Sunday 4 December 2016

Marmion calling for Grandstand finish

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Kieran Marmion: “We have been working hard all year, we have achieved a lot already” Photo: Sportsfile
Kieran Marmion: “We have been working hard all year, we have achieved a lot already” Photo: Sportsfile

Kieran Marmion wants Connacht to capitalise on their hard work this season and finish the campaign strongly.

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A win over Glasgow Warriors in the final game of the league tomorrow would earn the Westerners a home Guinness Pro12 semi-final, and the scrum-half reckons that is the least the Galway crowd deserve after backing the men in green all year.

"We have been working hard all year, we have achieved a lot already," he said.

"If we can go on and get a home semi-final and push on from there. . . It is huge for the club and for the area, and if we can do that it just builds the brand of rugby around here.

"It's great for the county and everyone involved.

"The Sportsground is pretty intimidating. The crowd is probably a lot closer to the pitch than most grounds we play in. For a small stadium it is pretty loud as well.

"I can imagine a lot of teams being pretty intimidated by it. It's a big boost for us knowing what it's like going out there, and they really get behind us."

Connacht's title charge hit a bump in Treviso last Friday night, but Ireland international Marmion says they won't dwell on that loss.

"We looked at how many opportunities we had to score and how many we didn't take. As long as the opportunities are there it's just about taking them," he said. "We know we are creating scoring opportunities; it's disappointing we didn't take them but they are there to be had.

"Everyone already knows what's at stake from the game, so everyone will be fired up, there's full focus on Glasgow this week and we will be ready when it comes to kick-off."

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