Monday 16 September 2019

Friend hails success of South African journey

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Connacht coach Andy Friend said the trip to South Africa was a huge success on and off the field.

The trip was crowned with wins over the Kings and the Cheetahs which saw Connacht return home earlier this week with nine points from a possible 10 in the bag.

"We saw it as a great opportunity," Friend said.

"When you go on trips like that you do a lot of bonding and you can learn a lot about each other individually and collectively.

"It was just a great trip to have had, and great to get the results that we got. That's done, good, move onto Perpignan for the next two weeks. It's going to be pretty special."

He said that the two wins in South Africa have hauled them right back into contention in the PRO14.

"Nine points was a good haul, we could have gone one better but that would have been greedy wouldn't it?

"We said before we left, if we got nothing and lose both games we are dead. If we won one game we are hanging on, if we win two we put ourselves right amongst it.

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"We come back, we have won the two and we are right amongst it.

"It means as we enter the nearly halfway stage of the competition we are right amongst it, which is a good spot to be. But we still have got a fair bit of work to do."

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