Conor Oliver: Preview to Glasgow

20 April 2023

Conor Oliver: Preview to Glasgow

Last weekend Connacht beat Cardiff 38-19, the winning result meaning Connacht secured their URC playoff spot. The win keeps the momentum going in the domestic compeition, six wins in a row for Andy Friend's side as they look to extend that this weekend in Scotstoun against Glasgow.

One man who put in another massive shift at the weekend was flanker Conor Oliver. The 27 year old has been in try scoring form with three tries in his last three games. He spoke ahead of this Saturday's final round game.

"We're sixth in the table thanks to our form in the last six games which has seen us win everyone of those game and getting five bonus point wins on top of that" said Oliver

"Yeah we have momentum behind us but every game brings on a new challenge and we can't expect last weekends performance to be good enough to win this weekend, we need to adapt and be better"

"As a team we've grown in these last few months and we have real belief in what we're doing"

Both Connacht and Glasgow know they have another day out after this weekend with a last eight tie, but who they will face is yet to be decided. Rankings as well as Champions Cup rugby are still up in the air and that will have the mind focused for both teams this Saturday.

"There's a bit of pressure alright as we want to play Champions Cup rugby next season and I'd be lying if I didn't say there was the pressure but that's what the business end of the season is all about, pressure and how each team deals with it"

The Scottish side are safe knowing they will have a home quarter final spot in the playoffs but Oliver doesn't expect Glasgow to drop their tools and expects a big physical effort to win this game.

"I think when our pack performs well it definitely ignites the whole team and we know this weekend we need to bring it"

"I think you see in those big physical games that we embrace those challenges like we did with Edinburgh and Cardiff last weekend"

"Its a contact sport and you need to be ready for those big moments and hits"

"Past games against Glasgow have been extremely tough and we expect the same again"

The Connacht team to take on Glasgow will be announced tomorrow.