Friday 28 October 2016

Three in running for monthly award

Daragh Small

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

John Muldoon
John Muldoon

The Hartmanns of Galway and SEIKO Watches November Player of the Month award is up for grabs with Craig Ronaldson, Aly Muldowney and John Muldoon shortlisted.

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

With Connacht top of the Pro12 and also at the summit of Pool 1 in the Challenge Cup, November was another fruitful month for the province.

It was four wins from four in both competitions, with a 33-19 win over Treviso, 31-14 victory away to Enisei-STM, 21-17 win at home to Brive, and last weekend's fantastic 18-12 victory at Thomond Park against Munster.

There was a lot of stand-out candidates with Connacht running in 12 tries and playing a wonderful brand of rugby that has won many admirers.

Ronaldson was only a replacement in both European games, but he kicked 26 points in the Pro12 games to help Connacht to victory against Treviso and Munster.

Lock Muldowney has picked up where he left off last season, and the former Exeter man has become the fulcrum of the pack once again with great displays in Siberia and Thomond Park.

Muldoon is on the verge of his 200th Pro12 appearance and showed all of that experience as he led from the front against Munster.

A mainstay in Pat Lam's side throughout his reign at the province, Muldoon played three of the four games and was an inspiration last weekend.

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