Rosy times ahead despite poor start
It's important that the more experienced players stand up now this week. They are the guys that need to drive the standards and demand more from their team-mates around them, writes Johnny O'Connor.
You need to remember that this is still a very young Connacht squad and they are still relatively inexperienced despite the success of last season.
These are testing times for young players but when you think about it, Connacht were in a very similar situation around Christmas time last season.
Players were dropping like flies and the results weren't going their way. But they turned it around - and all it took was the guys sticking to what they do best and not trying to re-invent the wheel.
Connacht are on the back foot at the moment but I'm sure the John Muldoons of this world will have a few choice words on the training pitch.
It certainly doesn't need to be anything dramatic, there's no crisis at Connacht. In fact it's the opposite: players will be back soon and younger guys are signing new contracts to stay on for next season and beyond.
It's promising times ahead and a win in Italy will change the mindset back to a strictly positive one.