Wednesday 17 January 2018

Carty primed for toughest test yet

Connacht's Jack Carty is looking forward to playing Glasgow. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Jack Carty is looking forward to playing Glasgow. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney

Jack Carty returns to the scene of his debut two years ago tonight hoping to guide Connacht to a fourth Guinness Pro12 win on the trot and top spot in the league.

It was only last weekend that Carty was deemed fit enough to reclaim the kicking duties from Darragh Leader following an off-season ankle reconstruction, but with those issues behind him, he's primed to become Connacht's leading man from the tee.

Coming on as an early replacement for the injured Gavin Duffy for his debut this time two years ago was a huge occasion for the young Athlone lad - he didn't earn his second cap until last season - but now, with the responsibility of leading the back line, he is ready for the toughest test of their season at Scotstoun.

"We're delighted obviously. Three big wins, but we haven't given performances to 100 per cent but we are building. We had a good win against Leinster but that is firmly at the back of our minds and we're looking forward to playing Glasgow.

"I played over there last year, and I played the year before. My first game for Connacht was actually in Glasgow a couple of years back.

"Obviously they have had a good opening to their campaign as well so it is going to be a tough game. But if we get our boxes ticked during the week we will be going there with the mentality that we can win," he said.

The former Marist College student is from the Roscommon part of Athlone and was a year ahead of his schoolmate Robbie Henshaw. Subsequently, he missed out on Marist's historic Connacht Senior Schools Cup win in 2011-12 but his younger brother Ben took on the kicking duties while Jack was working his way through the Connacht academy at that stage.

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