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Saturday 19 August 2017

Connacht can keep up their fast start

Connacht v Cardiff Blues, The Sportsground, Tonight, 7.35 - TG4.

It is not about getting knocked down. It is about how you get back up.

Connacht need to show the bouncebackability that has never been in their repertoire.

The siege mentality will only take you so far in the professional arena.

Their problem is that they have had to work so hard for every one of their 12 points with a thin squad.

They really need to keep their momentum by staying in the Top-4.

The Westerners have won just one of their last nine against these Blues and Cardiff have lost once in eight visits to Galway.

Verdict: Connacht

Connacht: D Leader; N Adeolokun, R Henshaw, C Ronaldson, D Poolman; J Carty, K Marmion; R Loughney, D Heffernan, N White, M Kearney, Q Roux, J Muldoon (capt), W Faloon, G Neoupu.

Cardiff: A Thomas; A Cuthbert, C Allen, G Evans, D Fish; R Patchell, L Jones; G Jenkins, M Rees (capt), T Filise, J Hoeata, F Paulo, M Cook, S Warburton, M Vosawai.

Ulster v Edinburgh, Kingspan Stadium, Tonight, 7.35 - BBC NI.

Jared Payne has recovered from an injury to make his move for an Ireland jersey in November.

Les Kiss (pictured) will have given it to the Ulster players in the neck, a sort of verbal whiplash, if you will, before they go about putting in place a backlash that will warm the home support.

Verdict: Ulster.

Ulster: L Ludik; A Trimble, J Payne, S McCloskey, T Bowe; P Jackson, P Marshall; R Murphy, R Best (capt), W Herbst, A O'Connor, F van der Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson.

Edinburgh: G Tonks; J Cuthbert, S Beard, A Strauss, T Visser; P Burleigh, S Kennedy; R Sutherland, R Ford, J Andress, A Bresler, G Gilchrist, M Coman (capt), R Grant, C du Preez.

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