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Muldoon wants repeat of 2008 win

Published 17/04/2014 | 02:30

Connacht's John Muldoon played a key role in their win over Munster in December 2008
Connacht's John Muldoon played a key role in their win over Munster in December 2008

There are likely to be only two players involved at the Sportsground on Saturday who know what it is like to help Connacht defeat Munster in a professional rugby game. One of them is John Muldoon, who played a key role when Connacht scored their only win over Munster in the new era when they ousted them 12-6 in December 2008.

The other is Ian Keatley, who kicked all the points for Connacht that day and who, of course, is the one player Munster can't afford to get injured this weekend.

Muldoon says that derby matches always bring out an edge in teams, but he would dearly love to secure another win over Munster. In the process, Connacht want to prevent a whitewash to the Irish provinces this season.

"It's a big opportunity for us to lay down a marker and show that we have improved. It is a goal of ours to get the most points we have ever achieved in the Rabo. We have three games left and the fact that it's a derby is better again.

"The last day in Thomond against them, it was a bit niggly, but that shows what the derby games are about. Everyone gets on well off the pitch, but when you walk out over that line you are not friends any more. That rivalry is what makes the crowd come and what makes derby games – no matter where you are playing or what sport it is."

Irish Independent

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