Monday 21 August 2017

Ronaldson keen to extend home record

Craig Ronaldson. Photo: Sportsfile
Craig Ronaldson. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Connacht centre Craig Ronaldson said that preserving their winning home record will be their prime target when high-flying Ulster come to town on St Stephen's Day.

The Westerners have won all seven games at the Sportsground this season and Ronaldson said they want to end the year with that record intact.

"It's a huge match and we haven't beaten Ulster in a while now. We are going to be looking at that. Hopefully we can get a big crowd down for it and really go all guns out for it," said the 25-year old.

But the main priority for Pat Lam will be to get as many fit bodies back on the park this week after going to Newcastle with just 22 players and suffering a 29-5 defeat.

Lam had 19 of his European registered players unavailable but is hopeful of getting several back this week as Ulster, fresh from their superb back-to-back wins over Toulouse, come to Galway.

Ronaldson - who has played in a dozen of Connacht's 13 games this season having missed only the home win over Newcastle - said the team want to bounce back from Sunday's defeat.

"We know it is a huge game for us and we want to keep our home record intact. It is a big game up at the top of the table, and hopefully we will have a few more fit bodies," he said.

"We are down to the bare bones, but we talked about it at the end of the game in Newcastle, it is no excuse.

"Guys who step in, everyone needs to be on the money every time they come in.

"But at the end of the match we only had three backs in their original positions. We weren't making any excuses, at the end of the day it wasn't good enough."

Irish Independent

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