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Challenge Cup Pool 1: Connacht v Newcastle Falcons, 11 December

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Post by George Carlin Tue 08 Dec 2015, 4:17 pm

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Connacht Rugby v Newcastle Falcons
Friday 11 December 2015
KO: 19:45
The Sportsground, Galway

Television TBC

Referee Thomas Charabas (France)
Touch Judge 1 Nicolas Datas (France)
Touch Judge 2 Vivien Praderie (France)
Fourth Official Daithi Flood (Ireland)
Assessor Michael Carroll (Ireland)
Citing Commissioner Patrice Frantschi (France)

A. Head to Head

3 Played 3
1 Wins 2
2 Losses 1
0 Draws 0
19 Points 75

B. Current European Form

Connacht Rugby
21/11/15
Connacht 21 - 17 Brive

14/11/15
Enisei-STM 14 - 31 Connacht

Newcastle Falcons
22/11/15
Falcons 55 - 7 Enisei-STM

13/11/15
Brive 13 - 9 Falcons

C. Teams

Connacht Rugby
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15 Tiernan O'Halloran (capt)
14 Niyi Adeolokun
13 Rory Parata
12 Peter Robb
11 Matt Healy
10 Jack Carty
9 Caolin Blade

1 Finlay Bealham
2 Jason Harris Wright
3 Nathan White
4 Ultan Dillane
5 Aly Muldowney
6 Sean O'Brien
7 James Connolly
8 George Naoupu

16 Shane Delahunt
17 Conan O'Donnell
18 Rodney Ah You
19 Danny Qualter
20 David Heffernan
21 Ian Porter
22 Shane O'Leary
23 Danie Poolman

Newcastle Falcons
Challenge Cup Pool 1: Connacht v Newcastle Falcons, 11 December Shivan11
15 Simon Hammersley
14 Dan Marshall
13 Tom Penny
12 Chris Harris
11 Zach Kibirige
10 Craig Willis
9 Tane Takulua

1 Alex Rogers
2 Scott Lawson
3 Taione Vea
4 Will Witty
5 Mouritz Botha
6 Richard Mayhew (capt)
7 Dan Temm
8 Allister Hogg

16 Rob Vickers
17 Ben Harris
18 Andy Foster
19 Calum Green
20 Callum Chick
21 Ruaridh Dawson
22 Juan Socino
23 Marcus Watson


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Post by Geordie Thu 10 Dec 2015, 8:22 am

Well I wonder what the tactics will be for this one!!?? Headscratch

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Post by George Carlin Thu 10 Dec 2015, 9:21 am

Hard to say Geordie. How hopeful are you for this?

PREVIEW: Newcastle ready for key games against Connacht

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards is braced for a 'tough encounter' in Galway against Guinness Pro12 high-flyers Connacht.

These teams have vast experience of the European Rugby Challenge Cup but have made vastly contrasting starts to the season.

Falcons claimed their only success of the campaign so far when they defeated Russian outfit Enisei STM 55-7 last time out in this tournament.

That disappointing run, extended by defeat to Saracens last week, has left them 11th in the Aviva Premiership and now - following defeat in the opening round to Brive - facing crunch games against Connacht, starting at the Galway Sportsground.

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: "It is frustration because for 55 or 60 minutes we were in with a shout of beating Saracens.

"I thought our boys acquitted themselves well but we just need that little bit more accuracy and to understand the consequences of one or two little mistakes. There is plenty to build on for next week.

"Connacht are a good side and are in a rich vein of form in the Guinness Pro12, even having lost at Cardiff Blues on Friday. They will be a hard side to beat over there and they will be gunning for it."

Opposite number Pat Lam is delighted with his side's start despite suffering only their second defeat in 11 games at Cardiff Blues last weekend.

They are counting the cost of that defeat having lost back-row Eoin McKeon (elbow) and lock Quinn Roux (ankle) with further concerns over key pair Craig Ronaldson and Kieran Marmion (both concussion) as well as Ian Porter.

However Lam could at least welcome back veteran Andrew Browne and Danie Poolman this week.
The men from Galway are second in the Pro12 and have a track record for qualifying for the nock-out stages of the Challenge Cup.

However they have recently struggled against English opponents having lost their five Anglo-Irish ties, including home games in this competition against Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs.

