12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
After their winning start to the Magners League season, Connacht coach Michael Bradley wants his players to approach their six-match league run at the Sportsground "one game at a time."
Friday night's encouraging win at Netherdale, which maintained the province's record of having won their opening match every year since the league began in 2001, came against a Border Reivers side which contained 12 internationals, including the entire pack.
Bradley said: "We had to work hard for the win. They put us under a lot of pressure early on but we maintained our composure. The important thing was that we kept upping our performance levels as the game went on and in the end this is what won the match for us."
Connacht, having trailed 9-6 at the break, hit the front with a 47th-minute try from Gavin Williams, while his centre partner Paul Warwick sealed the win late on with a drop goal and a superb try.
"It was a great team performance but the displays of Mark McHugh at out-half and Andrew Farley up front were crucial. We needed composure behind the scrum and Mark obliged, and when we needed to stem their early dominance up front, Andrew led the way," added the former Ireland scrum half.
...Andrew Farley in action against Ulster last season...
"You need guys to stand out like that. It may be someone else the next day, but I was very happy with the way they performed."
Bradley was also pleased with the debut performances of hooker Adrian Flavin and prop Brett Wilkinson, and is hopeful that an injury-free run will see his charges build momentum.
"We are now going to be at home for our next six games, starting next Friday against the Ospreys. Hopefully, we can build a bit of momentum and get the crowds behind us, but we will take it one game at a time," he said.