Connacht make the trip to face Dragons at Rodney Parade tonight hoping to snap a two-game losing streak in PRO14 action.
The Westerners trail interpro rivals Munster by 15 points in Conference B and will look to close that gap away to the Welsh side, who find themselves second from bottom in Conference A at this stage of the season.
Well, the fans aren’t as young anymore, but the hatred is still there.
Fy-half Jack Carty, 28, and prop Finlay Bealham, 29, will both line out for the Westerners for the 150th time at Rodney Parade.
Among the replacements is Oisin Dowling who could make his Connacht debut after recovering from a long-term back injury.
Irish Mirror Sport will bring you build-up, live updates and reaction from this fixture, while TG4 will show the game live on TV and on the TG4 Player. Kick-off is at 7:35pm tonight.
CONNACHT: John Porch, Peter Sullivan, Tom Daly, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Niall Murray, Gavin Thornbury, Paul Boyle, Conor Oliver, Abraham Papali’i
Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Oisin Dowling, Eoghan Masterson, Kieran Marmion, Sean O’Brien, Alex Wootton.
When is Dragons vs Connacht taking place? Friday 5th February, 2021 – 19:35 (UK)
Where is Dragons vs Connacht taking place? Rodney Parade, Newport
Where can I get tickets for Dragons vs Connacht? This match will be played without spectators
What television channel is Dragons vs Connacht on? All Guinness Pro14 matches are televised live on Premier Sports
Where can I stream Dragons vs Connacht? Premier Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Premier Player
Since beating Leinster away from home in their first match of 2021, Connacht have lost two games in a row in the Pro14, with the most recent defeat a surprising 20-26 at home to Ospreys.
This is an absolutely vital game in-hand for the Irish side now as they travel to dragons, 15 points behind Munster at the top of Conference B and just a point above Cardiff Blues and Scarlets too.
Hosts Dragons are on a five-match losing streak over all competitions since early December last year and should offer their visitors a way out of their slump. It could be a tight one given Connacht’s confidence seems low but they can still cover -7 on the road here.