Thursday 8 December 2016

'We had a bet I wouldn't cry but it's the best €20 I ever spent'- Connacht skipper John Muldoon overwhelmed by Pro 12 win

Tom Rooney

Published 28/05/2016 | 21:41

28 May 2016; Connacht captain John Muldoon following the Guinness PRO12 Final match between Leinster and Connacht at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
28 May 2016; Connacht captain John Muldoon following the Guinness PRO12 Final match between Leinster and Connacht at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Connacht captain John Muldoon fought back the tears as he thanked all the supporters who travelled to Murrayfield to witness their incredible victory over Leinster in the Pro 12 final.

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Muldoon, one of the great servants in Irish rugby, has been toiling with Connacht for over 12 years and received a rapturous reception from the green faithful as he spoke to Sky Sports following the 20-10 win.

The number eight, who was awarded man of the match for a tour de force, was clearly emotional as he processed the great achievement.

“I’m absolutely speechless,” he said “We had a €20 bet earlier in the year that if we won I wouldn’t cry. But it’s the best 20 quid I’ll ever spend. I’d like to thank all the support that made their way over.

“We came in about an hour before the game and with all the support outside the hair stood up on the back of our necks- absolutely phenomenal. We’ll have one hell of a party and that’s all I can think about right now.”

The skipper went on to say that the game plan was to retain the compelling attacking game they have employed all season, and to leave the pitch with no regrets.

With Connacht set to lose Robbie Henshaw, Ally Muldowney and AJ McGinty, all of whom were outstanding, Muldoon claimed they were desperate finish in style.

“We’ve been saying all week that we wanted to come out and play the way we have all year. If it wasn’t good enough, at least we could walk away with our heads held high.

“We knew we were good enough, we had belief and thankfully it came true. It’s a great group of lads who are not going to all play together again and we wanted to sign off on a big one.

“Being honest I don’t want to say – I’m lost for words.”

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