Wednesday 17 January 2018

Muldoon calls on Connacht to go back to basics for French test

John Muldoon: 'It’s a game we’ll relish'. Photo: Sportsfile
John Muldoon: 'It’s a game we’ll relish'. Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht captain John Muldoon has urged his men to go back to basics if they want to topple Brive tomorrow.

Pat Lam's men travel to France having lost five of their last six outings after their 21-19 defeat against Scarlets in the Pro12 last weekend. They clash with the in-form Top 14 side at Stade Amédée-Domenech as they look to ensure top spot in Pool 1 of the Challenge Cup.

With Russian side Enisei-STM following in their final game at the Sportsground next week, a win in France would put them in pole position for a home quarter-final.

"It's a game we'll relish, particularly in the forwards. Looking at their games a lot of their opportunities come with penalties off scrum and mauls. If we can nail our jobs, especially in maul defence and scrum, we will be taking away a major weapon of theirs.

"Typically against French sides when you win the forward contests, it can make life a lot easier for you and it will put us in a good position to win the game," he said.

The 33-year-old is under no illusions that his side need to bounce back following their 29-5 defeat at Newcastle in the last round. And he relishes the opportunity to play big games in France.

"It's a different test but something we're really looking forward to. We can really feed off the atmosphere over there. You know you're doing well because the crowd get on their own team's back and when they're even more boisterous when they're doing well.

"It's always a good experience. It is also a huge game for us. To progress in the competition and more importantly to get a home quarter-final, we know we need to go over there and win."

Irish Independent

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