Wednesday 21 February 2018

Niyi hails fans' role in push for glory

Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun has praised fans for their part in the provinces's success this season. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun has praised fans for their part in the provinces's success this season. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht flier Niyi Adeolokun says the Sportsground faithful have played a massive part in the province's new-found success this season.

Connacht are almost guaranteed a play-off position entering the two final rounds in this season Pro12, and with Champions Cup qualification already secured, 2015-16 has been a resounding success.

Despite their Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Grenoble in the quarter-final two weeks ago, Connacht bounced back to hammer Munster 35-14 at the Sportsground last weekend.

It was the second game in a row where winger Adeolokun dotted down twice as his strike rate continues to grow, after a fantastic outing in Grenoble.

The 25-year-old has scored nine tries in 28 Connacht appearances since he joined from Ulster Bank League outfit Dublin University before the start of last season.

He has gone from strength to strength this season especially, but the Nigerian-born speedster is keeping his feet on the ground, and says that he relishes playing at home in front of the Clan Stand especially.

Extra terracing has been announced for Connacht final game of the regular season against Glasgow, and Adeolokun say the crowd play a huge part.

"Coming out of the Clan Stand it's absolutely incredible. The way the crowd is just behind you, screaming at every ball you get and every nice play you make, it gives you the extra boost you need to go on, play well, and play better.

"It's a great motivation to know that they are right behind us and they are supporting us very well," he said.

Irish Independent

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