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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
# snapshots
Hot water bottles and blankets aplenty on the Connacht bench in Siberia this morning
Temperatures were below -20ºC in Krasnoyarsk as they overcame Enisei-STM in the Challenge Cup.

The scene before the game at Central Stadium in Krasnoyarsk…

A view of the match ball in snow James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

A snow ball… get it?

A view of the match ball in snow James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Connacht kitman Martin Joyce fills hot water bottles for the players…

Martin Joyce fills water bottles for the players before the game James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Snow is cleared from the pitch prior to kick-off…

Snow is cleared form the pitch before the game James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

The dugouts needed a bit of a sweep too…

Snow is cleared form the dugouts James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun gets over for a Connacht try…

Niyi Adeolokun scores his side's first try despite Mikhail Babaev James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Members of the military watching on from the terraces…

Local military look on James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

The lads on the Connacht bench looking like a bunch of kids in front of the TV on a Saturday morning waiting for the He-Man omnibus…

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Finlay Bealham, Bundee Aki, Shane Delahunt, Ian Porter, John Muldoon, Denis Buckley and Aly Muldowney look on in the closing stages James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Some fans tried to stay warm by doing laps of the stadium…

Fans run to keep warm James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Some of the Connacht fans who made the 6,000km journey…

Connacht fans James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

AJ MacGinty might need a few Lemsips after his first Connacht start…

AJ MacGinty cold after the game James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam and Enisei-STM Director of Rubgy Alexander Pervukhin after the game…

Pat Lam and Alexander Pervukhin James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

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