Wednesday 29 March 2017

Fans have big part to play in push for glory

Connacht's supporters can make a real difference by getting behind their team. Picture: Sportsfile
Connacht's supporters can make a real difference by getting behind their team. Picture: Sportsfile

Johnny O'Connor

Considering weather that greeted Connacht and Edinburgh in the Sportsground last weekend, and their poor form prior to that, there was a great turnout from the home faithful.

This is such an important block of games for Connacht, and if they get the support behind them, like they did at the end of last season, it could drive the players on to some memorable victories in Galway.

There have been so many major triumphs in recent seasons, but last year's games against Leinster, Munster and Glasgow in the Pro12 really stand out.

All of those games were sold out and the players responded and gave the fans something to shout about. No matter how clued in you are on the field, the roar and support of your home fans always helps you gain that extra edge in the big games - I used to feed off that when I was playing.

The crowds weren't as big back then, but for the inter-pros, the fans would come out and cheer us on to the bitter end. That's what Connacht need against Ulster.

The fans have been brilliant to stick behind Connacht, and in recent seasons they have been rewarded, especially last year with the Pro12 win.

There's important bond that has formed between the fans and the players which won't be broken.

Irish Independent

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