Saturday 22 July 2017

Carty happy to be man for all seasons

Jack Carty. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jack Carty. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Jack Carty says Connacht will be going all out for a fourth win on the bounce when they welcome Zebre to the Sportsground tonight.

Carty has had a busy season in the No 10 shirt, and in recent months he has started to find peak form as some of the more experienced players in the squad has returned to the squad after a series of injury worries.

Player of the month for December, when he famously landed the winning conversions to beat Wasps in the Champions Cup, Carty has had to shoulder the majority of appearances in the starter's shirt this season.

Amazingly he has started 20 of the province's 21 games this campaign and he thinks a win against Zebre tonight will be huge for confidence in the squad.

"We set a goal at the start of this block that we wanted to get four wins so it's going to be a big game this weekend and we need a big crowd to get out and give us some good support," said Carty.

And with a few familiar faces back in the fold, Carty expects the competition for place to drive standards at the province in the coming weeks.

It was expected that one of this season's new signings, Marnitz Boshoff, would challenge Carty for the starter's No 10 shirt, but the South African's Connacht career was put on hold due to a shoulder injury in just his second appearance.

"We've a lot of fellas coming back from injury. It's good to have Bundee back (Aki). Himself and Tom Farrell ran well together. We have John Cooney back training and playing well so it's all positive," he said..

"I'm enjoying playing week in week out. There is a lot competition there at moments and with Marnitz coming back in the next couple of weeks I'll just have to keep playing to the best of my ability."

Irish Independent

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