European Challenge Cup
Connacht looking for big response against Dax
January 22, 2009
Michael Bradley is expecting a big response from his Connacht side © Getty Images
Connacht boss Michael Bradley has made 13 changes to his side to face Dax on Frida following last weekend's humiliating 75-5 loss to London Irish.
Bradley's side are still well placed to progress into the last-eight as one of three beast runners-up, but will need a big performance and a win against a struggling Dax outfit at the Sportsground.
Gavin Duffy returns at fullback, with Fionn Carr and Liam Bibo manning the wings. In the centre there are returns for Niva Ta'auso and Keith Matthews, while Frank Murphy will partner Ian Keatley at half-back.
Bradley has selected an all-new front-row, with Brett Wilkinson, Sean Cronin and Robbie Morris all slotting into the side.
"We do not accept a scoreline of 75-5," said Baradley. "It doesn't matter which 15 you put on the park, you should not lose by that score. It is very disappointing for those who travelled and for ourselves.
"We have to take the pain and hopefully we will put Dax away, which is the purpose of the exercise."
Connacht: G Duffy; F Carr, N Ta'auso, K Matthews, L Bibo; I Keatley, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, S Cronin, R Morris; A Browne, A Farley; M McCarthy, R Ofisa, J Muldoon (C).
Replacements: A Flavin, R Loughney, M Swift, C Rigney, K Campbell,A Dunne, T Nathan.