Thursday 29 September 2016

Edinburgh to test attacking form

John Fallon

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

Coach Pat Lam will hope that his side continue to show such devastating form in attack
Coach Pat Lam will hope that his side continue to show such devastating form in attack

Connacht will tomorrow bid to enhance their best ever position at this stage of the season in the Pro12 by taking the scalp of an Edinburgh side who have edged clashes between them at the Sportsground.

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This will be the 14th league encounter between them at the venue and so far Edinburgh have won six, Connacht have been victorious in five and there have been two draws.

The draws came in successive seasons with a 22-22 game in 2006-'07 being followed by a 14-14 clash. Edinburgh were victorious when they last visited Galway, scoring a 16-13 win after Connacht had won 14-13 earlier in the season in Scotland.

There have been 12 league games between them in Edinburgh and that win last season was Connacht's fourth triumph in Scotland. Overall, the record stands at 14 wins for Edinburgh, nine for Connacht and those two draws.

Games between them at the Sportsground have always been close and only twice in the last ten meetings at the College Road venue has there been more than a bonus-point margin between them.

Both come into this clash with four wins from five, Edinburgh going down to a surprise 19-11 loss away to Zebre last weekend when the Italians picked up their first victory.

Tomorrow's clash brings the top scorers in the league this season into battle with the second meanest defence with Edinburgh conceding only 71 points in the five games to date.

Connacht have conceded 118 but the wins have been carved out by the high scoring return with the 152 points scored far not bettered by any team in the league.

Neither is the try haul of 19, with Cardiff equalling that thanks to the 11 tries they touched down against a weakened Zebre side on the opening weekend.

But Connacht's scoring ability will be seriously tested by an Edinburgh defence which has conceded just four tries in five games, a defence only matched by Ulster.

Coach Pat Lam will hope that his side continue to show such devastating form in attack. Their prowess this season is put into context when, for example, it is recalled they finished eighth out of 12 in 2011-'12 when scoring only 27 tries in the entire season.

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