Sunday 26 February 2017

Kilcoyne flying high on back of Munster's winning streak

Declan Rooney

Kilcoyne ran in two tries in a man-of-the-match display for Munster against Ospreys at Irish Independent Park on Friday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kilcoyne ran in two tries in a man-of-the-match display for Munster against Ospreys at Irish Independent Park on Friday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne says it's a long time since he has felt such a swell of positivity behind the province and he's keen to carry it forward - no matter what team he plays for.

Kilcoyne ran in two tries in a man-of-the-match display for Munster against Ospreys at Irish Independent Park on Friday, form which could yet see him called up to the Ireland squad again before too long.

Competition is fierce for the Irish No 1 shirt with Jack McGrath and Cian Healy to the fore in Ireland's win over New Zealand on Saturday, but Kilcoyne is happy to keep impressing for Rassie Erasmus' side right now.

"I'm trying to keep performing no matter what jersey I am in. I was delighted to be part of that team tonight. There is a real buzz around Munster at the moment, playing for Munster. I won't look too far ahead," said Kilcoyne.

"I have been with the club a long time now and we are really building momentum. It has been a while now since I felt that momentum, even in Pro12 games, you often get it in Europe, but to get that kind of a crowd.

"I thought in Cork here, the crowd was incredible, it really spurs us on and I think Axel would be smiling down with the way the province has united. That is what it feels like."

While the former UL Bohs prop missed out on an historic occasion in Chicago, he still has the chance to be part of the second Irish team to beat an All Black side in the space of a week.

Munster host the Maori All Blacks at an almost sold-out Thomond Park this Friday, and for the loosehead it brings back memories of when they pushed their senior team so close at the same venue in 2008.

"Munster put on a huge performance," he said. "The performance they put on was special and hopefully we can replicate that on Friday night."

Irish Independent

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