Match Preview: Connacht

Match Preview: Connacht

Get the latest ahead of Friday evening's United Rugby Championship Round 13 match against Connacht at DAM Health Stadium (4 March, kick-off 7.35pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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How to watch

Live on TG4, Premier Sports, URC TV

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU, 29th competition game)
Assistant: Finlay Brown, Ross Mabon (both SRU)
TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SRU)

Team news

Dave Cherry is set to make his 50th appearance for Edinburgh Rugby, and will vice-captain a youthful side with two potential debutants in Jamie Campbell and Rudi Brown, who are both named as replacements.

Overall URC Record

Played 34, Edinburgh won 18, Connacht won 14 with 2 matches drawn.

Story of the match

Edinburgh are down to fifth having slipped to three successive URC defeats.

They have not lost four on the bounce since October 2020 and are unbeaten at home in all competitions for six games.

Connacht are on the trail of a third successive URC victory, having toppled the Scarlets and DHL Stormers, which is a run they last achieved almost a year ago.

Both games between Edinburgh and Connacht last season were won by the away side while Connacht have claimed four victories from their last six visits to the Scottish capital.

Recent meetings

DateVenueECEdinburgh ScoresConnacht Scorers
Fri 7 Apr 17Myreside1922

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

Eoin McKeon (T) Steve Crosbie (C/5P)
Fri 23 Mar 1Sportsground2922Duncan 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 18BT Murrayfield1710Pierre Schoeman (T) Duhan van der Merwe (T) Jaco van der Walt (2C/P)Jack Carty (C/P) Niyi Adeolokun (T)
Fri 21 Feb 20BT Murrayfield4114Pierre Schoeman (T) Duhan van der Merwe (T) Simon Berghan (T) Simon Hickey (3C/2P) Penalty Try (2T)Tiernan O'Halloran (2T) Jack Carty (2C)
Sun 25 Oct 20BT Murrayfield2637Mike Willemse (2T) Jaco van der Walt (3C) Nic Groom (T) Andrew Davidson (T)Tom Daly (3C/P) Caolin Blade (T) Sammy Arnold (T) Shane Delahunt (T) Conor Fitzgerald (P) Alex Wootton (2T)
Sat 13 Mar 21Sportsground1514Nathan Chamberlain (T/C/P) Magnus Bradbury (T)Jack Carty (2C) Shane Delahunt (T) Sean O'Brien (T)

Team comparison

Last 3 URC results29 Jan - Ospreys (A) L 19-234 Feb - Ulster (A) L 12-32
11 Feb - Leinster (A) L 7-2619 Feb - Scarlets (A) W 29-23
18 Feb - Munster (A) L 20-3426 Feb - Stormers (H) W 19-17
URC 2021/225th - W6 D1 L4 - 34pts6th - W6 D0 L6 - 28pts
URC formwWWlll (16pts)lWLlwW (12pts)
Top try scorer4 - Emiliano Boffelli, Darcy Graham, Ben Vellacott, Ramiro Moyano Joya, Boan Venter6 - Mack Hansen
Top points scorer39 - Emiliano Boffelli86 - Jack Carty

Key stats and records

  • Edinburgh Rugby have slipped to three successive defeats in the United Rugby Championship and have not lost four in succession in the competition since October 2020.
  • Edinburgh are still unbeaten at their new home gaining five victories and a draw there in all competitions.
  • The capital club's only victory against an Irish province since rugby resumed after the initial lockdown was 15-14 over today’s opponents, Connacht, in Gallway last March.
  • Connacht Rugby have won their last two United Rugby Championship matches, at Scarlets and at home to Stormers, and have not won three in succession in the competition for twelve months. That victory in Llanelli ended an unwanted run of seven successive away defeats in all competitions.
  • Both fixtures last season were won by the away side on the day whilst Connacht have triumphed on Edinburgh’s soil on four of their last six visits.

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