Thursday 29 June 2017

O'Halloran eager to finish on a high

Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran says he is desperate for Connacht to finish the season on a high after they fell to a home defeat to Leinster, who claimed a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 with the win. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran says he is desperate for Connacht to finish the season on a high after they fell to a home defeat to Leinster, who claimed a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 with the win. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran says he is desperate for Connacht to finish the season on a high after they fell to a home defeat to Leinster, who claimed a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 with the win.

Next up for Connacht is another home tie against Scarlets, who will be chasing a win in Galway to bolster their own top-four hopes, while the following week the final inter-pro of the season will see Pat Lam' side visit Thomond Park to face another semi-finalist, Munster.

It has been a stellar season for O'Halloran (26), who is currently the Pro12's top ball carrier on 270 carries - 40 more than Bundee Aki in second place - and has the most metres gained by any player (1,904m).

But the Ireland international wants to round of the season with a couple of key wins: namely away to either the English or French representatives in a play-off to reach the Champions Cup, and then in the play-off final.

"We'll have to break it down and try and look at the positives from the Leinster game. There was some good things that we can take out of it, but at the moment it is disappointment," said O'Halloran.

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"Leinster at home is always a big game for us every year and something we look forward to. At this stage of the season we were hoping to finish strong at home.

"We're in a play-off now, so it's just about whether we are in seventh or eighth and going to England or France.

"We have to keep building towards that and keep taking positives for the end of the season. We have a couple of big games left and we want to finish on a high."

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