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.
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.
Fri 4 Mar 16
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
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
Duncan Weir(2C) Glenn Bryce(T) Penalty Try(T) Hamish Watson(T)
Eoin McKeon(T) Steve Crosbie(C/5P)
Fri 23 Mar 18
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
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
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)
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.