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Monday 23 April 2018

Connacht to scrap

Edinburgh v Connacht, Murrayfield, Tonight 7.45

Connacht's Robbie Henshaw. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Robbie Henshaw. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

EDINBURGH have won four out of five at home this season, but one of their last five against the Irish provinces.

Sadly, Connacht do not look well-positioned to play on the latter of those two statistics given how they have lost seven out of eight in the PRO12 and sit in last place.

The announcement that Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has signed his first full contract with the province came as a consequence of his education as an Arts student at NUI Galway.

Connacht will have to paint a better picture over the next two seasons if they are to keep their most prized home-grown asset at The Sportsground.

Verdict: Edinburgh

Edinburgh: G Tonks; D Fife, N de Luca, B Atiga, J Cuthbert; H Leonard, G Laidlaw (capt); A Dickinson, A Lutui, WP Nel, O Atkins, I van der Westhuizen, C du Preez, R Rennie, D Denton.

Connacht: R Henshaw; F Carr, E Griffin, D McSharry, M Healy; D Parks, K Marmion; R Loughney, S Henry, N White, M Kearney, C Clarke (capt), A Muldowney, J Heenan, E McKeon.

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