Michael Lowry Press Notes | Connacht

Michael Lowry Press Notes | Connacht

8 months ago


Michael Lowry spoke to the media this week to preview Sunday’s festive fixture versus Connacht.

Here is what he had to say…

On neutralising Connacht’s threats…

“We have to be aware of what Connacht bring because they play some really nice rugby. A lot about them has changed over the last few years and they’re playing lovely rugby. A good few players are in really good form as well. We have to focus on ourselves as well. In the last few weeks, we’ve come a long way since [we played them] at Aviva Stadium. During that time when there were no games during the international period, we focused on a few things and started to go in the right direction again. Hopefully we can show that at the weekend.”

On Ulster’s attacking game…

“There have been plenty of work-ons throughout the last couple of weeks with passing and kicking; the fundamentals. In terms of making smart decisions and our counter-attack, they have gone well recently. That has been a big focus of ours, getting that nailed-down. We’re getting nice shape off our counter-attack and have worked on that to get into a much better shape. It’s starting to come through more. Our connection with the forwards is a lot better now too. It’s going in the right direction but we still have a lot to improve on.”

On his pin-point 50:22 kick versus Northampton Saints…

“It was one of those things when you look up and see a lot of space and I thought I would try to drill this low into the ground. Thankfully it kept kicking on and didn’t stop!

“It’s always in the back of your head that it’s a new law now. When you’re catching in the back-field, you need to have a few options. You either play around a team, through a team or over a team. They are constantly things I’m thinking of making a smart decision around. Once you’ve got the ball, what is the best option, where is the best space I can play to? That was probably the best option at that time.”

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On Connacht’s back three…

“Connacht have a lot of players in-form and their back three have been very dangerous, but we’re used to coming up against teams that have a dangerous back three. Yes, we’ll have to be aware of them, but we will need to focus on what we can bring to the game as well. There are a lot of players who are in-form, so if we can nail down what we do, we hope that will nullify them.”

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