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Connacht should have enough to topple much-changed Treviso

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Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun and Kieran Marmion and Gavin Evans of Cardiff Blues only have eyes for the ball in last Friday's game in the Sportsground.

As the dust continues to settle from last weekend’s home draw with Cardiff, the focus within the Connacht camp is now very much on this Friday’s trip to eastern Italy for a clash with Benetton Treviso at the Strada Di Nascimben (7pm Irish time).

The Pro12 season is a long slog from September to May and the hunt for a top six spot and European qualification has a lot of twists and turns ahead, but three points slipped away at the weekend as the westerners went from searching for a bonus point fourth try to letting a 14 point lead slip in 12 minutes against the wily visitors from the Welsh capital.

A great antidote for healing such wounds is another game within a week, as the team will have had little time to dwell on the missed opportunities. Pat Lam’s side will be targeting another four points this weekend against a Treviso side that are a pale shadow of the team which won 10 games two seasons ago and seemed on the cusp of a real breakthrough.

The turnover of players in the Treviso camp has been remarkable during the off-season. No less than 19 players left with 21 players coming in as the club came to terms with a different financial climate and a mass reduction in their budgets.

Key men have left such as Robert Barbieri (Leicester), Matthew Berquist (Hawkes Bay) Tobias Botes (Southern Kings), Lorenzo Cittadini (Wasps), Albert D Marchi (Sale) Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester), Luke McClearn (Sale) and Manoa Vosawai (Cardiff).

It is hard to fathom how they can recover from such an exodus of key frontline talent and the start to the season has reflected as much as they’ve lost all five games by an average margin of 25 points per game, scoring six tries and conceding a jaw-dropping 24.

The population of Treviso is roughly similar to Galway and minority sports are prominent with basketball also hugely popular. It is very much a rugby stronghold in Italy and unlike Parma where Zebre (the country’s other professional franchise) are based, the people of the region have embraced professional rugby from day one.

However, right now crowds are low as this hastily-assembled and very much depleted squad attempts to find some sort of level footing to kick start what should be a difficult rebuilding phase. They have fallen well behind Zebre in the pecking order which leaves them a long way further adrift of the main pack.

The problem for Connacht is that this is round six and the signs of improvement are now emanating from home team. The league leaders Glasgow discovered this last weekend leading only 19-16 at the break before eventually pulling clear after half time for a 41-23 win. Outside centre Michael Campagnaro, who has nine caps for Italy, scored two tries, Australian full back Jayden Hayward was accurate with the boot.

The other strengths for Treviso hail in the pack where 20-cap Italian David Giazzon will be strong at hooker; lock Antonio Pavanello will disrupt the Connacht lineout; and 26 year old Italian international flanker Simon Favaro will be a key man in the back row. Scrum half Edoardo Gori has 34 caps for Italy and marshals the troops well.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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