Saturday 21 January 2017

Lam's men targeting win record

John Fallon

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

John Muldoon is ready for action and will captain the Connacht side against Treviso
John Muldoon is ready for action and will captain the Connacht side against Treviso

Connacht will this evening bid to equal their best-ever winning run since the start of the league when they hope to notch their fifth successive victory when they take on Treviso.

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That record five-match winning run was achieved at the outset of the 2002-03 competition when the league was divided into two groups.

All five were close affairs with a 28-27 win away to Borders being followed by a 23-22 success over Cardiff.

Connacht's only away win against Leinster came next when Mark McHugh landed a last gasp drop goal to snatch a 26-23 win in Donnybrook.

Connacht emerged 18-12 winners in Rodney Parade against Newport and then made it five wins in a row with a 24-23 win away to Bridgend at the Brewery Field on a day when current team manager Tim Allnutt suffered a serious leg injury.

The winning run came to an abrupt end the day out when the wheels came off against a Pontypridd side who had not won all season but with Neil Jenkins dictating matters, they romped to a 40-0 win and Connacht did not win another their two remaining league games that season.

Now Pat Lam's men can equal that winning run this evening against a Treviso side who have lost all six games to date. Indeed, Connacht might be going for a 100% start to the campaign this season were it not for that one point loss in Glasgow.

But home wins over the Dragons, Cardiff and Zebre, and that first ever win at Liberty Stadium against Ospreys, have Connacht flying high and look on course to equal their best winning run.

Connacht have scored 20 tries in the six games to date, while Treviso have conceded the same number in their six losses and remain bottom of the table.

The Italians will be back in Ireland next weekend when they take on Munster at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup and will hope to prepare for that contest by denting Connacht's great start to the campaign.

Treviso have won once in Galway in the league, scoring a 15-13 win in the 2011-12 season. But Connacht have won the other four contests at the Sportsground, including last season's record 53-5 win.

The games between them in Treviso have been equal with two wins each and a 23-23 draw three seasons ago.

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