Monday 26 September 2016

Foley gunning for Connacht 'friends'

Daragh Small

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

'Lock Dave Foley has been impressive when he has been given his chance, and the 27-year-old is looking forward to the next few weeks' Photo: Sportsfile
'Lock Dave Foley has been impressive when he has been given his chance, and the 27-year-old is looking forward to the next few weeks' Photo: Sportsfile

Munster lock Dave Foley knows Connacht have been the in-form side in the league this year, but he is relishing the chance to get revenge for Munster's defeat at Thomond Park earlier this season.

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Munster face-off against Pat Lam's men in the Sportsground on April 16, in a must-win game for both sides. But Munster will have extra motivation after Connacht beat them 18-12 in Round 8.

It was the first time in 29 years that Connacht had beaten Munster in Thomond Park and since then they have gone on to be one of the pace-setters in the Pro12.

They are second in the standings, while Munster are sixth, ten points behind their rivals.

Munster are still in a race to secure their Champions Cup status for next season, and they know they need to win all three remaining game to be sure of a place in European club rugby's showpiece event.

And despite a turbulent season for Anthony Foley's side, lock Dave Foley has been impressive when he has been given his chance, and the 27-year-old is looking forward to the next few weeks.

"Connacht have probably been the in-form team this season, in fairness to them. Pat Lam has done a really good job with them. They have really developed their squad and they have got talent right throughout their squad.

"At the end of the day we know each other quite well, and we want to play well and we want to get into top four, and we want to qualify for Europe. That's first and foremost, so it's going to be good but of course you want to beat your friends," he said.

Irish Independent

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