Sunday 17 December 2017

It's time to beat the Ospreys - McKeon

Connacht's Eoin McKeon during a press conference
Connacht's Eoin McKeon during a press conference

Declan Rooney

Connacht No 8 Eoin McKeon is hoping to finally shake that losing feeling when he gets to walk away from the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

In his three trips to the Welsh capital the Galway-born back-row has yet to taste victory, but after last season's close shave he is confident that Connacht can take the four points this time out.

"We have been unlucky over there, but by our own fault. We put ourselves in positions that we had to play catch-up rugby, but I've felt hard done by over there, giving away soft tries, coming back feeling that we've underachieved," said Ireland 'A' international McKeon.

"I've been over the last three seasons. It's a lovely stadium and a lovely pitch, but a win is overdue.

"The last time we beat them was in 2013 in Galway, and that is the only victory I've had against them.

"I hope this time we stick to the structure and stick to the game-plan and get a win over there."

Despite just being 24, McKeon has already racked up more than 50 Pro12 appearances for Connacht, but last year's narrow miss at Champions Cup rugby still rankles.

He is confident that a more experienced squad this year can go on to achieve bigger and better things if they can manage the busy schedule ahead.

"We are only one week into this block of 16, so I'm sure the coaches will manage that workload for us," he said.

"When Pat (Lam) first came in there was a lot of changes, we were a young squad, but every year we are maturing and gelling a bit more. It's the same group that's been here and that's a big factor.

"It will always make a difference, with lads gelling together. So I think the way we're going is the right way."

Irish Independent

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