Tuesday 21 November 2017

Time to end Glasgow hoodoo

Connacht’s Ben Marshall on the charge against Ross Wardle of Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend
Connacht’s Ben Marshall on the charge against Ross Wardle of Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend

John Fallon

Connacht will bid to end a seven-match losing run against Glasgow Warriors when they take on the champions at Scotstoun this evening.

Connacht scored their biggest win over Glasgow when they triumphed 37-8 at the Sportsground in February 2011 but since then the Scots have dominated this fixture.

There have been 25 meetings between these sides in the Pro12, with Glasgow coming out on top in 15 of those games, Connacht winning seven and there have been three draws.

All three draws have been at the Sportsground where Glasgow have won four of the 12 meetings.

There have been 13 meetings in Glasgow at a variety of venues, with Connacht winning 30-19 on their first visit to the city when they triumphed at Hughenden. Their only other win in Glasgow was at Firhill in 2010 when a late Ian Keatley penalty sealed a 19-17 win on a night when Fionn Carr got the visitor's only try.

Indeed, Carr is the only member of the starting 15 that evening five years ago this month to be still with Connacht.

Connacht have only picked up one point in three visits to Scotstoun, that came the season before last when they were pipped 8-6. Their first visit to Scotstoun was Glasgow win 27-17, while last season the Scots triumphed 39-21.

This evening's clash will bring former Connacht player and assistant coach Dan McFarland into opposition with the side he served for a decade and a half.

And Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend said that McFarland has been a big hit since he took over as forwards coach at Scotstoun during the summer.

"We always admired what he did with Connacht. We were looking for someone to come on board and work on out set-piece and we were delighted when he committed to us and he has settled in really well," said the former Scottish international.

Glasgow surrendered their 20-match unbeaten run at Scotstoun when they were turned over last weekend when Scarlets won 16-10 despite finishing the game with 12 men.

Connacht captain John Muldoon will play his 250th game for the province this evening when he leads the side out as they bid to build on their opening day win over Dragons.

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