Monday 26 August 2019

Lawler laments Eagles errors

Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawler. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht Eagles coach Mossy Lawler said his team are losing too many B&I Cup matches and it's because of their high error count at key moments.

They face off against Ospreys Select at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Sunday as they look to bounce back following last weekend's heartbreaking 20-17 reversal in the Sportsground.

Winger Jay Baker scored a try with the last play of the game for the visitors. Connacht winger Jordan Conroy scored two tries for Lawler's men, and they held a 17-7 lead, but according to the coach they lacked composure.

"The big thing for us last weekend is that we had enough of the ball but we just made far too many errors," said Lawler.

"We did create opportunities against them in the Sportsground, but we need to execute them.

"Ospreys Select are a bit like ourselves - they get very limited prep time.

"You learn a lot more from losing and unfortunately we are doing a lot of losing of late."

But there was still plenty of potential showed by a Connacht side who have now lost three games in a row in the B&I Cup, and the coach says he was encourage by what he saw.

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They are bottom of Pool 3 but Lawler knows the B&I Cup is an invaluable avenue for the exposure of the younger players in the province.

"All the clubs in Connacht are very good with releasing their players and there is no problem," he explained. "They like seeing their players playing for Connacht and we like having their players in our system.

"We work in tandem with each other and it's great for our club and it's great for us."

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