PRO12 Preview: Edinburgh v Connacht

05 April 2017

PRO12 Preview: Edinburgh v Connacht
Connacht make the trip to Myreside on Friday night where Pat Lam’s men will be looking to rebound from their loss away to Zebre last weekend. An Irish victory on Scottish soil would all but end Edinburgh Rugby’s mathematical hopes of making the Champions Cup play-offs depending on how Cardiff Blues get on against Ulster Rugby.

See the latest squad update here.

Did you know?

  • Connacht have slipped to back-to-back away defeats in the Guinness PRO12 at Glasgow and at Zebre, but did win twice in Scotland last season, over Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield and against Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 final at the same venue.

  • Connacht have won their last three matches against Edinburgh since the Scotsmen were victorious in Galway in January 2015.

  • Edinburgh Rugby have lost their last six Guinness PRO12 matches since losing to Zebre in Parma on 31 December.

  • Edinburgh's only victory since their return to Myreside was 49-3 over Timisoara in the European Challenge Cup on 20 January.

  •  Connacht have never visited Myreside before.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record: Played 28, Edinburgh won 14, Connacht won 12 and 2 games drawn.

Friday, April 7

Edinburgh v Connacht, Myreside, 7.35pm (Live on TG4 & BBC Alba)
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU, 7th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (WRU), Lloyd Linton (SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)

DateVenueECEdinburgh scorersConnacht scorers
Sat 15 Feb 14Sportsground711Roddy Grant(T) Carl Bezuidenhout(C)Dan Parks(P) Michael Swift(T) Craig Ronaldson(P)
Fri 12 Sep 14BT Murrayfield1314Cornell du Preez(T) Tom Heathcote(C/2P)Willie Faloon(T) Darragh Leader(3P)
Fri 9 Jan 15Sportsground1613David Denton(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/3P)Miah Nikora(C/2P) Penalty Try(T)
Sat 31 Oct 15Sportsground914Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(2P) Blair Kinghorn(P)Tiernan O'Halloran(T) Jack Carty(3P)
Fri 4 Mar 16BT Murrayfield2328Chris Dean(T) Cornell du Preez(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/2P) Damien Hoyland(T)Eoin McKeon(T) Aj MacGinty(T/C) Jake Heenan(T) Bundee Aki(T) Craig Ronaldson(3C)
Fri 30 Sep 16Sportsground1528Mike Allen(T) Grant Gilchrist(T) Jason Tovey(C/P)Jack Carty(C/2P) Quinn Roux(T) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Cian Kelleher(T) Peter Robb(T)


Weekend Fixtures

Friday, April 7: Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht Rugby (7.35pm, BBC ALBA/TG4); Ulster Rugby v Cardiff Blues (7.35pm, BBC Northern Ireland/BBC Wales).

Saturday, April 8: Zebre Rugby v Newport-Gwent Dragons (2.30pm, Eurosport); Ospreys Rugby v Leinster Rugby (3pm, Sky Sports); Scarlets v Benetton Rugby Treviso (7.35pm, S4C); Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors (7.35pm, TG4/BBC ALBA).

View the Guinness PRO12 table here.

Early Bird Season Tickets for the 2017/18 season are on sale until 5pm on April 30.