Monday 26 June 2017

Connacht can exploit Dragons' indiscipline

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

EXPLOITING the Dragons' indiscipline is the key to tonight's Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground, according to Connacht hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

Eric Elwood's side coughed up their unbeaten start to the season in Edinburgh last weekend, but the South African believes Connacht can return to winning ways.

"If ever there is a game where discipline is going to win it for you, it probably will be this game," said Reynecke, who joined the province from Premiership side Saracens over the summer.

"They are quite ill-disciplined when it comes to the breakdown, just small things like rucking and places where we can target. I think, by learning from the Edinburgh game, that is definitely one thing that we can take into this game and it will help us win it."

Elwood has made five changes to the side, with Niall O'Connor coming in at No 10 and Ray Ofisa replacing the injured George Naoupu, who is out for the next few weeks with a knee injury.

Dave Gannon makes his first start since his return to the province, while Brett Wilkinson and Brian Tuohy also start.

The Dragons haven't won in the Sportsground since their first visit there in 2004.

Geraint O'Driscoll makes his first start at this level for the visitors, who moved off the foot of the table thanks to last week's win over Aironi.

Verdict: Connacht

Connacht -- G Duffy; B Tuohy, E Griffin, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; N O'Connor, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, R Ah You; D Gannon, M McCarthy, J Muldoon, J O'Connor, R Ofisa. Reps: A Flavin; R Loughney, D Rogers, M Kearney, TJ Anderson, P O'Donohoe, M Jarvis, J Loxton.

Dragons -- M Thomas; M Pewtner, P Leach, A Smith, G O'Driscoll; J Tovey, J Bedford; N Williams, T Willis, D Way; A Jones, R Sidoli; L Evans, G Thomas, A Coombs. Reps: R Buckley, P Price, N Buck, D Waters, J Groves, W Evans, T Riley, M Jones.

REF -- L Hodges (WRU).

Irish Independent

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