Disappointed Elwood points to overall picture

Connacht signed off with a best place finish in this season’s RaboDirect Pro12 League but Eric Elwood won’t be happy with this performance.

An eighth place finish, ahead of the Dragons, Treviso, Edinburgh and Aironi, ensured a second successive league improvement for Connacht.

“Disappointed to finish with a poor performance, ” said Elwood, “but, as I said to the boys, they must be congratulated for their entire season’s work which achieved eighth place.

Unbeaten against Glasgow in their last four outings, Connacht were on the back foot for long periods against an emotionally charged Warriors in their last game at Firhill before moving to Scotstown. With an 11-3 half-time lead, they grabbed control in the second half and tore Connacht apart.

Now departing coach Sean Lineen says he is planning more assault — on Leinster next Saturday.

“We have played against Leinster and we have beaten them, but they are the yardstick in Europe at the moment. It will be incredibly tough, they have fantastic squad and have rested played this week, so we need to make sure we give it everything.

CONNACHT: G Duffy, K Tonetti, E Griffin, H Fa’afili, T O’Halloran M Nikora, F Murphy, D Buckley, A Flavin, R Loughney, M Swift, M McCarthy, J Muldoon, J O’Connor, G Naoupu.

Replacements: R Ah You for Buckley (51), R Ofisa for O’Connor (54), M Jarvis for Nikora (56), J Loxton for O’Halloran (56), P Donohoe for Murphy (63), S Maguire for Loughney (65), M Kearney for Swift (65), D Murphy for Flavin (72).

GLASGOW WARRIORS: S Hogg, F Aramburu, A Dunbar, G Morrison, DTH van der Merwe, D Weir, H Pyrgos, J Welsh, D Hall, M Low, T Ryder, R Gray, R Harley, C Fusaro, J Barclay.

Replacements: P MacArthur for Hall (51), R Grant for Welsh (51), A Kellock for Gray (60), C Cusiter for Pyrgos, C Jackson for Weir, C Shaw for Van der Merwe, M Cusack for Low (all 61), C Forrester for Fusaro (69).

Referee: P Fitzgibbon (Ireland).


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