Elwood frustrated by Connacht’s poor form

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has admitted that he is concerned after seeing his charges going down 17-6 to the Ospreys at home on Saturday.

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has admitted that he is concerned after seeing his charges going down 17-6 to the Ospreys at home on Saturday.

Connacht could not overcome an Ospreys side that was missing 18 players due to international duty and injuries. Tries from Matthew Morgan and Sonny Parker opened up a lead the home team could not claw back.

The result made it seven consecutive defeats in all competitions for Connacht and Elwood admits the players and coaches are getting increasingly frustrated with the poor run of form.

"We're not in a happy place at the moment. We're putting good phases of play together but then turn it over or are just not finishing the chances. That's frustrating and we need to learn from game to game.

"There are games every week now so you need to take the lesson from one and correct it for the next, so all our attention is on Treviso next week.

"It's tough, but things are never easy here. We targeted this one and we are disappointed to get nothing for our big effort. We just have to dust ourselves down and get ready - it's all we can do. It's our job.”

Connacht find themselves ninth in the RaboDirect PRO 12 and bottom of the Heineken Cup’s Pool 6 where they have yet to register their first point.

Elwood knows that if his team can’t cut out the basic errors they made last weekend they will continue to struggle against the calibre of opposition they encounter in both competitions.

"It's disappointing. We gave away two soft scores and when we got into the opposition '22', we lost the ball six or seven times in contact.

"If you get chances like that, you've got to take them. We have to be more clinical, more ruthless and more physical."

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