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CONN KEANE TO START REVIVAL ON MINI TOUR.

Benetton v Connacht Pro14, today, noon CONNACHT coach Kieran Keane said that the shock loss to Zebre has left them with their 'backs to the wall' but he is confident that's when they perform best.

The 19-11 loss to Zebre at the Sportsground leaves Connacht with little wriggle room in their hopes for a return to Champions Cup, and Keane (above) expects a tough lunchtime outing in Treviso today.

It's the start of a tour for Connacht which will see them move to South Africa on Monday to take on the Cheetahs next Saturday.

And Keane admitted these are two crucial encounters for his men.

"We probably have our backs to the wall a little bit, but that might bring out the best in us."

CONNACHT: O'Halloran, Kelleher, Griffin, Farrell, Healy, Carty, Blade, Buckley, McCartney, Bealham, Thornbury, Cannon, O'Brien, Butler, Muldoon.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2018
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