Time Connacht made Euro mark – McSharry
Connacht centre Dave McSharry says that having taken several big scalps in the Heineken Cup in the past three years, it is now time they qualified for the competition off their own bat.
The Westerners' first appearance in the competition three seasons ago came on the back of Leinster winning the tournament and since then, it has been continued success of the Blues that has kept them in it.
But, with a new-look competition about to be unveiled and Connacht in the richest vein of good results in a dozen years, McSharry believes they can make it.
They head to Llanelli on Sunday hoping to equal their best ever run of five straight wins and McSharry reckons they can finish in the top six. "It would be great not to have to rely on any favours from one of the other provinces, we want to be doing it ourselves and we're in a good position," he said.