Connacht head coach Eric Elwood admits his team struggled with the conditions as they slumped to a 17-0 defeat by Biarritz in the Heineken Cup.
Heavy rain on an unforgiving pitch at the Parc des Sports favoured an experienced and powerful Biarritz pack as the visitors struggled all night.
Elwood said: "We had prepared all week and we knew the weather was going to be poor, but we didn't know it would deteriorate like that.
"We knew it was going to be a huge challenge and the conditions did not suit us, but we were in a good space. However, unfortunately if you make mistakes at this level, you get punished.
"When you are playing in conditions like that, it's nearly a disadvantage to have the ball. Our kicking game was not at its best today and we got severely punished.
"We couldn't get the yardage in our kicks and we struggled in that area today. It was disappointing that in the kicking battle we lost out today."