Sunday 25 March 2018

Elwood's English lesson

John Fallon

Few Irish people have the appetite to watch their country's disappointing loss to England on Sunday again, but Connacht coach Eric Elwood is going to insist his men do so.

The Westerners went down 25-15 away to an understrength Scarlets side at the weekend, when indiscipline handed the Welsh 18 points from penalties.

Elwood said his men need to take a look at the display of England, whose discipline denied Jonathan Sexton a kick at the posts and restricted his replacement Ronan O'Gara to three opportunities.

"Our discipline let us down. We need to look at what England did on Sunday, how they made sure they did not give away penalties," he said.

Elwood is bringing in a referee to take charge of a full-on training session this morning in a bid to sharpen their reaction at the breakdown before they take on Ospreys on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, centre Dave McSharry had to pull out of training yesterday with a groin injury he aggravated in camp with the Irish squad.

Elwood is hopeful it is not serious and he will be available, but versatile forward Andrew Browne will go for a scan today to assess an ankle injury.

Irish Independent

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