Pete Wilkins: Preview to Glasgow

19 April 2023

Pete Wilkins: Preview to Glasgow

Its the final round of the BKT United Rugby Championship regular season and Connacht travel to Scotland where they take on Glasgow in Scotstoun this Saturday, kick-off 7.35pm.

After beating Cardiff in The Sportsground on Saturday it now stretches Connacht's winning run to six games unbeaten. Last Saturday's win made sure the men from the West would be guaranteed a top eight finish in the URC and that has the camp in high spirits as they get ready for the challenge of Glasgow.

"The mood around the camp is very positive" said Connacht Head coach Pete Wilkins.

"There is massive satisfaction in making the playoffs with a game to spare"

"We had a tough start to the season in terms of the fixtures and the results we had but we were confident that if we kept improving and kept on growing as a team we'd be where we'd want to be and that's the playoffs"

"To secure that playoff spot with a game to spare shows how far we've come but we haven't finished the job yet"

While a place in the last eight of the URC is secured, a place in next seasons Champions Cup is still one which Connacht hope to get.

"We want to be playing Champions Cup rugby next season and there's a plenty of what could happens going on where one result could change so much"

"The bottom line is we need to win this weekend"

Glasgow come into the game having already secured a home playoff spot but they also have a big European semi-final coming up. Could we see an under strength Glasgow side and if so how does Pete Wilkins and the squad prepare for that?

"I'm expecting them to be full strength"

"I don't think this is a dead rubber for them as they could still get to third in the table"

"Either way, I think they are too proud a team at home to take their foot off the gas this weekend"

This week Connacht announced former Leinster and Australia star Scott Fardy would be joining the club as defence coach next season.

"First and foremost he understands what it takes to win and not just in terms of performance at the weekend but also in terms preparation from Monday to Friday that goes into getting a team ready to win"

"He's seen winning in all different scenarios which is massive"

'He's in the early stages of his coaching career in terms of his own development but talking to him in around defence and coachinhg I know he will add massive value so I'm looking forward to working with him"