Friday 18 January 2019

Connacht's Crosbie Show set for winning airing

Connacht's Steve Crosbie. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Connacht's Steve Crosbie. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Connacht have to roll out another four try, five-point performance to maintain their drive towards qualification for the Champions Cup.

Steve Crosbie will make his first start at out-half in a combination that shows as many as 12 changes.

The former St Gerard's School playmaker is better with ball in hand and well suited to Connacht's game.

Bundee Aki, Niyi Adeolokun and Danie Poolman are the three survivors from the smooth domination of Treviso last Sunday.

"With a five-day turnaround on the back of our trip to Italy, we had always planned to make changes to the side," said coach Pat Lam.

"I'm delighted to see Eoghan (Masterson) and Andrew (Browne) make their return to match action.

"The team are buzzing for them and we're really looking forward to being back at the Sportsground."

Connacht: D Poolman; N Adeolokun, B Aki, T Farrell, S Ili; S Crosbie, J Cooney; R Loughney, T McCartney (capt), D Robertson-McCoy, L Stevenson, A Browne, E McKeon, N Dawai, E Masterson.

Zebre: D Berryman; M Bellini, T Boni, T Castello, L Greeff; S Bordoli, G Palazzani; B Postiglioni, O Fabiani, D Chistolini, Q Geldenhuys, V Bernabo (capt), M Cornelli, G Koegelenberg, F Ruzza.

Verdict: Connacht

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