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Healy just happy to flex his try-scoring muscle memory after hitting Connacht record

The prolific wing has endured a relative drought since his last try in February.

Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

CONNACHT WING MATT Healy said he couldn’t remember the last time he scored a try before touching down twice to keep up his exemplary European try-scoring in Switzerland last weekend.

Connacht are back at home in the Sportsground tomorrow where they host Worcester Warriors in the Challenge Cup with both sides coming into the game off of a bonus-point win in Round 1.

Healy, 28, scored twice to make it 14 tries in 21 European games for Connacht, surpassing the province’s European record of 13 set by Fionn Carr – he has now scored 35 times in 91 appearances for the province since his debut in 2012-13.

Matt Healy scores a try Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

However it was his first time scoring since 12 February, a 19-13 win at Cardiff Blues, and the Dubliner is just pleased to be back on the score-sheet.

“I genuinely can’t actually remember the last time I touched down. So I was happy with the one try and even happier with the second,” said Healy.

“I had a groin injury that was recurring but now I am all good. I have no issues and I am injury-free now.

“I am happy to hold any record, whatever it’s for. For me it was a good day out against Oyonnax but these things are quickly forgot about, and we have moved on swiftly to this weekend.”

The 2015-16 league champions yesterday announced the signing of former Blues and Hurricanes New Zealander Pita Ahki, 25, to bolster their options in the centre having ended their interest in Eroni Vasiteri following his ban for eye gouging.

Connacht have only won once in the Pro14 this season and they are second from bottom of Conference A with just a victory over Southern Kings so far.

Matt Healy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Their 43-15 win against Oyonnax at Stade de Geneve last Saturday means they are top of Pool 5 in the Challenge Cup. But Healy, who was capped for Ireland against South Africa in June 2016, is expecting a tough encounter against the struggling English Premiership outfit.

“They are a mix of attacking with width and putting it through the forwards,” said Healy.

“They are a big Premiership side, they like to use the forwards and they have got a couple of strong centres which a lot of ball goes through them.

“We will focus on ourselves we have already. I back our systems and D to handle anything they throw at us.”

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