Thursday 18 January 2018

Carolan demanding his Eagles take their opportunities

Connacht Eagles head coach Nigel Carolan
Connacht Eagles head coach Nigel Carolan
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

While Connacht's senior team may be flying high, the Eagles are way off the pace after two games of the British & Irish Cup.

Nigel Carolan's side have lost both of their games thus far and desperately need a victory at home to Jersey this afternoon (2.30).

The Championship side are also without a victory, but crucially they have drawn a game on their way to picking up three points in total.

Carolan has made four changes to the side who were beaten in Doncaster last time out. Amidst the several injury problems that Pat Lam has had to contend with, he is given a boost with the news that New Zealand-born centre Api Pewhairangi has returned from the knock he picked up in pre-season.

Conor Lownes starts at scrum-half while Marc Kelly and Stephen McVeigh are both promoted from the bench and take their place in the back-row.

"This team performed well against Doncaster last time out but we'll be hoping we can convert more of the chances we create tomorrow at the Sportsground," Carolan said.

Connacht will simply need to take their chances if they are to have any hope of progressing further.

Verdict: Jersey

Connacht Eagles - C Gaffney; A Leavy, C Brennan, A Pewhairangi, E O'Keefe; C McKeon (capt), C Lownes; J Walshe, J Dineen, S Meunargia; P Claffey, C Gallagher; M Kelly, R Moloney, S McVeigh. Reps: J A Lazaro, C Kenny, C Romaine, M Cosgrove, S Keirns; A Moynihan. J Keegan.

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