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Elwood to end on high

ERIC ELWOOD can probably guide Connacht to eighth in the league with a losing bonus-point in defeat to third-placed Glasgow in Galway.

It is not in their nature to settle for second-best in any one contest and eighth would represent the equal of their best effort, which came last year. Kudos to Elwood.

The Westerners have won just one of their last four, while the play-off bound Warriors would welcome home advantage if the Ospreys can do them a favour in Dublin.

Glasgow have the motivation of the play-offs to propel them onwards and the feelgood factor from British and Irish Lions Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland in their camp.

The Connacht players will have the drive to do justice to the time, energy and commitment Elwood has given to his province before he walks away from the club at the final whistle. It could be emotional in Galway.

Verdict: Connacht

Connacht: G Duffy (capt); D Poolman, E Griffin, B Murphy, F Vainikolo; D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, R Loughney, M Swift, M McCarthy, A Browne, J O'Connor, E McKeon.

Glasgow Warriors: P Murchie; T Seymour, S Lamont, P Horne, DTH van der Merwe; R Jackson, H Pyrgos; M Low, P McArthur, J Welsh, T Swinson, T Ryder, R Harley, J Barclay, R Wilson (capt).


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