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Connacht’s most successful rugby player Eric Elwood is tipped to take over the reins from Michael Bradley next season.
Connacht learned that a good start was half the battle when they overcame the Scarlets to record their second win of the Magners League.
•Anthony Testa of West Coast Wheelers had a storming ride in the second round of the Kearney Cycles Connacht Mountain Bike League in Westport on Sunday when he rode to victory in the Experts’ class, beating Connacht champion Padraig Marrey (Western Lakes CC) into second place. The race was over five rounds and Testa was well ahead after three but then was passed by Marrey when his chain broke. Amazingly he sorted out the chain, set off in pursuit, and was first to cross the line two laps later, aided by Marrey having his own mechanical problems. The next round is in Derroura, outside Oughterard, on November 22.
Connacht Rugby could soon be boosted by the addition of a Super 14 backrow player from New Zealand.
Galwegians are expected to be back in action on Sunday to contest their AIB Cup quarter-final that was postponed last Saturday.
While the weather ruled out all club matches last weekend, it was nevertheless a historic weekend for both the Buccaneers club and Sean Cronin, when the upcoming hooker made his debut at Senior level for Ireland in the comprehensive victory over Fiji at the storm-lashed RDS, Dublin, last Saturday evening.
The odds may be stacked against Connacht when they face Cardiff at the new Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday (3pm), but they will travel with confidence and a greater sense of belief.
Buccaneers face AIB Cup holders Ballynahinch for the first time at home in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on December 5, when the sides clash in a crunch AIB League division 1B encounter kicking off at 2.30pm. Even though the season has not yet reached the halfway stage, this a game that both clubs absolutely must win.
Connacht’s inability to pick up losing bonus points is proving critical in their Magners League campaign.
Unbeaten in their European campaign with two vital on the road victories, Connacht are injecting some deserved impetus into their season.