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John Muldoon of Connacht celebrates. Photo: Steve Pope /Sportsfile

John Muldoon of Connacht celebrates. Photo: Steve Pope /Sportsfile

John Muldoon of Connacht celebrates. Photo: Steve Pope /Sportsfile

The Scarlets v Connacht, Parc Y Scarlets, Sunday 2.05 - RTé 2

IT HAS just been one of those weeks for Connacht. They stitched their fourth straight win together at the Dragons as prop Brett Wilkinson and centre Kyle Tonetti made public their retirements due to injuries.

Pat Lam's men paid a physical price for the precious 24-8 victory over the men from Gwent, though centre Dave McSharry is expected to be available despite a blow to the head.

Knocks

Back-five forwards Andrew Browne, Mick Kearney and Eoghan Masterson have all had to deal with knocks and hooker Jason Harris-Wright is a doubt with a groin problem.

The Westerners have surged from 12th to seventh and one more win would equal their best ever stretch of five consecutive wins, set as far back as 2002. That is a big carrot for them.

There is a four-point gap to the Scarlets in sixth and the Welsh club have won their last four against Connacht. In fact, the statisticians have to go back to 2004 for the last time this Irish province won in Llanelli.

Verdict: The Scarlets


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