Monday 16 September 2019

Friend: We won't be distracted on travels

Andy Friend. Photo: Sportsfile
Andy Friend. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht coach Andy Friend insists his side are fully focused on winning two games in their South African tour and that they won't be distracted by falling into "holiday mode".

Connacht travelled to South Africa on Monday last in preparation for their first game of the tour against Isuzu Southern Kings on Sunday, before they face Cheetahs on Saturday week.

Despite the pleasant weather conditions in the beautiful city of Cape Town, Friend says they're focused solely on rugby.

"Our big message to them was don't do things that you wouldn't normally be doing in a week. So if you're not used to sunbathing outside for two or three hours, then don't do it here," said Friend.

"I think you can fall into a trap and into holiday mode. Cape Town is a lovely city in terms of things to do and things to see, but that's not why we're here: we're here to prepare ourselves for two games of rugby.

"We arrived on Monday and we all travelled well. We had a great gym session and Tuesday afternoon was all about getting touches of the ball again.

"We had a really good team leaders meeting and they are really focused on this week to make sure we arrive in Port Elizabeth in good shape to get a win there."

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