Monday 21 August 2017

Elwood eager to trump Bradley

AFTER two wins from their first two games, Connacht can put themselves in their own little dreamland with a victory over former coach Michael Bradley at Murrayfield this evening (7.30), WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

With Edinburgh's squad so badly hit by the World Cup, this is a prime chance for Eric Elwood to get one over his former Ireland team-mate.

The Scottish side are winless after their opening games and lack the usual recognisable names from their armoury. Connacht know a fast start will leave them in a strong position when the internationals return to the other teams.

"We've never won in Murrayfield and we are going there to try and rectify that," Elwood said. "Michael Bradley knows the lads inside out as he knows me and he knows what we are capable of. He knows our weaknesses and he might have a couple of surprises up his sleeve, but we might have a couple of our own."

Verdict: Away win.

EDINBURGH -- T Brown; L Jones, J Thompson, J King, T Visser; G Laidlaw (capt), C Leck; K Traynor, S Lawrie, J Gilding; G Gilchrist, S Turnbull; S Cox, R Grant, D Denton. Reps: A Kelly, R Hislop, S Knight, E Lozada, S McInally, A Black, G Hunter, M Scott.

CONNACHT -- G Duffy (capt); M McCrea, E Griffin, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; M Jarvis, F Murphy; R Loughney, E Reynecke, R Ah You; M Swift, M McCarthy; J Muldoon, J O'Connor, G Naoupu. Reps: A Flavin, B Wilkinson, D Rogers, D Gannon, R Ofisa, P O'Donohoe, N O'Connor, B Tuohy.

REf -- A Falzone (FIR).

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