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Preview: Connacht v Ospreys

08th May 2008 11:16

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Michael Bradley has made three changes to his side for Friday's final Magners League clash of the season against the Ospreys at the Sportsground.

Ofisa Treviranus returns to the starting line up for the first time since December, having overcome his broken leg and come through last week's match successfully. Andy Dunne returns at out half and in the second row Andrew Browne comes in for the injured David Gannon.

Form: Connacht have won just one of their last seven matches in the Magners League: 13-11 over the Dragons at Rodney Parade on 18 April. Connacht's only defeat in their last five home games against the Welsh regions was 11-39 to the Blues on 2 May. Ospreys are playing against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Tuesday evening. Ospreys have lost on their last seven visits to Ireland for a Magners League game since beating Connacht 44-16 at the Sportsground on 12 May 2006. Connacht's only win in their last six matches against the Ospreys was 15-10 at the Sportsground on 8 September 2006.

The teams:

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Ofisa Treviranus, 13 Mel Deane, 12 Keith Matthews, 11 D Riordan, 10 Andy Dunne, 9 Conor McPhillips, 8 Colm Rigney, 7 Jonny O'Connor, 6 John Muldoon, 5 Andrew Farley (C), 4 Andrew Browne, 3 Robbie Morris, 2 Adrian Flavin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.

Replacements: 16 John Fogarty, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 Brendon McGovern, 19 Michael McCarthy, 20 Conor O'Loughlin, 21 Troy Nathan, 22 Darren Yapp.

The Ospreys: 15 Gareth Owen, 14 Leigh Bevan, 13 Mark Taylor, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Kristian Phillips, 10 Shaun Connor, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Tom

Smith, 7 Steve Tandy, 6 Hale T-Pole, 5 Lyndon Bateman, 4 Andy Lloyd, 3 Cai Griffiths, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James (c).

Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Mike Powell, 19 Marty Holah, 20 Martin Roberts, 21 Dan Biggar, 22 Ashley Beck.

Date: Friday May 9

Venue: The Sportsground

Kick-off: 18:30 BST (17:30 GMT)

Referee: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Touch Judges: G Clancey (IRFU), M Black (IRFU).

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