2015-16 expectations and predictions

The pro12 is back in action, and because of the world cup I’m not likely to see much of it (or at least the games featuring Connacht) for several weeks. Good to see that efforts are being made to maintain and improve the league’s credibility and popularity. In lieu of a Connacht-Dragons match review, here are some thoughts about how the league is shaping up: Continue reading

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Glasgow postmortem

The game against Glasgow was as frustrating a performance as Connacht have put in all season. For the first twenty minutes Connacht absolutely dominated Glasgow in the scrum and lineout. While the best early occasion for points was needlessly wasted, it still seemed as if it was only a matter of time before Connacht started crossing the whitewash and putting away the league leaders. For all their undoubted qualities Glasgow were missing a few players and had lost ten away games in a row. Although they are still riding high and are basically everyone’s second team, this is not a vintage unit – there was every reason to believe that Connacht were capable of a win.

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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