THE LOWDOWN ON . . .
Patience will be the key. Although Connacht will maintain their pleasing, enigmatic approach, they will be mindful of the fact that they must physically impose themselves on the opposition at first.
With the weather set fairer than it has been for most of the week, that should be within their compass and, ahead of next week's Toulouse task, it wouldn't be the worst foreign policy to smarten up their play in the tight.
How they beat you
Zebre have no chance of winning so it is rather a moot point; maintaining a frustrating presence will be their primary weapon of choice for they have little else to offer.
They did manage to frustrate Connacht in an abandoned game earlier this season and they have enjoyed occasional successes in the league but they remain as rare as lightning strikes.
If the Italians are able to gain any foothold in this game, they will hope that if their forwards can maintain any sense of minor superiority over the opposition, the Italian out-half may push them around the field in search of opportunity.
He signed on for a new deal this week, which indicate that rumours of his franchise's extinction may have been exaggerated.