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Pressure mounts on Connacht Rugby to deliver a winning performance when Cardiff Blues arrive at the Galway Sportsground on Saturday (3.15pm). Cardiff, without a win this season, will take heart from fellow Welsh outfit Dragons, whose fighting performance saw them romp to victory over Kieran Keane's side last weekend. However this week Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy says Connacht are in a better place having completed the review of that 21-8 defeat to Bernard Jackman's side.
Pressure mounts on Connacht Rugby to deliver a winning performance when Cardiff Blues arrive at the Galway Sportsground on Saturday (3.15pm).
Exciting times for rugby in Connacht. A new coach, new season, and a revamped PRO 14 Championship.
Pat Lam, the former Connacht Rugby coach is the man who taught Connacht Rugby how to turn dreams into reality - the Pro 12 trophy is the most tangible evidence. Every coach wants to make that difference, to achieve success on the pitch. Lam has fulfilled that brief, and ultimately has left Connacht Rugby in a better place.
Connacht have a real opportunity to pull off a season-saving performance in Saturday's crunch Champions Cup play-off against Northampton in England.
Possibly - and hopefully - not Connacht's last home fixture this season, but Saturday is the final Pro 12 game in the Galway Sportsground, and most probably their last as the champions.
e on the line in this next block of four Guinness Pro 12 fixtures, starting on Saturday with an away fixture to Glasgow Warriors. And to make the task that more challenging for the title holders, it involves three away fixtures on the bounce, starting with the 2015 champions, and finishing with a home game against Leinster.
European disappointment behind them, Connacht return to Guinness Pro 12 action with a singleminded ambition to win, win, and win, in order to qualify for Champions Cup rugby again next season.
One seasonal ambition missed; another big one remaining. Connacht's exit from the European Champions Cup is tough to take, but it will be even harder if Connacht fail to be back in the competition next season.
Captain John Muldoon has announced another year in his tenure at Galway Sportsground on the week Connacht fight for a first Champions Cup quarter-final.