Tuesday 11 December 2018

Connacht need more consistency - Farrell

Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

John Fallon

It has been a disappointing start to Kieran Keane's reign in Connacht but one clear silver lining has been the performances of centre Tom Farrell.

And the former Leinster academy product, who joined Connacht last year from Bedford Blues, is hoping they can get their season back on track when they take on Brive in France in the Challenge Cup on Saturday night.

Wins over Oyonnax and Worcester Warriors have left Connacht in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages.

Their European form is in contrast to their dismal showing in the Guinness PRO14 where they have lost seven of their 10 games, including Saturday's low point when they left Parma empty-handed after losing 24-10 to Zebre.

"We were bitterly disappointed with that. We knew they had a lot of returning international boys. We didn't underestimate them coming over. We showed them complete respect all week. We did our analysis and knew the threats that they had. They proved they are a quality side this season," said the 24-year-old, who scored Connacht's only try in that game.

And with tries already in the bag from the wins over Southern Kings and Munster, Farrell is hopeful he can play his part as they meet Brive over the next two weekends and then face into three Irish derbies.

"Personally, I am getting my game-time. I am playing regularly but from an overall team perspective we would like a bit more consistency in our game. We are up and down with no real consistency yet."

Brive, like Oyonnax and Worcester in the pool, are in relegation trouble and may not have much interest in Europe but Farrell warned they can't underestimate them.

"No matter what French side you go to you know they are always going to put it up to you, no matter if they are first in the league or 14th," he said.

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