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Connacht’s European hopes are left hanging by a thread

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Connacht's John Porch who scored their first try in Sunday's European Champions Cup away defeat to Gloucester.

Gloucester 26

Connacht 17

Rob Murphy in Kingshom

THE Champions Cup adventure isn’t quite derailed but the concession of three tries in 15 minutes in Kingsholm on Sunday has placed Connacht firmly in the position of outsider in the race for a place in the quarter finals. A three-point half time lead was erased in ruthless fashion as a misfiring Gloucester turned a stroke of luck into a bonus point victory over Andy Friend’s side.

Connacht don’t win in England all that often, just twice in 21 years of trying now. This was the latest example of an error strewn and flat performance in front of a crowd of over 10,875 at the famous old ground. The Connacht players and staff cut a frustrated bunch as they trudged off the field, into the dressing room and then onto the bus for their late evening Ryanair flight back.

The bus reached Galway in the wee hours of Monday morning, a full nine hours on from the full time whistle in this one. The post mortem on that long journey can’t have been easy. Captain Jared Butler was adamant when he spoke to the media afterwards that it wasn’t a case of heads dropping – after a key error early in the second half gifted the hosts a vital try – it was more down to execution and system errors he argued.

That’s the mindset and it must be excruciating to have to dissect the details of such a performance in the aftermath. The modern player doesn’t consider the collective mood or group personalities, it’s all processes. Fifteen players, each with their individual assignments that contribute to the collective team effort. Their role is crucial, all roles are crucial. It’s the ‘control the controllables’ mindset over the more traditional, all in effort.

Connacht led at half time 10-7 having bounced back brilliantly from the concession of an early try to turn the tie on its head. Tom Marshall had got the opening score for Gloucester, who had turned a lineout steal into a sweeping set of attacking phases that eventually saw the hugely talented New Zealand born full back charge through a gap and sprint home with Danny Cipriani adding the extras.

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Schools and colleges in Galway advised to close for Storm Barra

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Schools in Galway have begun informing parents that they will not open tomorrow, following advice from the Department of Education.

The Dept said this evening that schools, colleges and universities in areas where a Status Orange or Red warning apply for Storm Barra should not open.

A spokesperson said: “Met Éireann has advised that there is a strong possibility that the status of parts of these counties currently in Status Orange are likely to change and escalate to Status Red.

“Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra, as forecast by Met Éireann and to give sufficient notice to institutions of further and higher education, the department is advising that all universities, colleges and further education facilities covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open tomorrow, 7 December.

“All schools and third level institutions should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.”

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Galway Gardaí: ‘Stay at home during Storm Barra’

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Gardaí in Galway have warned people to stay home tomorrow (Tuesday) as Met Éireann forecasted a ‘risk to life’ ahead of Storm Barra’s expected landfall tomorrow morning.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said the City Council was preparing for the ‘high probability’ of coastal flooding.

A combination of tomorrow’s high tides with the forecast high winds and heavy rainfall would likely lead to a flooding event, he said.

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said the best advice available was to stay at home but refused to comment on school closures – advising that was a matter for the Department of Education.

Mr McGrath said a number of meetings between local and national agencies had already taken place, with more set to run throughout the day as preparations got underway for this winter’s first severe weather event.

“High tide is at 6.45am tomorrow morning and at 7.20pm tomorrow evening. There is currently a Red Marine Warning in place for the sea area that includes Galway and an Orange Storm Warning for Storm Barra for 6am Tuesday morning to 6am on Wednesday morning,” said Mr McGrath, adding that it was possible this storm warning could be raised to Red later today.

With high tide at 5.45 metres and a forecast storm surge of 1.05m, the risk of flooding was significant. In addition, winds were currently forecast to be South-West to West, said Mr McGrath, conducive to a flooding event in the city.

“It is potentially problematic . . . the hope would be that the storm surge doesn’t happen at the same time as high tide,” he added.

The flood protection barrier had been installed at Spanish Arch over the weekend and storm gullies had been cleaned. Sandbags were to be distributed throughout the day, said Mr McGrath.

Council staff would be on duty throughout the weather event and Gardaí would be operating rolling road closures from early morning. Carparks in Salthill were closed today, while tow trucks were on standby to remove any vehicles not moved by their owners before the high-risk period.

Chief Supt Curley said it was imperative people stayed home where possible.

The best way to say safe was to “leave the bicycle or the car in the driveway” from early tomorrow morning, and to stay indoors until the worst of the storm had passed.

Met Éireann has warned of potential for flooding in the West, with Storm Barra bringing “severe or damaging gusts” of up to 130km/h.

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday, with southerly winds, later becoming northwesterly, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h possibly higher in coastal areas.

“High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” Met Éireann said.

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Storm Barra to bring coastal flooding and disruption to Galway

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Met Éireann has warned of potential for flooding in the West on Tuesday, with Storm Barra bringing “severe or damaging gusts” of up to 130km/h.

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday, with southerly winds, later becoming northwesterly, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h possibly higher in coastal areas.

“High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” Met Éireann said,

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