Monday 20 November 2017

In-form Poolman packing a punch

Connacht's Danie Poolman
Connacht's Danie Poolman

Declan Rooney

Three games into the season and only free-scoring Ulster and Cardiff can top Connacht's 12 tries scored.

While the nine shipped at the other end is of concern, an early-season battle has begun to become Connacht's top scorer.

Danie Poolman and Nepia Fox-Matamua have both scored in each of Connacht's three games to date, but the South African says he is just the lucky recipient of the strong work of the Connacht pack.

"It has been a good start. The guys on the inside, we have been training a lot, the backs especially, the moves we do. I just finish it. It's team effort so very happy with that," said Poolman, who has 18 tries to his name in a Connacht shirt.

"The one I scored against Cardiff, we have been hammering on that, we changed it up a few times, and that was the end product. It was brilliantly done by the forwards first off, sucking the whole defence in and then great hands by the three backs: Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, and Rory Parata to put me in the corner."

It has been a dream start to the career of openside flanker Fox-Matamua who has scored in his first three competitive games in green, but now has four in four if you count his pre-season effort against Munster.

But for Poolman, getting the five points against Cardiff is a massive boon, especially after so many close calls against the Blues in the past.

"We got five points against Cardiff and they were kind of a bogey team for us in the past few seasons so it was good to get one back on them, and get the victory.

"They scored there in the end, but it is one of them things. We can't control that now, but at least we got the five points. We are very happy with that."

Irish Independent

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