe.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #568

Don't forget the excellent updates provided by Connacht on their Facebook page.  :)

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9 years 2 weeks ago #598

It would certainly lay a marker down to put two in the win column from two away from home. Big ask but on the efforts so far not beyond this Connacht squad.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #599

Definitely not beyond them. The should be looking to get a win here, as Edinburgh are low on playing resources with the world cup on.


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9 years 2 weeks ago #600

Really hard to gauge Edinburgh after one poor loss at home to Blues and then a very competitive performance away at Ospreys.

This league is the hardest in Europe in which to win away, and our away form is historically abysmal. But this really is a "New Connacht". A poor-ish performance of our own wasn't enough to stop us getting the win against Scarlets, we've already won away this year against a usually fierce Treviso.

A better all round performance is needed, but if Edinburgh play as they did at the weekend then an LBP will probably be about as good a result as we can expect. But as we saw against Scarlets, with some self belief and a take-no-poop attitude when falling behind we can get ourselves within a score and then it's anybodies game.


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9 years 2 weeks ago #602

I wouldn't bet against BBC Alba picking up one of the fixtures that weekend, there's no scheduled coverage of Leinster v Warriors from the RDS either currently..

www.rabodirectpro12.com/matchcentre/fixtures_list.php

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9 years 2 weeks ago #604

We have a terrible record in Edinburgh, but if we stick to plan of letting Henry, George and Rodney run with the ball, we could be ok.
Just dont let George kick it  :'(


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9 years 2 weeks ago #605

George can do what he wants!


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9 years 2 weeks ago #606

We have a terrible record in Edinburgh, but if we stick to plan of letting Henry, George and Rodney run with the ball, we could be ok.
Just dont let George kick it  :'(


I'd add Tiernan to the list of runners - he looked good every time he got the ball on Saturday IMO.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #609

I'd add Tiernan to the list of runners - he looked good every time he got the ball on Saturday IMO.


Ahhh, finally found the quote button.
I'd list O'Halloran as a different style of runner. One more likely to do immediate damage. The big lads look to run into tackles, and take in extra defenders, all while maintaining possession, and hopefully providing us with extra men out wide.
O'Halloran looks very fast, and comfortable. He's trying to break the line, and head for empty space.
He really has impressed me this season. Doesn't look out of his depth at all


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9 years 2 weeks ago #610

I'd have to agree, O'Halloran has looked extremely comfortable in the opening two games, looks to have bulked up a bit as well. I always though he looked a bit light up until now. I know it's early but I think the signs are good for him for the season ahead.
I like the look of McCrea as well, took a nice line to receive the ball from Henry on sat and looked eager to get his hands on the ball.
I know we lost some big guys last season but the new boys seem to have settled in well with the other lads and there seems to be a good attitute about the place.
This weekend could be very interesting coming up against Bradley, I dont know how much of an insight he will have in to the way we will play since there have been so many changes since he left.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #611

I like the look of McCrea as well, took a nice line to receive the ball from Henry on sat and looked eager to get his hands on the ball.
I know we lost some big guys last season but the new boys seem to have settled in well with the other lads and there seems to be a good attitute about the place.


Couldn't agree more - I actually forgot to mention McCrea, but he impressed me also. My main concern at the moment is at 10 - I thought Jarvis was ok with ball in hand, but his kicking out of hand and place kicking looked poor. His restarts were far too low also, giving our lads no chance to compete.

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9 years 2 weeks ago #612

I knew very little of Mark McCrea when he signed, but from talking to people with more knowledge than me, it seems he was very highly thought of in Ulster, until he got a few injuries, and fell back in the pecking order.
Hopefully he can stay injury free, and his form keeps improving.


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