Passing Zebre test can drive us on, says Carr
Connacht's all-time top try scorer Fionn Carr believes they still have a lot to prove in their final two Heineken Cup pool games and that a win over Zebre this weekend will give them something to play for heading to Saracens.
Connacht are unlikely to make the quarter-finals but could yet nail down a quarter-final spot in the Amlin Challenge Cup -- a competition they have played more games in than any other side in Europe.
Carr has scored a dozen tries in that competition during his first stint in Connacht before he moved back to Leinster and he admitted he got particular pleasure from scoring against his old side at the weekend.
"It was obviously nice to score against my old team. It got us on the board and it was a pity we didn't get a few more. It was disappointing not to get anything from the game," he said.
The 28-year-old returned to the Sportsground during the summer and is impressed with all the changes on and off the field, not least with the number of young players coming through.
"I was the oldest player starting in the backs at the weekend but it's great to play with all these young guys as well," Carr continued.
"They've been under the tuition of Nigel Carolan and I had him as well at U-21s.
"Nigel is a fantastic coach, he's done a terrific job with them and they've slotted in and they all played really well at the weekend and I'm sure there'll be a lot more competition coming from them in the future."
Carr is Connacht's record try scorer with 37 touchdowns, 25 of them in the league and 12 in the Challenge Cup. He also scored league tries when he was back with Leinster.
Now the ambition is to get his first Heineken Cup try. He made two appearances off the bench for Leinster in the competition and made the first of three starts in it this season for Connacht.
He believes Zebre will be boosted by their 14-12 victory over Treviso at the weekend -- and Connacht will not underestimate them.
"It's massive for them. Zebre are getting stronger and stronger so we need to up our game," he added.
"There's a massive chance for us to stay in Europe but first and foremost we have to concentrate on winning this weekend and then we can look forward to Saracens."