Saturday 7 December 2019

Eagles hope to learn from tough lesson

Connacht Eagles 0 Doncaster 40

Connacht Eagles head caoch Nigel Carolan. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Connacht Eagles head caoch Nigel Carolan. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

Connacht Eagles coach Nigel Carolan says he is happy with the progression of his side as long as they keep learning from stern lessons like that handed out by Doncaster at the Sportsground.

His understrength side were soundly beaten by the English Championship side on Saturday, as their search for a first B&I Cup win of the season continues.

Carolan had a handful of senior players to call on as they ramped up their return from injury, but he thinks he will have even less at his disposal for their final game of the competition next week against Dragons Select.

The Knights side led 26-0 at the break and did not relent after the restart to run out convincing winners.

"We don't shy away from the challenge," said Carolan. "We have a bit to go but as long as we learn from every game that's the most important aspect.

"I thought a lot of our guys, particularly the forwards, played quite well.

"A lot of our mistakes got punished on the scoreboard and that's where it hurts the most."

Connacht Eagles - D Leader; C Gaffney (E O'Keeffe 56), C Brennan (C McKeon 58), A Pewhairangi, F Carr; S O'Leary, C Lowndes (S Kerins 58); C O'Donnell, S Delahunt (D Heffernan 58), C Kenny (J Walshe 14) (M Cosgrave 74); C Gallagher, D Qualter; C Romaine, S Moloney, E McKeon (M Kelly h-t).

Doncaster Knights - P Jarvis; M Clark, A Bulumakau, B Armitage, W Hurrell; S Humberstone (D Cusack 68), S Edgerley ( M Heaney 68); J Sproston (R Brugnara 62), B Hunter (T Stagg 62), W John; G Young (J Maksymiw 27), J Phelan; L Makaafi, W Owen (Hills 62), A Shaw.

Ref - A Jones (WRU)

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