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Connacht good to gain Gloucester consolation

CONNACHT v Gloucester, The Sportsground, tomorrow (KO 1.30)

There is a certain freedom in knowing that the pressure of qualification is gone. Who knows when Connacht will be back here again?

Common sense dictates this is the best chance the Westerners will have of securing their first Heineken Cup win. Gloucester are not Toulouse nor, indeed, Harlequins.

The news that the coveted Eoin Griffin and former Templeogue College centre David McSharry (pictured) have both committed their futures to the province is a boost. Gloucester are not exactly setting the world on fire with four wins out of 10 in the Premiership and nothing more than a losing bonus point to show for their exertions in Europe.

Verdict: Connacht