Connacht coach Eric Elwood is hoping that his side will bounce back from last weekend’s loss to Scarlets when they face the Ospreys at the Sportsground tonight (7.45).
Elwood was disappointed by the way his players lost out in the physicality stakes against the Welsh outfit, while acknowledging that tonights opposition are an even stronger unit and will be difficult to break down:
“Ospreys are a quality side and will be looking to give some of their internationals game time, which will make it more difficult for us obviously. At the same time we have to focus on ourselves. Our discipline was poor against Scarlets and we have to improve there. And we have to be more physical and compete better at the breakdown.”
Connacht welcome back 19-year-old full-back Robbie Henshaw who was released to the Ireland U-20 side for their win over England last weekend. Tiernan O’Halloran, who played at full-back last week, switches to the right-wing slot and try-scorer Danie Poolman replaces Fetu’u Vainikolo on the left wing.
Kyle Tonetti retains the No 12 shirt and joins Eoin Griffin in the centre. Connacht have won just four Pro12 games this season and are third from bottom in the table.