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Connacht must take sting out of Wasps to keep Euro bid alive

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Wasps will take to the city of Galway for their Christmas party tonight and it's up to Connacht to spoil their mood.

With Toulouse almost certain to pick up five points at home to Zebre, the western province need to beat the Premiership side to keep their quarter-final hopes alive. If that means taking up the role of Scrooge, then they won't mind much.

Last weekend, Pat Lam's side were left to lament a missed opportunity in Coventry as their inaccuracy at lineout time, inability to kick their goals and high error count in open play undermined a decent effort.

Ultimately, they were overpowered by Dai Young's side. Wasps won playing with the handbrake on and Connacht's job this week is to force them into a more difficult place.

Young is an experienced visitor to the Sportsground and after being dominated in possession last week, wants to see his side deny Connacht access into the game.

"Neither team will change much in six days, but both will look to find things to tweak slightly to their advantage and seek to change things that didn't go so well," the former Lion said.

"We want to turn the possession and territory stats around a bit this week to give us more opportunity with ball in hand.

"We were really pleased to come away with five points, and they were disappointed to leave with nothing, but still were pretty confident they can get something from this week's game.

"There's lots more to come from us. It was nip and tuck with 20 minutes to go, and I think this game will be similar, but we are confident in our fitness and the quality of our bench."

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