Wednesday 23 August 2017

It's time to hit the fast lane - Niyi

Connacht have won four of 12 at the Sportsground, with their last victory over them coming three seasons ago when they won 22-10 (Stock picture)
Connacht have won four of 12 at the Sportsground, with their last victory over them coming three seasons ago when they won 22-10 (Stock picture)

John Fallon

The fastest man in the Connacht squad is hopeful that the harder ground for the remainder of the season will see him use his speed to help Pat Lam's men ensure their best campaign ever.

Niyi Adeolokum crossed for two tries in the win over Zebre as Connacht chalked up their third successive bonus-point win.

Now they will bid for what would be only their second ever double over Ospreys when they clash at the Sportsground tomorrow evening. And 25-year Adeolokum is hoping that their mid-season slump is now well behind them and that they can push on for a glorious finish to the season.

"As a team we started the season very well. We were delighted with the way it went. But after that the last month hasn't been great, mainly due to injuries and that.

"Hopefully now we can pick it up from where we left off when the lads got injured and start winning again."

Now in his second season with Connacht and with 22 caps for the province under his belt, he has become more experienced in his role, and that has helped him to single out various parts of his game that might have let him down before he came west.

"I feel like I have come up a long way since I joined Connacht. I feel like my running lines are a lot better now, and I am much more solid when I am competing in the air.

"I feel like my game has really improved but I definitely still have a lot to work on.

"Overall, I am better able to read the game and connect better with the guys inside me. Being able to work effectively makes it more natural with the rest of the backline and it flows better."

This will be the 26th meeting between the sides, with Ospreys holding the advantage up to now with 18 wins to Connacht's seven victories.

Connacht have won four of 12 at the Sportsground, with their last victory over them coming three seasons ago when they won 22-10.

Connacht's only double came in the 2003-'04 when they won 33-22 in Swansea and 24-21 in Galway.

They scored their first ever win at Liberty Stadium earlier this season with a 21-16 triumph and are now poised to complete a second ever double over the Welsh side.

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