Sunday 4 December 2016

Ronaldson excited by Murrayfield trip

Daragh Small

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Connacht's Craig Ronaldson Photo: Max Pratelli / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Craig Ronaldson Photo: Max Pratelli / SPORTSFILE

Connacht centre Craig Ronaldson crowned his 50th cap with a fantastic win over Ospreys last weekend but he doesn't want to stop there and is excited by the prospect of playing at Murrayfield.

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The 2015-16 Pro12 final will be hosted in the Scottish capital and Connacht travel to take on Edinburgh there this evening as they look to pile on the points at the top of the league.

Pat Lam's men are one point clear of second-placed Leinster, who have a game in hand, and they know another win this evening could secure their Champions Cup status for next season.

But 26-year-old Kildare native Ronaldson wants to keep on improving, along with the rest of the side as they turn their aim to the potential of a Pro12 play-off.

"Murrayfield, big stadium, lovely pitch since they have got it done up - there's definitely a bit of excitement there," he said. "Especially with the final being there this season as well, it's maybe something to enjoy and to look forward to definitely.

"We're an ambitious group and that is what has driven us to this point in the first place. At the start of the season Champions Cup was the goal and we still want to nail that. But now rather than looking below us, we are looking at ourselves and how we can stay at the top."

And Ronaldson is hopeful that Connacht can hit their mark tonight, with every point of huge value in a super tight top six.

"It's so tight up there, there might have been a bit of a break with the top four at the weekend, but the way it worked out it is congested again," he said. "One result either way, it can send you up or down a few places. You have really got to be on the money every week."

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