Connacht set to earn stripes against Zebre

Des Berry

COACH Pat Lam has taken a very 'you have it' attitude to retaining the ball in Europe. Connacht have averaged 30 kicks per game, the most by any club.

Connacht v Zebre, The Sportsground, Tomorrow (KO 3.40, live Sky Sports)

The tactic to kick for position rather than hold possession means they have also made the most tackles (533) and missed the most (95).

They showed against Leinster last week that when they bring that wild West manic aggression to a contest, they can rattle the best, as they did in Toulouse. Zebre are not Toulouse.

What they are is the worst tackling team (82pc) and, in fact, the worst team in the Heineken, not only winless, but pointless, along with Benetton Treviso.

Verdict: Connacht