Connacht's Denis Buckley wary of Treviso threat

Connacht prop Denis Buckley says it would be foolish to look past lowly Treviso even with Champions Cup rugby on the horizon.

Connacht are top of Pool 2 in Europe ahead of their crucial back to back games against Wasps, beginning at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday week.

But tomorrow they host Treviso in the PRO12, and the champions are badly in need of a win to back up their victory against Cardiff Blues last weekend.

Coming into that game, Connacht had lost against Leinster and Dragons, and they are still only eighth in the standings.

Buckley, 26, made his 100th appearance for the province in their win at the Sportsground and the Roscommon native revealed that Connacht are focused solely on the Italians this weekend.

“We have certainly started to look at Wasps a little bit, but first and foremost Treviso are coming this week and we know what they are capable of,” said Buckley. “They have a good physical forward pack and we will have to improve a little bit on last week to win that game first.”

The Creggs clubman picked up a knee injury in the win at home to Edinburgh and missed the victories over Ulster, Toulouse, and Zebre.

He returned to full-fitness for the 18-7 win over Cardiff and said it was a tremendous honour to reach the 100-cap marker. The former Ireland underage talent, made his debut for Connacht in 2011-12 and is in his sixth season as part of the senior set-up.

“I am proud of it, I didn’t envisage reaching 100 caps when I started out here. The last few weeks has been spent preparing to try and put in a good performance and to try and transition back into the team, and play to a standard that we want.

“I am glad to get back playing. I am happy to get through the game with no injuries, and most importantly to get a win. We got through Cardiff, it wasn’t perfect but we did some good stuff. And it gives us some momentum going into Treviso. We have to win that game and then we can park the PRO12 and prepare for Wasps.”


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