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Ponty Tackle Connacht

Ponty Tackle Connacht

Connacht crashed out of the Celtic League at the quarter-final stage against Munster and now have the PARKER PEN CHALLENGE CUP as their only chance of silverware this season. But they are short of match practice – last weekend’s 25-3 defeat in the friendly against fellow Irish province Leinster was their only game since they overcame Narbonne over two legs to make it to the final eight.

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Pontypridd, last year’s PARKER PEN SHEILD runners-up blew Connacht away with a 40-0 victory in the Celtic League in Galway last October. Since qualifying for the quarter-finals they beat Heineken Cup sides Cardiff (12-10) and Neath (29-20), but came unstuck at home against Ebbw Vale at home last weekend.

The ‘Valley Commandoes’ stunned English side Leeds Tykes with a 3-1 victory on match points over two legs to make it to the final eight and they will be seeking to make it a double over the Irish province . The first leg of the game will be played in Athlone.

Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Bryant, E Lewis; N Jenkins, P John; G Jenkins, M Davies (capt), D Bell, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, M Owen
Replacements: C Sweeney, G Baber, S James, S Cronk, M Rees, N Kelly, W O’Connor

Connacht: M McHugh; G Duffy, D Yapp, S Moore (capt), W Munn; E Elwood, E Reddan; R McCormack, J Flannery, P Bracken, D Browne, R Frost, M Swift, C Rigney, J O’Connor
Replacements: D McFarland, M Uijs, E Peter4s, J Muldoon, C Keane, M McPhail, J Norton

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