Despite the agonising two-point loss to Scarlets last Sunday, Connacht recorded their fourth successive try bonus point and became the first side in the league this season to do so. Pat Lam’s men remain in seventh place on the table and while a top 6 finish becomes all the more difficult to attain, it is not impossible and there is still plenty to play for in the remaining four fixtures where the goal of a best ever league finish is in reach.

While attention turns to the Heineken Cup quarter finals, there is a week’s break in the PRO12 but training continues at the Sportsground in Galway as the squad prepare for the trip to Ravenhill next Friday, April 11th.

Before that, however, Connacht’s ‘A’ side, the Connacht Eagles, will welcome annual Russian visitors Enisei STM to Galway this Saturday, April 5th, for a ‘friendly’ encounter at 2pm.

There were no major injury concerns arising from the Connacht camp last weekend. Substitute flanker Andrew Browne left the field at Parc y Scarlets after 10 minutes with a low-grade calf strain. The Galway man is making good progress and is expected to resume training this week.

Mick Kearney was also replaced due to a small shoulder complaint but the 23-year-old, who will earn his 50th Connacht cap on his next appearance, will return to full training next week.

Academy back Dave Panter sustained an injury to his AC joint while in action for his club Galway Corinthians at the weekend. The 21-year-old is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks.

Forwards Aaron Conneely (hamstring) and Conor Kindregran (ankle) remain unavailable to play for the Eagles after picking up injuries with their respective clubs Corinthians and Buccaneers last month.

Meanwhile, winger Matt Healy (hamstring) and outhalf Craig Ronaldson (groin) continue their rehab in the hope of making a return to training in the coming weeks.

The Eagles’team to face Enisei STM will be named on Friday.

Connacht Eagles v Enisei STM
At the Sportsground, 2pm.


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