Thursday 22 March 2018

Reds scalp would mean world to us – O'Halloran

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

John Fallon

Connacht winger Tiernan O'Halloran says that securing a second victory over Munster in the professional era would be a great way to start bringing the curtain down on an indifferent season.

O'Halloran had not yet arrived on the scene when Connacht beat Munster 12-6 in December 2008 for their only win over the Reds since 1986.

The 23-year old has tasted victory against the other two in his 66 appearances for Connacht, but Munster remain elusive.

"It would be massive to beat them. We are obviously very disappointed with the Ulster display, but we've had four very good wins recently," he insists.

"We've been scoring tries as well and that's one thing we struggled with at the start of the season, so you can see it is coming together.

"We are looking to get back this weekend and keep sticking to the way we are playing rugby at the moment, it's an exciting brand of rugby."

O'Halloran may find himself facing Simon Zebo on Saturday evening, but that's a battle he is looking forward to if it materialises.

"We would be good enough mates, we've actually had a few good battles in the past, but I suppose we will have to wait and see about team selection," says the winger.

"But, hopefully, if I'm on the same wing, I'll be looking forward to going toe-to-toe with him.

"We expect them to have a full team out as it is the week before the Heineken Cup semi-final. It's going to be a massive game, they are going to bring a lot of physicality especially in the forwards.

"They are going to set down a marker before Toulon, so we are expecting a massive game, but we also need to bounce back after the Ulster match."


Saracens have allayed injury fears surrounding their England fly-half Owen Farrell.

Farrell went off at half-time in Saracens' 28-24 victory over Aviva Premiership title rivals Northampton two days ago because of a foot problem.

But subsequent medical checks have delivered a positive outcome.

"Owen Farrell will resume training towards the end of this week," a Saracens spokesman said.

"The Saracens and England fly-half sustained a foot injury during the match against Northampton Saints on Sunday, but scans have indicated no serious damage."

The news will come as a considerable boost to Saracens rugby director Mark McCall as preparations begin to gather pace for a Heineken Cup semi-final showdown with French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on April 26.

Irish Independent

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