Friday 9 December 2016

Dillane keen for Connacht to banish their RDS hoodoo

Daragh Small

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

Connacht's Ultan Dillane:
Connacht's Ultan Dillane: "We have obviously got huge respect for Leinster - they are the team that we played in the final last year." Picture: Sportsfile

Connacht lock Ultan Dillane is confident they can get rid of another hoodoo when they take on Leinster at the RDS tomorrow.

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Connacht lock Ultan Dillane is confident they can get rid of another hoodoo when they take on Leinster at the RDS tomorrow.

Dillane, one of just three from the Pro12 champions to be included in Joe Schmidt's squad for the autumn internationals, reckons they are in with a good shout of a first ever win at the Dublin venue.

The Tralee native believes that back-to-back wins over Leinster last season, including the unforgettable 20-10 win in the Pro12 final at Murrayfield, shows they have the measure of Leo Cullen's men.

But the 22-year-old says he is not underestimating the task facing them tomorrow.

"I am looking forward to the challenge. We have obviously got huge respect for Leinster - they are the team that we played in the final last year," said Dillane, who has played 34 games for Connacht since making the breakthrough two years ago.

Challenge

"We've certainly not beaten them in the RDS and it's a huge challenge ahead for us. But all the more exciting with the group of lads we have.

"It's all about how we learn from the little errors against them up there last time. But it's just about getting the mindset right and training to win from the start of the week, as we always say, definitely goes a long way towards creating history for us," said the five-times-capped second-row.

Connacht have won their last four games in a row since they had their slow start to the season and they are top of their pool in the Champions Cup. However, the champions are still well off the pace in the Pro12 - they are eighth despite back-to-back victories over Edinburgh and Ulster.

But with players like Bundee Aki and Dillane signing contract extensions this week, hopes are high that Connacht can build on last season's success.

Irish Independent

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