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It is a win that may mean different things to different people, but for the collective Connacht Rugby, it will go down in history.
Connacht coach Eric Elwood and his management team are challenging Connacht to raise the bar again when they host the Scarlets in their first home match of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 on Saturday (3.15pm). With 3,000 season tickets already sold, and buoyed by Connacht’s hard-fought win over Treviso in last weekend's opener, Elwood says it is important his team builds on that momentum, particularly for this first home fixture. “We are very much driven this year to push on from last year, so it is one game down and 20 game to go. Treviso is behind us and now it is all systems go for Scarlets. This is our first home match, there is pressure on the boys - on all of us - but that’s what we thrive on and all that mattes is four points.” Elwood says his team is not getting carried away by last weekend's victory, but believes the supporters appreciate the value of a win in Treviso. "People realise how hard it is to get a win in Treviso and, given the conditions with temperatures in the mid thirties, we deserved the victory. People will now come on Saturday expecting another big performance and even another win, and it's up to us to deliver it." Elwood is unlikely to make any changes to his starting XV, but will welcome the return of prop Brett Wilkinson on the replacement benches. Wilkinson’s return from injury will be a big boost for the front row which will once again will be tested against a Scarlets outfit that destroyed Aironi last week.
Connacht coach Eric Elwood and his management team are challenging Connacht to raise the bar again when they host the Scarlets in their first home match of the RaboDirect Pro 12 on Saturday (3.15pm).
Connacht Rugby returns to action tomorrow (6.30pm) after the summer break with the first of two pre-season friendlies to be played at the Galway Sportsground.
•The Galway Lawn Tennis Club hosts an open day on Saturday (June 26) from 12 noon to 5pm. Newcomers can sample the range of facilities available at the Threadneedle Road club, including trying out tennis, squash, and badminton with coaches available for all three sports. The club also offers an extensive range of facilities, including a sauna/steam room, personal training, indoor bowls, pool and table tennis, aerobics, chess, golf outings, and salsa and dance classes. Special membership rates are available on the day. Visitors are asked to bring a pair of runners.