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Monday 24 April 2017

Muldoon rallies home fans

Connacht skipper John Muldoon has sent an SOS to fans to come out in force and support his side tomorrow night as they bid to secure a quarter-final place in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Victory over Montpellier at the Sportsground would secure a passage to the knockout stages, and a win away to Olympus Madrid next week would guarantee a home quarter-final.

"The whole lot hinges on Friday evening," said Muldoon. "It has taken a lot to get this far but now it comes down to defeating Montpellier -- otherwise it will all be lost.

"Hopefully, we will have a big crowd. French teams always make it difficult when you go down there. They boo everything you do and get behind their own side.

"We need the crowd to get us across the line. They can be the difference between winning and losing.

"Our support has been growing all the time and we have not always delivered for them, so it would be great to have a quarter-final in this to look forward to."

Prop Brett Wilkinson has been cleared to play after recovering from a hand injury, meaning that full-back Gavin Duffy is Connacht's only absentee.

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