“There was a huge focus on defence,” said the 25-year-old.

“We know how dangerous Connacht are. We were a bit off in defence last year and that resulted in a (47-10) loss. So we knew we had to be at our best or close to our best and I thought we did pretty well this evening.

Receiving end. Van der Flier takes the hit from Tom Farrell. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“They play pretty fast rugby, so you can’t afford to give them soft tackles and quick ball.

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