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Connacht are looking good to extend superb winning run


Tom Farrell
Tom Farrell
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Connacht weren't desperately looking for a season-defining win as early as October, but last week's stunning comeback against the Cheetahs in Galway was a confidence-booster ahead of a critical November.

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They return to the Champions Cup this month amidst an intense schedule and a third successive bonus-point victory has put a distinctive pep in their step. So, too, that of their twinkle-toed titan in the centre, Tom Farrell, who has picked up from where he left off last season.

It was his stunning brace, including a final-play try, which helped secure the last-gasp win that has earned him a starting place this time around.

It would not be a surprise to see him do so for his country during his namesake Andy's first year in charge of the Irish side either.

For now, Connacht's vibrancy is helping many out west, including the discarded Ultan Dillane amongst others, forget about Ireland for now.

"I am really happy with the depth we have in the squad and how we have performed so far," says head coach Andy Friend.

"Our win away to Dragons was our first in Wales in a while so we will be looking to back that up with a win this weekend.

"We have Leinster and Montpellier coming up in the Sportsground so it is important for us to keep winning going into those games".

Connacht to clinch victory.

Ospreys: C Evans; H Dirksen, S Williams, T Thomas-Wheeler, T Williams; L Price, M Aubrey; R Jones, S Parry, T Botha, M Orie,L Ashley, D Lydiate (capt), O Cracknell, D Baker.

Reps: S Otten, G Thomas, M Fia, S Cross, M Morris, R Morgan-Williams, J Hook, L Klim.

Connacht: D Leader; N Adeolokun, T Farrell, P Robb, J Porch; C Fitzgerald, K Marmion; D Buckley, D Heffernan, D Robertson-McCoy, U Dillane, J Maksymiw, E Masterson, J Butler (capt), P Boyle.

Reps: J Murphy, M Burke, C Kenny, C Gallagher, R Copeland, C Blade, T Daly, S Fitzgerald.

Ref: Marius Mitrea (FIR).

Ospreys v Connacht, Today, 17.15, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, TG4, Premier Sports

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