Saturday 20 January 2018

O'Halloran hungry to turn tables on bogey team Ulster

Tiernan O'Halloran, Connacht
Tiernan O'Halloran, Connacht

John Fallon

Connacht have only beaten Ulster once in their last 17 meetings, but tomorrow they will be hoping that Tiernan O'Halloran (below) can repeat his scoring touch which netted them that rare win three years ago.

The 24-year-old crossed for the opening try to send Connacht on their way to a 26-21 win over the northern province at the Sportsground in April 2012.

Connacht have lost their last three games, all of which were away from home, and O'Halloran (below) knows they need to get a win tomorrow to keep their hopes of a first ever top-six finish on track.

"It's a crucial time of the season now. We haven't been here for a while now and against a team like Ulster, one of the Irish provinces, it really doesn't get any bigger and it's a huge game," he said.

"I suppose at this stage for sixth place we can't really have any slip-ups but then again we're not really looking ahead of this weekend. We can't really have excuses so we're all out to win this weekend," added O'Halloran, who has played 72 times since making his debut in the 2009-10 season.

He was disappointed their European dream died in Gloucester last Friday night when they were edged out 14-7 in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

"It was a huge game for us and unfortunately it didn't go the way we wanted but we're not going to take time looking at that game, that's over," he said.

"So it's all on top six for us and it's all looking at this Ulster game so we're fully focused on this game.

"We've had a good buzz around the place this week. Training has gone well, beautiful weather, that always makes it easier so yeah it's all looking good for Saturday," added the former Ireland U-20s international.

Irish Independent

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