Newcastle Falcons No.8 Colin Charvis expects Connacht to come out with all guns blazing on Friday…
The Welsh international will return to the Falcons line-up for the game after two weeks’ rest, following a gruelling schedule which has seen him make 19 competitive starts for the Falcons and seven for Wales already this season.
Going in to what is being billed as his side’s biggest match of the campaign, Charvis said: “We’ve only played against Connacht once in a pre-season match a couple of years ago, but I watch all the Celtic League games on Welsh television so they are not an unknown quantity.
“They may be struggling in terms of position at the bottom of the Celtic League, but from having watched quite a few of their matches this season they are a side whose performance level is pretty consistent, and they won’t be easy to break down.
“They are able to have more consistency in selection than most sides because they are not affected by the international period, they have their whole squad together for most of the season and that means a very close group of players who know each other’s game intimately.”
Friday’s game will also represent a chance for Charvis to catch up with an old mate, saying: “Myself and the Connacht captain, Andrew Farley, used to be at Swansea together. He’s a good mate of mine, and any team with him in isn’t going to roll over.
“Like many of the Connacht squad he is a hard player, and he will have them pumped up for what is now a really big game for both sides.”
With the Falcons looking to redeem themselves following the disappointment of Sunday’s home defeat to Northampton, Charvis said: “It’s good for the lads to have a game so quickly afterwards, and especially at Kingston Park, to pay the home fans back for the Northampton performance.
“On a personal note I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch after a couple of weeks without a game, and with a few senior players coming in to the side hopefully we can quickly put to rest what happened on the weekend and get our season back on the rails.”
Tickets for the game are still available by calling 0871 226 60 60, logging on to the club website or popping to Kingston Park during office hours.