Friday 23 August 2019

Carty backs Connacht to secure 'drive for five' in Cardiff cauldron

Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Connacht go in search of a first away PR014 win this season against a Cardiff Blues side (7.35) who are aiming to do the double over the Westerners for the first time since 2013-'14, writes Cian Tracey.

Connacht have found their form recently and have won their last four games as Kieran Keane begins to put his stamp on the team.

"We have managed to get the results we have needed," out-half Jack Carty said. "Our focus now is on consistency away to Cardiff and next week against Zebre, that's what we need to deliver. We need to put in the performances now to put ourselves in a strong position later in the season."

Tiernan O'Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy form an electric back-three, while after their exploits with the Barbarians, Quinn Roux and skipper John Muldoon bolster the pack. New signing Pita Ahki is set for his debut from the bench.

Verdict: Connacht

Connacht - T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, E Griffin, T Farrell, M Healy; J Carty, C Blade; D Buckley, D Heffernan, F Bealham; Q Roux, J Cannon; E McKeon, J Heenan, J Muldoon (capt). Reps: S Delahunt, P McCabe, C Carey, G Thornbury, E Masterson, J Mitchell, S Crosbie, P Ahki.

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