Friday 9 December 2016

Eagles hoping to take flight in London

Ciarán McGreal

Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30

Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler says his team will have to fight against the odds once again this weekend when they clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in the B&I Cup.

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The Eagles lost their B&I Cup Group 3 opener 23-10 at home to the Cornish Pirates last Sunday in the Sportsground.

They play the former English Premiership giants tomorrow in what will be another tough game for Lawler's side, who are bottom of their group.

London Irish recorded a bonus-point 25-14 win away to Ospreys in the Gnoll in Round 1, and the English Championship outfit will be favourites there once again.

Winger Jordan Conroy scored the only try for the Eagles, who played with Mitch Lam, son of Connacht coach Pat Lam, at out-half against Cornish Pirates.

Galwegians out-half Lam scored a penalty and conversion for his side but they were overpowered by the Pirates.

Sam Simmonds, Dan Lee and Jake Parker all crossed the whitewash as the Eagles succumbed to their first loss of the campaign.

But the Eagles were forced to deal with the late withdrawals of senior stars Danie Poolman and Stacey Ili for that game. And their coach said that will be a recurring trend with the small size of the Connacht squad.

"All of our B&I Cup games are tough because of our limited preparation time and obviously when injuries take their toll in the senior team that feeds down," said Lawler.

Irish Independent

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