Saturday 10 December 2016

Three aces up for players' award

Declan Rooney

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Connacht's John Muldoon is among the nominees Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht's John Muldoon is among the nominees Photo: Sportsfile

The Hartmanns of Galway and SEIKO Watches March Player of the Month award is up for grabs with John Muldoon, AJ MacGinty and Eoin McKeon all nominated.

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The candidates were nominated by the players and management, and the fans are able to vote for their choice on the Connacht Rugby Facebook page.

March was a crucial month for Connacht as they picked up massive victories over Edinburgh and Leinster to stay top of the Pro12 - they subsequently slipped to second after last weekend's defeat to Ulster.

Connacht scored four tries, to Edinburgh's three in an epic encounter at BT Murrayfield on March 4, as Pat Lam's claimed an impressive 28-23 victory.

McKeon, Bundee Aki, Jake Heenan and MacGinty were all among the tries as Connacht held on for a bonus point win.

It was a tenser affair at the Sportsground on March 26, as 7,300 fans packed into the Galway venue to see Galway beat Leinster 7-6 after an epic finish.

Kieran Marmion crossed for a first-half try, and despite two Ian Madigan penalties Leinster couldn't fight back.

Captain Muldoon has been a stalwart for Connacht over the years, and this season, especially in the last few months he has led from the front. He played all 160 minutes in March.

Out-half MacGinty stepped into the breach when Jack Carty and Craig Ronaldson both picked up injuries. The USA Eagle played in both games and scored a try in the win over Edinburgh.

Back-row McKeon returned from injury against Edinburgh and then gave an inspirational display to win man of the match against Leinster.

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