Match Preview: Connacht

Match Preview: Connacht

Get the latest ahead of Sunday's Guinness PRO14 match-up with Connacht at BT Murrayfield with this week's Match Preview.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 (kick-off 7.35pm), while you can keep up with minute-by-minute updates via our Live Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU, 4th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Ben Blain, David Sutherland (both SRU)

TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SRU)


OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 32, Edinburgh won 17, Connacht won 13 with 2 games drawn.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh’s last-gasp, 25-23 defeat to Munster in Round 2 signalled a fourth successive Championship defeat for the capital side and Richard Cockerill’s men will need to find form quickly if they are going to emulate their run to the semi-finals last season

They do however come up against a Connacht side who have won just once away from home in any competition since last November.

While the Galway-based side’s most recent win at BT Murrayfield was in the 2016 PRO14 final against Leinster, Connacht impressed with 28-24 victory over Glasgow Warriors in Round 1, before going down 29-7 away at Cardiff Blues.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met in the penultimate 2019-20 fixture prior to the league being suspended due to COVID-19. Edinburgh crossed the whitewash on five occasions - two of which were penalty tries - to secure a 41-14 bonus-point win at BT Murrayfield.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

C

Edinburgh scorers

Connacht scorers

Fri 4 Mar 16

BT Murrayfield

23

28

Chris Dean(T) Cornell du Preez(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/2P) Damien Hoyland(T)

Eoin McKeon(T) AJ MacGinty(T/C) Jake Heenan(T) Bundee Aki(T) Craig Ronaldson(3C)

Fri 30 Sep 16

Sportsground

15

28

Mike Allen(T) Grant Gilchrist(T) Jason Tovey(C/P)

Jack Carty(C/2P) Quinn Roux(T) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Cian Kelleher(T) Peter Robb(T)

Fri 7 Apr 17

Myreside

19

22

Duncan Weir(2C) Glenn Bryce(T) Penalty Try(T) Hamish Watson(T)

Eoin McKeon(T) Steve Crosbie(C/5P)

Fri 23 Mar 18

Sportsground

29

22

Duncan Weir(T/C/3P) Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(P) Dougie Fife(T)

Tiernan O'Halloran(T) Tom Farrell(T) Jack Carty(2C/P) Finlay Bealham(T)

Fri 14 Sep 18

BT Murrayfield

17

10

Pierre Schoeman(T) Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(2C/P)

Jack Carty(C/P) Niyi Adeolokun(T)

Fri 21 Feb 20

BT Murrayfield

41

14

Pierre Schoeman(T) Duhan van der Merwe(T) Simon Berghan(T) Simon Hickey(3C/2P) Penalty Try(2T)

Tiernan O'Halloran(2T) Jack Carty(2C)


KEY STATS

Edinburgh Rugby have slipped to four successive defeats in the Guinness PRO14, their worst run in the Championship since April 2017.

In the last eight rounds of the Guinness PRO14 Connacht’s form has been a very even won four, lost four.

The Galway club have won just once away from home in any competition since last November; 29-19 against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on 1 March.

Connacht have not been victorious on a visit to Scotland since beating Edinburgh at Myreside in April 2017.

Edinburgh have won their last three encounters against Connacht, whilst Connacht’s most recent victory at BT Murrayfield was in the 2016 PRO14 final against Leinster.

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