Tuesday 25 July 2017

Carolan's boys desperate to break their B&I Cup duck

The Eagles lost their opener 34-10 at home to the newly-formed Dragons Premiership Select in the Sportsground (Stock image)
The Eagles lost their opener 34-10 at home to the newly-formed Dragons Premiership Select in the Sportsground (Stock image)

Daragh Small

Connacht Eagles will look to get their first win of the B&I Cup campaign tomorrow when they host Pool 5 leaders Doncaster Knights at the Sportsground (1.0).

Nigel Carolan's side are yet to register a point and with their English Championship counterparts on 16 points, with three wins and one draw, Connacht are massive underdogs this weekend.

The only time Doncaster slipped up in this campaign was on the opening day of the competition, when a brave second-half comeback earned Jersey a 22-22 draw.

Hammered

They hammered the Eagles 22-5 at Castle Park in November. Stephen McVeigh bagged the Connacht effort, but two tries from Paul Jarvis, and one Tyson Lewis and Glen Young sealed it for the hosts on that occasion.

The Eagles lost their opener 34-10 at home to the newly-formed Dragons Premiership Select in the Sportsground.

And after their defeat at Doncaster, they were hammered 40-10 and 52-12 in their back-to-back fixtures against Jersey.

Doncaster are second in the English Premiership, seven points behind Bristol in the standings with nine wins from their 13 games. And prior to a 17-17 draw with Jersey domestically, they had won six games in a row in both competitions.

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