Monday 26 September 2016

Try-hungry Connacht a thrill a minute

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Bundee Aki in action against Cardiff Blues
Bundee Aki in action against Cardiff Blues

Connacht have played some really attractive rugby in the opening three games of the Pro12. They fully deserve to be fourth in the standings, ahead of the back-to-back block of 16 games.

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They might have conceded a few too, but to put 12 tries past Dragons, Glasgow and Cardiff is really exciting.

I haven't seen Connacht play like this for quite some time - the backs seem to have clicked, and in the pack, Nepia Fox-Matamua is prolific at openside.

Two four-try bonus points in three games is brilliant, and against Cardiff it was evident they are playing with confidence.

When they get their tails up, Connacht can turn on the style and with Bundee Aki in there you can see his Southern Hemisphere influence.

Of course Kieran Marmion was immense at scrum-half, and young Rory Parata is at home in the centre, Danie Poolman is a constant threat on the wing and Tiernan O'Halloran looked really comfortable at the back again.

That's not to mention Jack Carty stepping up to the plate at out-half, and Matt Healy yet to get going - so they signs are good for more and more four-try bonuses this season.

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