Connacht 2019/20/21

Forum for the discussion of other Teams and Clubs as well as General Rugby chat.

Moderator: moderators

Post Reply
berliner
Beginner
Posts: 14
Joined: December 11th, 2020, 11:01 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by berliner »

Papali’i has signed a contract extension for another year. He's looked a lot leaner recently and has improved both in the tackle and carry. If he can continue on that path, and stay away from the reds, he'll have a big impact.

User avatar
Morf
Rhys Ruddock
Posts: 2422
Joined: April 26th, 2011, 2:20 am

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by Morf »

He needs to get through a summer off going home before you can be too certain though.

sunshiner1
Mullet
Posts: 1005
Joined: October 13th, 2014, 9:07 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by sunshiner1 »

Anyone know where the Connacht rugby fans talk? Just had a look on the Connacht clan site and it's fairly pathetic. Shame, that was a vibrant site a few years ago.

User avatar
Avenger
Seán Cronin
Posts: 3472
Joined: February 9th, 2006, 3:57 pm
Location: lost in thought; it's unfamiliar territory...

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by Avenger »

The Munster crowd say similar about us 🤣
“The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.” - JOHN MADDEN
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

berliner
Beginner
Posts: 14
Joined: December 11th, 2020, 11:01 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by berliner »

sunshiner1 wrote:
May 6th, 2021, 10:14 am
Anyone know where the Connacht rugby fans talk? Just had a look on the Connacht clan site and it's fairly pathetic. Shame, that was a vibrant site a few years ago.
Most active place I've seen is the thread on Boards:
https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthr ... 8&page=148

scentofgunpowder
Bookworm
Posts: 139
Joined: April 15th, 2016, 6:09 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by scentofgunpowder »

sunshiner1 wrote:
May 6th, 2021, 10:14 am
Anyone know where the Connacht rugby fans talk? Just had a look on the Connacht clan site and it's fairly pathetic. Shame, that was a vibrant site a few years ago.
The Connacht Clan forum used to be great, but it was completely redesigned a few years ago and died immediately after, not really sure why. The boards thread is decent but is unfortunately on boards so not without the usual detritus that inhabit that godforsaken site. I pop in here because the discussion is generally well balanced and it's interesting to get the perspective of non-Connacht fans.

On Papali'i, I'm personally delighted he's staying. We've been desperate for a carrier for years and we've finally gotten one. Even by the high standards of massive Polynesians he is ferocious. I will never get bored of watching him steamroll defenders, it's not something us Connacht fans are used to seeing. Seems to have a good attitude too and has improved in most facets; namely tackle technique, ball protection, and fitness. I especially enjoyed his break through the ruck last week as coming from league it's obviously a completely new skill that he has picked up by watching the likes of Paul Boyle and Caelan Doris and added to his own game.

The next stage of his career will involve being double and triple tackled every time he touches the ball, so he will need to add a passing/offloading wrinkle to his arsenal. His disciplinary record could be a real issue too as any further reds would lead to a lengthy suspension.

sunshiner1
Mullet
Posts: 1005
Joined: October 13th, 2014, 9:07 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by sunshiner1 »

Thanks fellas.

berliner
Beginner
Posts: 14
Joined: December 11th, 2020, 11:01 pm

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by berliner »

Roux's departure is a body blow for Connacht. The problem isn't about second row personnel as such. Murray has come on very well, Dowling and Prendergast show much promise, and Thornbury and Dillane are excellent, but they haven't the enforcement capacity that Roux has shown. The province is also critically short on leadership experience and needed him for this as much as his physical attributes.

I am concerned that if the basic weaknesses in Connacht's game are not dealt with (maul, jackal turnovers) next season could turn very nasty and result in a player exodus. Notice of this risk was served some months ago when Carty and Bealham signed one year contracts, presumably keeping their options open. Worrying.

Lastly, I find it difficult to believe that he wasn't going to get any more caps, or are we to presume that this is implicit in the refusal of the IRFU to get involved a la Zebo? After Ryan/Henderson, who is next in the depth chart? Based on recent performances, Baird looks premature to me. Beirne is more comfortable at flanker. Dillane is more in the Ryan vein. So who am i missing? Seems to me Quinn would have been one injury off an Ireland team for the next year or two.
Last edited by berliner on May 10th, 2021, 8:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Ruckedtobits
Shane Jennings
Posts: 5342
Joined: April 10th, 2011, 10:23 am

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Post by Ruckedtobits »

berliner wrote:
May 10th, 2021, 4:36 pm
Roux's departure is a body blow for Connacht. The problem isn't about second row personnel as such. Murray has come on very well, Dowling and Prendergast show much promise, and Thornbury and Dillane are excellent, but they haven't the enforcement capacity that Roux has shown. The province is also critically short on leadership experience and needed him for this as much as his physical attributes.

I am concerned that if the basic weaknesses in Connacht's game are not dealt with (maul, jackal turnovers) next season could turn very nasty and result in a player exodus. Notice of this risk was served some months ago Carty and Bealham signed one year contracts, presumably keeping their options open. Worrying.

Lastly, I find it difficult to believe that he wasn't going to get any more caps, or are we to presume that this is implicit in the refusal of the IRFU to get involved a la Zebo? After Ryan/Henderson, who is next in the depth chart? Based on recent performances, Baird looks premature to me. Beirne is more comfortable at flanker. Dillane is more in the Ryan vein. So who am i missing? Seems to me Quinn would have been one injury off an Ireland team for the next year or two.
+1
Roux's decision is comparable to some Nationally contracted players only signing on for a one-year stint, possibly because what's on offer here is less than previously. It's a delicate time but players have only one career so they are right to take the opportunity overseas if that's what's going to put bread on the table and allow them to put some away for the future.

Roux has paid his dues, both to Connacht and Ireland, and will be a valuable asset to Toulon or where ever. Personally, I'd have been delighted to have him back in Leinster where he could have done a job alongside James Ryan at the highest level games.

Baird is a distance off a top class second-row for an 80 minute role. Perhaps Jack Dunne may fill out and accumulate the experience. For the present Dev & Ross Molony will share the burden alongside James Ryan for big games next season. It won't worry any opponents nor increase the challenge we present in major competitions, but that's the reality as we stand.

Post Reply