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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby The Doc » April 29th, 2017, 8:17 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Bonus point try conceded after half an hour...dreadful.

Not great. Though I would prefer to avoid Scarlets for the semi tbh.

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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby johng » April 30th, 2017, 12:58 am

MSG. Tbe only pro12 teams to beat us this season.

Rather face Ospreys.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Ruckedtobits » April 30th, 2017, 8:05 am

TO'H had a very poor first half defensively. He looked like a guy trying to avoid bodily contact.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Peg Leg » April 30th, 2017, 9:18 am

Ruckedtobits wrote:TO'H had a very poor first half defensively. He looked like a guy trying to avoid bodily contact.

Looked like a wantaway to me
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Dave Cahill » May 11th, 2017, 12:14 pm

Connacht have appealed the length of Aki's suspension but the Pro12 have told them to do one
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » May 11th, 2017, 3:25 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:Connacht have appealed the length of Aki's suspension but the Pro12 have told them to do one


Twas a desparate move based on their recent poor form
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby John23 » May 19th, 2017, 5:35 pm

Looking the teams for tomorrow's playoff with the Saints, I fear the Westies are in for a tanning.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » May 20th, 2017, 1:00 pm

John23 wrote:Looking the teams for tomorrow's playoff with the Saints, I fear the Westies are in for a tanning.


not to mention recent form
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby FLIP » May 20th, 2017, 3:50 pm

It's coming down here in Northampton. Might be a leveller
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Made Of Ale » May 20th, 2017, 6:04 pm

So trips to Siberia rather than La Rochelle next year.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby lummix » May 21st, 2017, 7:58 am

That Fijian lad is a liability. Does a lot of headless running off by himself. I'm sure he's a great 7s player but doesn't seem to have it at this level.

Also Connacht should look at signing saili, they really need 2 explosive centres for the style they play. I think saili would excel there
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » May 21st, 2017, 8:15 am

lummix wrote:That Fijian lad is a liability. Does a lot of headless running off by himself. I'm sure he's a great 7s player but doesn't seem to have it at this level.

Also Connacht should look at signing saili, they really need 2 explosive centres for the style they play. I think saili would excel there


Next season they potentially have the odd situation of all their NIQs being peripheral squad members except Boshoff if he stays fit

Saili would be great for them though, presume they could afford him
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby theghost » May 21st, 2017, 10:23 am

disappointing end to Lams tenure at the helm but great progress being made in connacht. a pro 12 championship win would have been a dream a few years back and to think the irfu were lets say not too keen on connacht rugby back in the day.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby lummix » May 21st, 2017, 11:20 am

With the italian place in champions cup up for grabs, it makes sense for the IRFU to invest even more heavily in Connacht next season. They should seriously a up the ante of moving players of potential from other provinces there for gametime and fund a top quality import or 2. There is no reason Connacht can't at least make top 7 consistently from now on
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby hugonaut » May 21st, 2017, 11:28 am

theghost wrote:disappointing end to Lams tenure at the helm but great progress being made in connacht. a pro 12 championship win would have been a dream a few years back and to think the irfu were lets say not too keen on connacht rugby back in the day.


In the last season before Lam took over [2012-13], Connacht finished eighth in the league with eight wins and one draw. This year they finished eighth in the league with nine wins. There's a half-match difference, the difference between a win and a draw.

In 2012-13 they went 3/3 in the Heineken Cup [beating Zebre twice and Biarritz in Biarritz in the Sportsground, losing to the latter away and to Harlequins in both games]. This season they went 4/2 in a p*ss-easy group – Zebre finished 12th in the Pro12, Toulouse finished 12th in the Top14 – from which they failed to qualify. Then they found themselves in an away game in the first round of play-offs and lost that one too, ensuring they won't be in the Champions Cup next season.

Winning the league was an incredible accomplishment, and won't be forgotten any time soon in Connacht. But for everyone else, it was last season and we've all moved on. I think it's difficult to argue against the proposition that they've spent this season squandering most of the progress they made under Lam in the previous two seasons.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby leinsterforever » May 21st, 2017, 5:15 pm

hugonaut wrote:
theghost wrote:disappointing end to Lams tenure at the helm but great progress being made in connacht. a pro 12 championship win would have been a dream a few years back and to think the irfu were lets say not too keen on connacht rugby back in the day.


In the last season before Lam took over [2012-13], Connacht finished eighth in the league with eight wins and one draw. This year they finished eighth in the league with nine wins. There's a half-match difference, the difference between a win and a draw.

In 2012-13 they went 3/3 in the Heineken Cup [beating Zebre twice and Biarritz in Biarritz in the Sportsground, losing to the latter away and to Harlequins in both games]. This season they went 4/2 in a p*ss-easy group – Zebre finished 12th in the Pro12, Toulouse finished 12th in the Top14 – from which they failed to qualify. Then they found themselves in an away game in the first round of play-offs and lost that one too, ensuring they won't be in the Champions Cup next season.

Winning the league was an incredible accomplishment, and won't be forgotten any time soon in Connacht. But for everyone else, it was last season and we've all moved on. I think it's difficult to argue against the proposition that they've spent this season squandering most of the progress they made under Lam in the previous two seasons.


Seems to me that it was really Andre Bell who was responsible for their great play last season. Not to take anything away from Lam. He was the head man with the vision. But Bell brought the coaching expertise
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » May 21st, 2017, 5:29 pm

Peter McCabe is joining Connacht apparently and a scrumhalf from Sale Sharks called James Mitchell who I'm assuming is IQ. Is McCabe a LH or TH? Wonder what this means for the Coulson deal?
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby leinsterforever » May 21st, 2017, 5:32 pm

lummix wrote:That Fijian lad is a liability. Does a lot of headless running off by himself. I'm sure he's a great 7s player but doesn't seem to have it at this level.

Also Connacht should look at signing saili, they really need 2 explosive centres for the style they play. I think saili would excel there


I think Ronaldson at 12 is crucial to the way they've played. Remains to be seen as well whether Keane will favour a ball-playing 12 (which would push Aki to 13) or a truck it up merchant.

Tom Farrell looks good. He seems to be able to manufacture quite a lot of line-breaks
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby leinsterforever » May 21st, 2017, 5:34 pm

sunshiner1 wrote:Peter McCabe is joining Connacht apparently and a scrumhalf from Sale Sharks called James Mitchell who I'm assuming is IQ. Is McCabe a LH or TH? Wonder what this means for the Coulson deal?


Loosehead. Think he had a loan spell with Connacht briefly, so they must have liked what they saw
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby scentofgunpowder » May 21st, 2017, 5:40 pm

leinsterforever wrote:
lummix wrote:That Fijian lad is a liability. Does a lot of headless running off by himself. I'm sure he's a great 7s player but doesn't seem to have it at this level.

Also Connacht should look at signing saili, they really need 2 explosive centres for the style they play. I think saili would excel there


I think Ronaldson at 12 is crucial to the way they've played. Remains to be seen as well whether Keane will favour a ball-playing 12 (which would push Aki to 13) or a truck it up merchant.

Tom Farrell looks good. He seems to be able to manufacture quite a lot of line-breaks


What was the verdict on Farrell when he was at Leinster? To me, he's very good with ball in hand but struggles in defence.
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