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Published: 12:32 | 28/5/16

Muldoon determined not to get carried away

Connacht skipper focused on beating Leinster

Connacht captain John Muldoon has admitted that it's been difficult not to dream of glory as his side prepares to take on Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 decider in Murrayfield later today.

Connacht have won many admirers with their attacking style of rugby this season and now face the biggest game in their history when they take on Leinster this afternoon.

Muldoon, one of the heroes of Pat Lam's side throughout the campaign, admits that it can be hard not to get carried away, but insists that the entire squad are focused on the job at hand.

"It's new for us but we've been thinking about this for a while and it's great to finally be here," the back row said.

"We're just looking forward to getting the next 24 hours out of the way.

"I'd say the next 24 hours will be interesting, keeping everyone calm and trying to keep everyone from getting too worked up.

"But it's great to be where we are and it'll be a big occasion tomorrow for players, families, supporters, everyone involved with Connacht and Irish rugby, to have two Irish teams at the end of the season is huge.

"To not be a spectator like we have been for numerous years, it's very exciting, it does feel a little bit like the night before Christmas.

"Every kid, whether it's a soccer ball or a sliotar and hurl, you're pretending to be Joe Cooney or whoever else and you're always dreaming of walking up the steps of whatever stadium and lifting a trophy above your head.

"I've probably done it a thousand times out in the back garden and even as a big child now you still sometimes let yourself have that 10 or 15 seconds of 'what if?'.

"I suppose everybody's been looking at us thinking 'it's time, you're going to fall over', but as the season goes on, the more you stay up there the more doubts that come from other people.

"But we feel like we've been knocking on the door for a while and, more so, we feel like we have the gameplan, the players and the belief to go out and do it."


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