Saturday 24 February 2018

Tony Ward: Connacht's future has never looked so bright

Eric Elwood's Connacht side hammered Leinster at the Sportsground – now they need to add consistency to their performances away from home
Eric Elwood's Connacht side hammered Leinster at the Sportsground – now they need to add consistency to their performances away from home
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Though few and far between, there have been some great Connacht victories over the years. Think back to January and that special night at the Sportsground when English Premiership top guns Harlequins bit the Heineken Cup dust.

Go back further and my favourite memory is of Franklin's Gardens in 1997 when a Connacht side including Billy Mulcahy, Conor McGuinness and Mervyn Murphy -- as well as one Eric Elwood -- eked out probably their greatest competitive win on the road when beating Northampton in the European Challenge Cup.

That 20-15 win completed a remarkable double over the Saints -- the men from the west had thumped them 43-13 at the Sportsground earlier in that campaign.

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