Connacht should tread with caution

Des Berry

Connacht v Montpellier, TONIGHT,

The Sportsground (KO 7.0)

Michael Bradley's men are in the driving seat in Pool 2, holding a flimsy two-point advantage over their French rivals Montpellier, with Worcester and Madrid out of the running.

A win of any kind will guarantee Connacht a home quarter-final as long as they complete their set of six matches with what should be a rudimentary bonus-point win in Madrid.

Connacht be warned: Montpellier have taken the prized scalps of champions Perpignan and recent leaders Castres in the last two rounds of the French Top 14. They are surfing a wave of confidence.

Verdict: Connacht


Connacht: T Nathan; L Bibo, N Ta'auso, K Matthews, F Carr; I Keatley, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, S Cronin, R Morris, M Swift, B Upton, M McCarthy, R Ofisa, J Muldoon (capt).

Montpellier: J Alcalde; B Thiery, O Smith, G Rees, T Brana; J Schutte, A Tomas; E Van Staden, J Caudullo (capt), B Douglas, M Macurdy, M Gorgodze, V Bost, G Chkhaidze, M Giraud.