After the disappointment of missing out on a much-needed win over Ulster last week, Connacht have a chance to bounce back when they take on a high-flying Glasgow Warriors side at the Sportsground on Friday (kick-off 6.30pm).
Connacht coach Michael Bradley was disappointed with the 30-13 loss to Ulster, especially after Connacht forged 10-6 ahead, early in the second half, when centre Danny Riordan got the game’s opening try.
“We needed to build on that but they responded with a try almost immediately. We made a couple of mistakes which we shouldn’t have made and we let them back into the game quite cheaply.
“We played well and could have gone on and won it but we were not as good at the breakdown and paid the price. We need to pick it up next week when we take on Glasgow,” admitted Bradley.
“We’re aware that Glasgow are playing good rugby but the fact we are at home is a big factor in our favour.
“We’re frustrated by our own lack of success in the Ulster match but that was our first loss at home this season and we’re want to put the record straight.”
Bradley and his assistant Eric Elwood are waiting on fitness reports on a number of players – including hooker John Fogarty and lock David Gannon – before he names his matchday squad on Wednesday.
Next Friday’s match at the Sportsground has been paired with the all-ticket clash the following Friday at home to Newcastle Falcons in the European Challenge Cup. A ticket to the two games will cost just €;25.
Fiona Keys, Connacht Rugby commercial manager, said there was big demand already for tickets for the Newcastle game and that it was decided to pair the fixture with the key Glasgow Warriors match the previous week.
“Basically, for a total of €;25, supporters will be able to come to see two great games of rugby and we are all looking forward to the matches.
“Of course, season ticket holders will not need to purchase a ticket for either match and they will gain admission with their season tickets,” she said.
Tickets are currently on sale from Ticketmaster and admission prices for the two games are:
Ground Ticket = €;25
Enclosed = €;35
Senior/Student = €;20
Junior = €;10
Under-7s = complimentary