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Sunday 19 November 2017

We weren't complacent, insists Loughney

Connacht prop Ronan Loughney. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Connacht prop Ronan Loughney. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Connacht prop Ronan Loughney insists there was no sense of complacency as the Pro12 champions fell to a six-try defeat as they launched the defence of their crown last weekend.

Connacht were picked apart by Glasgow Warriors last Saturday - just their second defeat at the Sportsground in more than a year - but Galway native Loughney is confident they can bounce back against Ospreys this weekend.

"People may say there was a bit of complacency creeping in, but we had what felt like a really good pre-season. There has been a great buzz around," he said.

"We have competition for places and we are in as good a position as we have ever been. There is no excuses there.

"For us it's about refocusing and getting back to the basics. That's where out game flows from. We are really good when we get that small detail right within the game.

"That's what this training week is all about. It's a tough week but we'll be refocusing and just trying to out things right this weekend.

"We've added bits to our game here and there, bit's about us executing and doing our roles well.

"We weren't as accurate as we had been in the past and fair dues to Glasgow, they capitalised on any mistakes we made, so fair play to them, they really came out all guns firing.

"We're not getting overly worked up about it. It's a big game this week for us to try and just put some of those wrongs right."

Loughney started at loosehead in the win over Leinster in the Pro12 final, and he is likely to return against the Ospreys.

Denis Buckley made his comeback in the No 1 jersey against the Warriors following ankle surgery, but he is being monitored by the medical staff, due to a concussion.

Irish Independent

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