Saturday 20 January 2018

Elwood focus on league


Connacht rescued their European season on Friday and now coach Eric Elwood wants them to switch attention and improve their Magners League position.

Friday night's 16-13 win over Bayonne gives them a fighting chance of advancing in the Amlin Challenge Cup after being shocked by part-timers Cavalieri Prato in Italy the previous week. Having reached the semi-finals last season before bowing out to Toulon, Connacht's fate hinges on the double date with Harlequins in December.

Elwood now wants them to turn their attention to the Magners League; next Saturday they face Leinster at the Sportsground.

"We are still in the competition, we have only played two games," he said. "The Amlin Cup is parked now for another while and the next week is all about Magners League. All of our focus now turns to the visit of Leinster to the Sportsground next Saturday, but at least we will be going into that on the back of a win.

"We set ourselves very high standards in the Magners League and the way we played last week in Italy, we let ourselves down. Credit to the lads, the challenge was to bounce back immediately to get the win at home and they did that," said Elwood.

Connacht will be going for their third successive home win over Leinster, having won 27-13 back in April, and 19-18 two years ago.

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