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Match Thread; Cheetahs versus Connacht

  • 03-03-2018 1:50pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 12,332 ✭✭✭✭ Losty Dublin


    Live on Sky Sports Action 5:35PM. Cheap viewing for non Sky Sports subscribers for the game is available https://www.nowtv.com/ie/watch-sky-sports-online

    CHEETAHS: C Blommetjies; C Barry, F Venter (capt), N Lee, L Obi; N Marais, Z Mkhabela; O Nche, T van Jaarsveld, J Coetzee; J Basson, R Hugo; P Schoeman, H Venter, U Cassiem. Replacements: J du Toit, C Marais, T Botha, R Bernardo, O Mohoje, T Meyer, F Zeilinga, S Maxano.

    CONNACHT: T O’Halloran; C Kelleher, E Griffin, P Ahki, M Healy; J Carty, C Blade; D Buckley, T McCartney, F Bealham; U Dillane, J Cannon; S O’Brien, J Butler, J Muldoon. Replacements: S Delahunt, D Coulson, D Roberston McCoy, G Thornbury, E Masterson, J Mitchell, C Ronaldson, N Adeolokun.

    Referee: S Berry (South Africa)

    Preview. With most of the weekend Pro 14 matches cancelled, all eyes are on Toyota Stadium this evening for those of us who need a fix of domestic football. Keane's men may well be up against it in the hard first of their two African games, a tour that isn't helped with enforced absences of Aki and Marmion. That said, Dillane is included in the starting 15 while the recall of Pita into the centre along with a strong full back line will offer support for a strong counter attack in what should be an open game.

    For the hosts, a poor tour to Scotland and Wales has left them floundering in what was considered to be the softer of the two P14 pools. That aside, strong home results have seen to it that they are still placed third in the table. A win here is crucial should they have any hope of overtaking Munster in second place in the pool, and it is a result that the bookies are going with as well. I'm inclined to agree with them, but my bread filled gut says that it will be closed than 1/4 odds would suggest. I say 38-29 to the home team.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Good ol' Connaught


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    Sorry that would have annoyed the hell out of me Connacht are the rugby team Connaught are the province


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    Good ol' Connaught


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag


    Expecting a record high attendance in the Free State Stadium today with as many as 60 Connacht fans braving mother nature boosting it to a bumper capacity 200 punter crowd.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,063 ✭✭✭✭ wp_rathead


    Looking forward to this match still getting only 2 minutes of a mention on the Irish rugby podcasts :pac:

    Should be good game, would have liked Niyi to start over Kelleher and no Tom Farrell is a shame


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,304 ✭✭✭ macslash


    Live on Sky Sports Action 5:35PM. Cheap viewing for non Sky Sports subscribers for the game is available https://www.nowtv.com/ie/watch-sky-sports-online

    CHEETAHS: C Blommetjies; C Barry, F Venter (capt), N Lee, L Obi; N Marais, Z Mkhabela; O Nche, T van Jaarsveld, J Coetzee; J Basson, R Hugo; P Schoeman, H Venter, U Cassiem. Replacements: J du Toit, C Marais, T Botha, R Bernardo, O Mohoje, T Meyer, F Zeilinga, S Maxano.

    CONNACHT: T O’Halloran; C Kelleher, E Griffin, P Ahki, M Healy; J Carty, C Blade; D Buckley, T McCartney, F Bealham; U Dillane, J Cannon; S O’Brien, J Butler, J Muldoon. Replacements: S Delahunt, D Coulson, D Roberston McCoy, G Thornbury, E Masterson, J Mitchell, C Ronaldson, N Adeolokun.

    Referee: S Berry (South Africa)

    Preview. With most of the weekend Pro 14 matches cancelled, all eyes are on Toyota Stadium this evening for those of us who need a fix of domestic football. Keane's men may well be up against it in the hard first of their two African games, a tour that isn't helped with enforced absences of Aki and Marmion. That said, Dillane is included in the starting 15 while the recall of Pita into the centre along with a strong full back line will offer support for a strong counter attack in what should be an open game.

    For the hosts, a poor tour to Scotland and Wales has left them floundering in what was considered to be the softer of the two P14 pools. That aside, strong home results have seen to it that they are still placed third in the table. A win here is crucial should they have any hope of overtaking Munster in second place in the pool, and it is a result that the bookies are going with as well. I'm inclined to agree with them, but my bread filled gut says that it will be closed than 1/4 odds would suggest. I say 38-29 to the home team.

    Sorry, this is the only game Connacht are playing on African soil this season. We played the Kings in Galway, and seeing as they are in the other conference, we won't be playing them again. Thanks for the write up though. Connacht abú.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,440 ✭✭✭ The Rape of Lucretia


    Sorry that would have annoyed the hell out of me Connacht are the rugby team Connaught are the province

    Sorry, that would have annoyed the hell out of me. Connacht are is the rugby team, and the province. Connaught are is the province.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,553 ✭✭✭✭ errlloyd


    Expecting a record high attendance in the Free State Stadium today with as many as 60 Connacht fans braving mother nature boosting it to a bumper capacity 200 punter crowd.

    Cheetahs have a higher average attendance than Connacht this season.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,708 ✭✭✭ roundymac


    It's being shown live on Sky Sports @ 5.30.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag


    errlloyd wrote: »
    Cheetahs have a higher average attendance than Connacht this season.

    Must be padding the numbers because you could easily fit everybody there in the College Road end.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Oh christ - not a good start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 995 ✭✭✭ KBurke85


    Poor start from blade bad knock on and asleep there for the try


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Connacht are getting minced here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    10-0 after 10 minutes. Cheetahs are playing some nice stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,764 ✭✭✭ Redo91


    Great to see the line out functioning well again...


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    Cheetahs playing high tempo offloading game, with the altitude we'll struggle to live with it for 60, never mind 80


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag


    We've been giving our chasers no hope at restarts all season. Cheetahs easily get it straight to that Venter lad and he sucks in defenders so handy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag


    Blade and Ahki did brilliantly there


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Ah that was well worked - good try for Healy. That's more like it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,764 ✭✭✭ Redo91


    Didn't realise at first viewing but Blade was very poor that try.

    Great move to get us back in it. 23rd try from Matt in Super Rugby apparently! :P


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  • Registered Users Posts: 995 ✭✭✭ KBurke85


    vienne86 wrote: »
    Ah that was well worked - good try for Healy. That's more like it.

    Lovely move well worked try


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    Nicely worked try!


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Lovely try there, more nice play from TOH. Blade is very good in space today, holds the defense really nicely.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,442 its_phil


    We've been giving our chasers no hope at restarts all season. Cheetahs easily get it straight to that Venter lad and he sucks in defenders so handy.

    I’d say a lot of it is getting used to the ball flying further with the altitude


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    That was absolutely horrible. Knee bent completely backwards.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Very nasty injury on the replay. :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    Healy in again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Oh yes! Another lovely try for Healy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag


    That left wing is doing great stuff. This is the best Ahki has been so far in attack.

    Doing far better than I thought they would so far.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Another lovely try for my favourite team! that are playing this weekend


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