Elwood aware of Aironi’s threat

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Mar 2011

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood is under no illusions that Aironi will be targeting his side when the two teams meet at the Stadio Zaffanello on Saturday.

The Irish side came out on top 11 v 6 when the two sides met at the Sportsground two weeks ago and Elwood knows Aironi, who are still in search of their first Magners League victory, will be wanting their scalp this weekend.

“Everybody realises Aironi are making gains and it’s only a matter of time,” sad Elwood.

“Now we are their next visitors, it’s a home game for them, and their internationals are back on duty – yes, they will be targeting us. Because the game was so close in Galway, they will say ‘yes, it’s a big opportunity’.”

“All we ask is for the weather to be conducive to playing rugby and we will take our chances. Our discipline the last day was excellent, we didn’t want their powerful pack to get into a mauling game, so again we have to be on our best behaviour. They have strengthened their pack, they are at home, and that’s the type of game they will want to play – be it scrum, line-out or maul.

"We don’t want to give them that situation and, hopefully, if the weather is nice, we can exert pressure by playing our brand of rugby.”