Ospreys Preview

Connacht face Ospreys away this weekend in what will surely be the greatest test of the squad this season. Although our injury worries are nothing compared to the likes of Leinster or Ulster, and we do not have as many players away on international duties as others, yet it would seem that our squad depth, at least for a game of this level, is almost at its limit. The only good news is that the Ospreys are possibly worse off. Continue reading

Quarterly Review part two

Ulster

Though I may live to regret this statement, there’s seemingly never been a better time to face Ulster either at home or away. The summer brought unheralded transition and upheaval as we all know, but the new season has brought injuries in key areas. At second row Ulster are now, at least while O’Connor serves his ban, probably even worse off than Connacht. Cave appears to be either out of favour or brushed aside as a result of Payne’s pursuit of a green jersey, and there is endless speculation about the two on the Ulster fan forum. Meanwhile, Trimble and Luke Marshall are recently injured, adding to the list of key players out of commission including Henderson, Tuohy and Pienaar. Continue reading

A quarterly review

Winning ugly

Connacht’s performance against Treviso at the weekend made for difficult watching at times, and not solely because of the dodgy Italian stream that we were forced to depend upon. However we came away with the right result and going into the European break Connacht remain in the right half of the table. The game against Treviso represented the quarter mark of the league campaign, so it was important that Connacht come away with the right results from what can be a difficult trip abroad. Both Lam and Muldoon have placed an emphasis on performing from the start of the season to build up points and lay the groundwork for a sixth place finish. Continue reading

A draw is as good as a loss?

The weekend’s result has left a sour taste for most Connacht fans and of course I’m no different. A draw was not the result we wanted or seemingly deserved after a rampaging start to the second half. Much of the post-mortem focus has been on the decision to go down the line for a penalty instead of kicking the points. This was not Heffernan’s best performance from the sideline, no one can deny that, but it seems revisionist to me to suggest that the lineout was the wrong move. Continue reading