Friday 21 September 2018

Lam's Connacht must snuff out Dragons' fire

Bundee Aki in action. Photo: Sportsfile
Bundee Aki in action. Photo: Sportsfile

Connacht showed the will of champions to come from behind against Cardiff Blues last Sunday.

Somehow they managed to overcome the Welsh club with serious composure at The Arms Park.

This appeared to be undermined by out-half Jack Carty's failure to convert a simple drop goal when the sides were locked in at 13-all.

It took the leadership of Tiernan O'Halloran to get the job done when he stepped up to nail a drop goal.

Rather than sit on what they had, they created the pressure to earn a penalty which Craig Ronaldson nailed from halfway.

It showed how far Connacht have come to win by any means necessary.

The news their talisman Bundee Aki's return from injury has been delayed by two weeks is not what coach Pat Lam would have wanted to hear at such a crucial stage of the season.

However, the Western Province should be able to deal with The Dragons in Galway tomorrow evening.

The bleak facts are Connacht trail Ulster by thirteen points with time, or rounds, not on their side.

They cannot afford to lose at home again this season.

Connacht v Dragons, Tomorrow, live tg4 (KO 7.35)

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