What looked like a promising season made a tough turn for Connacht, a province that currently ranks 10th in the United Rugby Championship table with four wins in 10 games.
Andy Friend’s wards have lost in their last four rebound games through the URC and the Champions Cup [Ulster and Glasgow in the URC, Stade Francais and Leicester in Europe]and head to the next block of fixtures, knowing that they need a serious improvement in shape if they want to climb the table again.
This weekend they return to URC action with a trip to play Scarlets on Saturday to secure their first away win of the season.
“Everyone knows we need a win, but as we get there, so do we play,” said prostitute Dave Heffernan.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve let ourselves down a bit because of the way we played, so we weren’t too stopped at talking about winning. We want to go back to how we played about a month ago when we were a real threat of attack.
To be fair to Pete (Wilkins, head coach), he identified many things we could improve on and gave us effective work in our attack. There is a lot of room for improvement here, over the last few weeks we have gone bad. That’s what we’re going to focus on, not talk about winning. We all know we need to win, but we do it. ”
Konacht’s last victory took place at home in Munster on New Year’s Eve. Since then, they have managed to push hard against both Stade Frances and Leicester in European games against each other, in both cases creating healthy advantages, but ultimately failing.
“They’re big, big teams, and they posed a physical problem,” Heffernan continues.
“I wouldn’t say we were shocked by this, but ahead, especially in the European Games, we’ve probably let ourselves down a bit. Leicester and Stade followed us, our fight in the URC went well, but when we got stronger in those European games, they cut us a little. Dewald (Senecal, coach of forwards) did a very hard job to get us back there with our fight. ”
The prostitute is one of Connacht’s two players – Jack Carty – the second – released from Ireland camp this week when the six nations take a short break.
Heffernan last met against the United States last July.
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Due to the injury of Rob Herring of Ulster, Heffernan was called up to Andy Farrell’s team as a cover before last weekend’s trip to France – where starting prostitute Ronan Kelleher was also injured – and the 31-year-old wants to add six caps to his test. the last of which was against the US last July.
This weekend is a timely opportunity for Heffern to show off some form before the last three rounds of the six nations ’matches.
“That’s exactly what I’m going to do, I’m dying to get back to playing. Since Christmas for me it has stopped a bit. The more rugby I can do, the better. Hopefully I will be able to lay out everything possible.
“There’s really strong competition in Hooker (with Ireland), each of the guys who are there (Kelleher and Dan Sheehan) bringing their strength into it.
“I just need to get my game back for Konacht consistently and get the ball. My possession is one of my best attributes, and that’s something I’ll try to work on in the next few games, maximize ball possession and be solid on the net. ”
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