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Saturday 18th February 19:35 GMT

 

It will take something of a rugby miracle for the reigning RaboDirect PRO12 Champions Connacht, to qualifying for the post-season play-offs, and a chance to defend their hard won title. The Irishmen are in eighth position in the table going into this weekend's fixtures, with 25 points from the 13 fixtures that they have played. They are 19 points adrift of the Scarlets who are holding onto fourth position. The Newport Gwent Dragons who visit the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday Evening, are in tenth position, with only the two Italian sides in the tournament below them, although they are just six points behind their Irish opponents.

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A win for Connacht on Saturday Evening could see them rise above the Cardiff Blues in the table, in the unlikely event that the Blues fail to beat the Italians of Treviso. The Newport Gwent Dragons themselves could rise one place in the table, if they can claim a fifth Pro12 win of the campaign, and Edinburgh are beaten by high flying Leinster. The Irish Province have the edge in head to head meetings between the two sides, having won 17 of the 27 fixtures that they have played against each other. Including victories in five of the last six games. However, the most recent fixture in early November at Rodney Parade, ended in success for the Dragons by 21-16.

Posted: 4th September 2015

 

Connaught entertain the Newport Gwent Dragons at the Sportsground in Galway on Friday Evening, at the new Guinness PRO12 season gets underway. All of the participating teams will under pressure in the early rounds of the competition, with World Cup warm up matches, and the global international tournament itself, making huge demands on the squads of the Celtic and Italian sides. Connacht have made a habit of starting the PRO12 with a win in recent seasons. Four of the past five seasons have seen them take the points in Round 1. They are also on a winning run against the Newport Gwent Dragons, which is now five games in length, stretching back to November 2012, when the Welsh Region won at Rodney Parade by 14-3.

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The Dragons enjoyed some of their best results of a disappointing season, towards the back end of the last campaign, when they won four of their last six fixtures. However, they have not shown much form on the road, with the only win they have registered in any tournament away from Newport since March, coming in Italy against Treviso by 32-17 in Round 18 of the RaboDirect PRO12. If the Dragons are to improve on that away from on Friday, they will need to record their first win at the Sportsground since May 2004.

Posted: 6th September 2014

 

The 2013-14 RaboDirect PRO12 season was a huge disappointment for both Connacht and the Newport Gwent Dragons, both of whom missed out on qualification for the new Champions Cup, through their lowly finishing positions in the table. But as ever, a new season brings high hopes and expectations, and the dream that "this will be the year". In reality, it is difficult to see either of these sides, who clash at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday evening in Round 1 of the new PRO12 campaign, mounting a serious challenge for honors.

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Although the Irish Province finished last season with a run of five successive defeats, their last win in the tournament being against the Dragons at Rodney Parade at the end of March, they have won their round 1 fixture in three of the last four seasons. The Newport Gwent Dragons similarly finished the previous tournament in woeful form. Before they defeated the Italians of Treviso by 22-19 in Round 22, they were on a seven game winless run. Statistically, Connacht might be expected to open with a home win. They have lost just once to the Dragons in their last six encounters. A 3-14 loss in November 2012 at Rodney Parade, while the Dragons only ever success at the Sportsground came on their first ever visit in May 2004, when they ran out 32-14 winners.

Posted: 21st December 2013

Connacht currently sit rock bottom of the RaboDirect PRO12 table, with just a single victory in the tournament to their name this season, and that came in the opening fixture of the season, at the Sports ground in Galway, against the perpetual whipping boys from Italy, Zebre, whom they defeated by 25-16. The Irish Province has, however, managed to post a couple of away victories in the Heineken Cup. Both away from home, firstly against Zebre, and more astonishingly against the French giants, and four times Heineken Cup winners, Toulouse. Newport in seventh place, are not having the greatest of seasons themselves, with just won win in their last four PRO12 fixtures. An away victory over Glasgow by 23-8 in round 8, their only away victory since they won in Parma, Italy against Zebre, back in February.

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Connacht will hope to continue the Newport Gwent Dragons poor record in Ireland, where the Welshmen have recorded just a solitary victory since 2004. A narrow 16-14 success at Ravenhill, Belfast against Ulster, which in itself was just over 5 years ago, in September 2008. Just one wins at the Sportsground in their past ten visits, suggest that Connacht might just get the result to lift them off of the bottom of the table this coming Saturday. Last season saw both sides win their home match in the contests between the two combatants.

Posted: 5th January 2013

Saturday, the 5th of January, the RaboDirect Pro12 continues when Connacht and the Newport Gwent Dragons play in Galway at 17:00 local time and GMT. Right now, Connacht comes in at 10th place on the table. They have only been able to grab three wins out of the 12 games that they have played, and since they have no draws that leaves them with nine losses. The point total for those wins is sixteen, and the two teams that are below them on the table are the Dragons, our other competitors this week, who have 14 points and 3 wins and Zebre who has no wins.

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As for the top of the table, we have Ulster in the number one spot with almost every game won. They have 52 points because they have won 12 games out of the thirteen that they have played, and that leaves them with one loss.


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Posted: 18th February 2017


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