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All the odds are stacked against the home side when Connacht face league leaders Glasgow Warriors tomorrow lunchtime in the Galway Sportsground. Continuing injuries have robbed Pat Lam of 13 members of his 40-strong squad - the smallest in the Pro 12 League - and when up against a Scottish team that boasts 37 players with international experience, the challenge facing Connacht is as daunting as ever.
All the odds are stacked against the home side when Connacht face league leaders Glasgow Warriors on Saturday (1.05pm) at the Galway Sportsground.
In a testing week for Connacht, both on and off the field, Pat’s Lam squad now faces the most difficult challenge against title-chasing Ulster on Saturday (2.40pm).
Connacht Rugby and Pat Lam will welcome the two-week break from Pro 12 action after a frustrating and controversial loss to Cardiff at the weekend.
After two visits to Wales in the Pro 12, Connacht look forward to their return to the Sportsground (Sunday 5.15pm) and the opportunity to consolidate their top six position.
Connacht, maintaining sixth place in this season’s Guinness Pro 12 League, enter a crunch period that could well determine their European qualification hopes.
Connacht should be heading to their pre-Christmas interprovincial with Leinster in Dublin tonight with momentum and confidence, while also treating this Pro 12 fixture with Leinster as their “international”.
Connacht head to Dublin for tomorrow’s pre-Christmas interprovincial with Leinster with momentum and confidence, while also treating this Pro 12 fixture with Leinster as their “international”.
Pat Lam is expected to make a number of changes to Connacht’s travelling squad to France for the second of the back-to-back European Challenge Cup fixtures with Bayonne.
By Linley MacKenzie