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Madrid lack nous to halt Connacht charge


Olympus Madrid v Connacht, Ciuadad Universitaria,


It would be unforgivable for Connacht to let their overall second seed rating, behind Pool 4 leaders London Wasps, slip on the road to a home quarter-final. The basic fact that Madrid have conceded 35 tries in five matches, seven per game, is proof positive that they do not have anything like the expertise, talent or will to keep Connacht away from the bonus-point win.

Coach Michael Bradley will be able to scheme for a home quarter-final against the lowest ranked of the three second-placed Heineken Cup clubs that will fall into the Challenge Cup last eight.

p Verdict: Connacht