Dragons vs Connacht
Competition: Guinness Pro14
Date: 15 September 2017
Kick off 20:30 CET
It looks as if it will be another long season from the Dragons as they keep fighting on, and off, the field. Up next Connacht come to them and although it will be an almighty tussle, it will be one they think they can win for a first scalp of the season.
The Dragons have been too busy trying to be settled in terms of their administration to make too much effort about the actual rugby, and on top of that their personal and coaching set up needs a big revamp. They have begun the season with two losses in a row, but to be fair to the Gwent side, they have been difficult encounters. First up for them was a home game against one of the most successful sides in the tournament’s history as Leinster took them apart easily in a 39-16 win. The it was the turn of an Edinburgh side that has been showing that they have been working on their basics and are looking to be a threat this year. Connacht fell in that game – away from home – 35-18, another poor result looking at it. Now they face Connacht who are recent champions of this tournament, but not at the same standard anymore, but still a worthy threat even at home.
For the irish province, they managed to get their first win in a historic fashion as they beat the Southern Kings at home quiet easily in the end as it was a 32-10 win there. Connacht did not start to well however, and again at home, they took on Glasgow in a tight game but were pipped there to lose within a bonus point, in a low scoring 18-12 defeat. Connacht are definitely in a rebuilding phase as their main coach Pat Lam has vacated his post and he was the inspiration towards that famous trophy grab a few years back. Now, they have got a win in the bank, but they are yet to play away from home, and this will be a test for them, but also one they will think they can win.
Dragons vs Connacht: Previous games
Connacht vs Kings 32-10
Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors 12-18
Dragons vs Leinster 16-39
Edinburgh vs Dragons 35-18
Dragons vs Connacht: Head to Head Stats
What is most striking about the previous results between these teams is that there have only been three games where the winning margin has been over five points. In that though, Connacht have won eight of the last 10 games and the Dragons just the two – both of them at home however.
Dragons vs Connacht: Prediction
This will be a test to see if Connacht have the ability to travel and win against sides that should end up lower on the log than them. The Dragons are itching to get off the bottom rung of the Pro 14, and they know they can strike at home, but it will be difficult as they are not the same standard as the Irish side.
Dragons vs Connacht: Betting Tips
- Bundee Aki to score
- Connacht to win @2.20
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