The conditions weren't at all suitable for running rugby but Connacht’s backs managed to account for all seven tries in last night's win over the Ospreys.

One would have hesitated to put a greyhound out in it, such was the volume of freezing rain and hail that fell in sheets sideways across the Sportsground.

But Connacht have a certain type of greyhound themselves and he was well up for it.

"Everybody was absolutely freezing their balls off," said Canberra native Mack Hansen after the game.

"We still managed to play some decent footie, which is exactly what we want to do for our fans. It has been awesome."

The 23-year-old got the man of the match award for his energetic performance that was both greyhound and terrier at times.

Hansen, who arrived Galway this summer and whose mother hails from Cork, was asked into the Ireland camp during the Autumn Nations Series, such was the impression he made on Andy Farrell when scoring four tries in five games prior to last night’s display.

His run-out included 12 runs for 89 metres, four defenders beaten and the opening try.

Hansen at Ireland training last month

"He was with Ireland for four or five days, he just said he enjoyed it," said head coach Andy Friend afterwards.

"He learned a lot, it was good to be around that echelon of player. He’s got an amazing ability to beat first defender every time.

"He’s growing in confidence, he's becoming more familiar with the game-style we're playing and the surroundings.

"He just said to me in there, 'I honestly thought they were going to call it off after 15 minutes'.

"He just hasn’t been in Galway long enough!

"He was good, he had a few mates who were good with him too. I just think he's a young man full of confidence at the minute, he's definitely got ability - you can see that - he's just got a really slippery way, the way he moves.

"He seems to just glide past defenders, he's got a good turn of pace.

"Defensively, he does really well too. They didn't really get the ball out wide, but quite often that was because Mack Hansen and Caolin Blade were up in their passing channel.

"I just think he's a really intelligent footballer, he's enjoying his time here at the moment."

The 46-18 victory was Connacht’s third of the season and built on nicely from their success over Ulster at the Aviva prior to the international break.

The other tries came from Shayne Bolton, Oran McNulty, Sam Arnold, Caolin Blade and Conor Fitzgerald, while the penalty try came as a result of a high tackle on Peter Robb.

Of the display, Friend added: "It’s a great feeling, to be honest.

"I thought the manner in which we played, you wouldn’t have known for lots of the game that the conditions were doing what they were doing.

"I thought a lot of the key principles that we keep talking about that have been instilled in the fellas, the tight lines, the bodies in motion, the running squad - we saw that and you can see a real air of confidence starting to grow in the team.

"We got to a point where we were a little bit confident and didn't respect the ball like we needed to.

"They're a good side, Ospreys, to be able to come away with a scoreline like that is pleasing."

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