Match Facts

- The home side has triumphed on the previous three occasions these sides have met in the Challenge Cup with Newcastle emerging victorious in two of those games and Connacht winning one.
- Connacht Rugby have won eight of their last 11 matches in the Challenge Cup, including both matches so far this season.
- Connacht Rugby haven't beaten an English side in the Challenge Cup since beating Worcester Warriors twice in the 2009/10 pool stage, losing all five games against teams from England since then.
- A loss for Newcastle would be their third in succession away from home, equalling the clubs longest such run in the Challenge Cup.
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Post by Geordie Thu 10 Dec 2015, 9:47 am

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: "It is frustration because for 55 or 60 minutes we were in with a shout of beating Saracens.

These comments concern me a lot...because we blatantly weren't. We were never in contention of beating Saracens and the tactics were blatantly damage limitations - and eve that didn't work.

Its mostly the kids again so I think we'll win this game.

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Post by George Carlin Thu 10 Dec 2015, 1:00 pm

What do you make of the teams Geordie?
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Post by Geordie Thu 10 Dec 2015, 1:45 pm

15 Simon Hammersley - Quality, but young and still has parts of his game to work on
14 Dan Marshall - He's young and small, but has had a couple of good performances
13 Tom Penny - A real exciting prospect.
12 Chris Harris - Real quality. He should be starting every game in my opinon
11 Zach Kibirige - Looks like his injuries haven't affected him. A real prospect
10 Craig Willis - Another youngster at 10. Played very well in the seniors.
9 Tane Takulua - Bruising tongan SH.

1 Alex Rogers - An Ok prop
2 Scott Lawson - Slightly on the wane now. McGuigan is ahead now IMO.
3 Taione Vea - Much Vaunted TH from London Wlesh. Yet to see the best of him
4 Will Witty - Very promising lump of a lock. In the U20's last season
5 Mouritz Botha - Waste of a spot now. Id give more of the kids a go. But he has experience
6 Richard Mayhew (capt) - Physical robust Kiwi flanker
7 Dan Temm - Typical kiwi flanker. Should be getting more senior game time
8 Allister Hogg - Mr Quality.

16 Rob Vickers - Converted Hooker, solid fairly reliable
17 Ben Harris - Young Leeds LH prop. Big lad, not seen a huge amount of him.
18 Andy Foster - Young TH prop, not seen a huge amount of him
19 Calum Green - Solid, warrior in the second row. Just cracks on.
20 Callum Chick - Young No8 - U18 England captain. Big hopes
21 Ruaridh Dawson - Young SH...impressing a few people.
22 Juan Socino - Argentinian squad member. Like a wee Cannonball.
23 Marcus Watson - Older brother of the England winger. Come over from 7's and looks like he's making the change very nicely.

All in all young exciting inexperienced backline...given a run out to gain experience. And a fairly experienced older pack.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly Thu 10 Dec 2015, 4:23 pm

Can't say I recognise many of the Connacht side so unsure how this one will go. Very few starters for Falcons if any.

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Post by mikey_dragon Thu 10 Dec 2015, 5:11 pm

Connacht have chopped and changed quite often this season and this game looks no different - but in all fairness to them their strength in depth is probably the best it has ever been. I do wonder why Aki isn't in the squad? He is their best players this season.

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Post by George Carlin Thu 10 Dec 2015, 5:12 pm

Brilliant summary Geordie - cheers.
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Post by Geordie Fri 11 Dec 2015, 10:03 pm

Beat again....

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Post by westisbest Fri 11 Dec 2015, 10:29 pm

Another win for Connacht. Great stuff.

As mikey says, good strength in depth.

Hopefully it will continue.

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Post by Pot Hale Fri 11 Dec 2015, 10:32 pm

Connacht were down one or two players - through injury.

Still they got the result.
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Post by Geordie Fri 11 Dec 2015, 11:47 pm

Don't be fooled....we are Poopie!!!

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Post by Notch Fri 11 Dec 2015, 11:49 pm

Well done Connacht clap
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Post by Guest Fri 11 Dec 2015, 11:54 pm

Great result, Connacht. Didn't know what to expect with Connacht having so many injuries, but they are so in the habit of winning, I am not surprised. Long may it continue Very Happy

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Post by Pot Hale Sat 12 Dec 2015, 12:02 am

GeordieFalcon wrote:Don't be fooled....we are Poopie!!!

