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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Connacht must secure five points

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam. Photo: Kenny Smith/Sportsfile
Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam. Photo: Kenny Smith/Sportsfile

The pursuit of automatic qualification for The Champions Cup is now a lost cause for Connacht as they make their way to Parma.

They have to take out all of their frustration and anger on the Italian minnows.

Of course, the home side would have been galled at the cheek of Treviso to turn over The Ospreys last week, leaving them anchored to the foot of the table, six points short of their rivals.

They have their own worries to tend to as they rapidly lose faith in their quest to make The Champions Cup.

Connacht have to refocus their expectations on what will be a hotly contested play-off route to their goal.

It all begins with putting Zebre to the sword with nothing less than five points in Italy. "We're going over to Parma with a clear game plan," said coach Pat Lam.

"We are fully focused on putting in a performance against Zebre that will get us the points on offer."

The Western Province will be wary of what they are walking into.

Afterall, they were down 22-10, and almost out, in this original fixture when freak weather conditions intervened in what could only be interpreted as 'an act of God.'

Lam will hammer home the importance of every single point.

Zebre: D Berryman; K van Zyl, G Bisegni, T Boni, L Greeff; C Canna, M Violi; A Lovotti, T D'Apice, D Chistolini, G Keogelenberg, G Biagi (capt), J Furno, D Minnie, F Ruzza.

Connacht: J Rowland; D Poolman, T Farrell, B Aki, S Ili; J Carty, J Cooney; D Buckley, T McCartney, F Bealham, Q Roux, A Browne, S O'Brien, E McKeon, J Muldoon (capt).

Verdict: Connacht

  • Zebre v Connacht, Stadio, Lanfranchi, Tomorrow KO2.30

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