Connacht can bounce back from rout - McCartney
Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30
Connacht's Tom McCartney says the Guinness Pro12 champions won't dwell too long on the opening day hammering they suffered at the hands of Glasgow Warriors.
The New Zealander refused to blame the westerners' truncated pre-season schedule for their poor display in the 41-5 loss but said the squad would calmly review the defeat and channel the hurt into a performance against Ospreys at the Sportsground this Saturday.
McCartney, who turns 31 today, echoed his coach Pat Lam's opinion that the performance was down to small lapses rather than an overall regression.
And, after losing just once in Galway during last season's league winning campaign, the hooker is determined to right the wrong.
"We have had a really good record at the Sportsground," he said. "We want to keep that record really strong.
"We hate losing at the Sportsground, no two ways about it. But it's done now and we have got to pick ourselves up and focus on putting in a good performance against Ospreys.
"I have been around rugby long enough now to know you take the learnings you can and move on and build towards Ospreys.
"We have an opportunity to come in here and put a performance we can be proud of on the field and that is what we have got to work towards.
"We back ourselves and we have had a slip up. We have got to get back on the horse.
"There is no good going away crying about it. There was a lot of opportunities we created through our game plan.
"If we executed a bit better and were possibly a bit more patient, we coughed up the ball way too easy... That is nothing to do with game plans. If we sort that out then we are creating opportunities."