Sunday 15 September 2019

Connacht's winning run proves Friend is making a big impact

Connacht will arrive at the RDS tomorrow evening looking to extend a run of five consecutive wins across all competitions. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Connacht will arrive at the RDS tomorrow evening looking to extend a run of five consecutive wins across all competitions. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Ryan Corry

Connacht will arrive at the RDS tomorrow evening looking to extend a run of five consecutive wins across all competitions.

Andy Friend's side sit just third behind Glasgow Warriors and Munster in Conference A of the Guinness PRO14 and are second in Pool 3 of the European Challenge Cup, hot on the heels of English club Sale Sharks.

Most recently they completed back-to-back victories over Perpignan in the Challenge Cup but not before the daunting prospect of two PRO14 games in South Africa.

The western province ended their unwanted half-century run without a win in Belfast earlier this year and will hope they can tick a win at the RDS off their Christmas wish-list too.

Confidence is high in Connacht, largely down to some of the wrongs of the past that have been righted this season.

As well as looking stronger all over the pitch, they seem to be grinding out results where, in recent years, they might not have.

All of this is testament to the work being done by Friend and his staff with a lively encounter promised tomorrow night.

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