Thursday 17 August 2017

Lam rings changes for Ospreys trip

Connacht head coach Pat Lam
Connacht head coach Pat Lam Newsdesk Newsdesk

Pat Lam has made five changes to his Connacht side and given Tiernan O'Halloran the captaincy for their Pro12 clash with Ospreys at Liberty Stadium today (1.30).

The 24-year-old full-back will captain the side for the first time in the absence of John Muldoon, who is left on the bench as Connacht look to build on their impressive start to the season.

Muldoon has played every minute of the four games so far this season, as Connacht have won three and notched four bonus points along the way.

Connacht have never won in the Liberty Stadium and they will bid to break their ten-game losing streak at the venue this afternoon.

"Certainly we have competed really well and then we had these bursts, where they can score a couple of tries on you, through sloppy play by us," said Lam.

"It is a big challenge, they got their first win last week, they are certainly not where they are used to being in the table and they would have got a lot of confidence out of getting an away win. We know it will be tough battle."

Lam makes three changes to his pack, with academy hooker Shane Delahunt coming in for just his second Pro12 start.

The experienced Aly Muldowney starts his first game of the season, while Eoghan Masterson comes in at No 8.

There are two other switches of personnel in the backline. Jack Carty is back at out-half after injury, with Craig Ronaldson moving out one place to inside-centre.

Darragh Leader starts his first game of the season, on the right wing.

Verdict: Ospreys

Ospreys - R Fussell; T Grabham, B John, J Matavesi, E Walker; S Davies, B Leonard; R Bevington, S Parry, D Arhip; L Ashley, R Thornton; J King, S Underhill, D Baker. Reps: S Otten, P James, A Jarvis, R Bernardo, J Bearman, J Tipuric, T Habberfield, D Evans.

Connacht - T O'Halloran; D Leader, B Aki, C Ronaldson, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion; D Buckley, S Delahunt, R Ah You; Q Roux, A Muldowney; E McKeon, N Fox-Matamua, E Masterson. Reps: D Heffernan, C O'Donnell, F Bealham, U Dillane, J Muldoon, I Porter, R Parata, N Adeolokun.

Ref - A Brace (IRFU)

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