Possibly but better than London Irish. They still managed to win against a more affluent English Premiership team despite all of the odds stacked against them and their history in European cup games.

Only halfway though, lot to go still.
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Post by Heaf Sat 12 Dec 2015, 12:48 am

I think the jury is still out on who is worse between Falcons and LI tbh ...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly Sat 12 Dec 2015, 7:40 am

I think we're both equally rubbish tbh

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Post by LondonTiger Sat 12 Dec 2015, 7:45 am

Where are London Welsh when you need them?

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Post by Cumbrian Sat 12 Dec 2015, 8:02 am

Pot Hale wrote:
GeordieFalcon wrote:Don't be fooled....we are Poopie!!!

Possibly but better than London Irish. They still managed to win against a more affluent English Premiership team despite all of the odds stacked against them and their history in European cup games.

Only halfway though, lot to go still.


A bit of a stretch maybe?  Connacht won at home against a team who's last league win came ten months ago and who only had 2-3 first choice players starting (not that I’m saying our first choice team would have won).

We're also so 'affluent' that as soon as a decent player/ English international comes through they are hoovered up by a truly ‘affluent’ club.

Dear me, some of you guys have got a narrative and you are keeping to it come hell or high water.  You’ve got your David and Golliath roles mixed up here, it was top of the league vs. foot of the table stuff.

Congratulations Connacht, but you’ve got to view the result in context.
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Post by Marshes Sat 12 Dec 2015, 10:52 pm

Highlights in this show, should be available in the UK (Irish commentary):
http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=4657735919001&title=European%20Rugby%20Champions%20Cup&series=European%20Rugby%20Champions%20Cup

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Post by Pot Hale Sun 13 Dec 2015, 12:13 am

Cumbrian wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:
GeordieFalcon wrote:Don't be fooled....we are Poopie!!!

Possibly but better than London Irish. They still managed to win against a more affluent English Premiership team despite all of the odds stacked against them and their history in European cup games.

Only halfway though, lot to go still.


A bit of a stretch maybe?  Connacht won at home against a team who's last league win came ten months ago and who only had 2-3 first choice players starting (not that I’m saying our first choice team would have won).

We're also so 'affluent' that as soon as a decent player/ English international comes through they are hoovered up by a truly ‘affluent’ club.

Dear me, some of you guys have got a narrative and you are keeping to it come hell or high water.  You’ve got your David and Golliath roles mixed up here, it was top of the league vs. foot of the table stuff.

Congratulations Connacht, but you’ve got to view the result in context.

You misunderstand, I meant their odds in relation to their horrendous injury list in the run up to the game:

“With 18 players unavailable through injury from our European squad, it was certainly a challenge to piece together a match day squad for tomorrow. We are forced to name the 23 remaining players which include three hookers in the team as Dave (Heffernan) will be required to cover the backrow."

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Post by Heaf Sun 13 Dec 2015, 12:40 am

Pot Hale wrote:
GeordieFalcon wrote:Don't be fooled....we are Poopie!!!

Possibly but better than London Irish. They still managed to win against a more affluent English Premiership team despite all of the odds stacked against them and their history in European cup games.

Only halfway though, lot to go still.

LI did OK today ....

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Post by mikey_dragon Sun 13 Dec 2015, 1:12 am

Well LI are below them in the 'world's premier competition' so which is it?

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Post by Sgt_Pooly Sun 13 Dec 2015, 7:58 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Well LI are below them in the 'world's premier competition' so which is it?

By a huge 2pts.....

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Post by Heaf Sun 13 Dec 2015, 10:39 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Well LI are below them in the 'world's premier competition' so which is it?

Both are struggling in the premiership at the moment but it's a bit early to be drawing conclusions either way I'd say ...

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Post by mikey_dragon Sun 13 Dec 2015, 12:38 pm

Fair points lads, but don't be raining on Connacht's parade Wink. I'm not Irish but can admire how they've spent the last 3-4 years rising up the league. I remember the days when playing Connacht was almost a given, and you could put 60 points on them! Those days are long gone and I hope it continues. Their brand of rugby is also like Ulster's and Quins', very exciting to watch.

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