Murray Kinsella reports from Murrayfield
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IF ANYONE DESERVED to lift the Pro12 trophy this evening, it was John Muldoon.
After his 275th appearance for Connacht, and a performance that saw him named man of the match, the 33-year-old finally got his hands on a trophy.
His team-mates has spoken about being motivated by the opportunity to reward their captain in this final against Leinster and their delight for the Portumna man was clear at the final whistle.
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In his 13th season, the most Connacht man of them all finally has a winner’s medal.
“It’s phenomenal,” said Muldoon afterwards. “You dream of days like this and you dream of being part of days like this but it definitely hasn’t sunk in yet anyway. It’s absolute euphoria in the changing room and I’m delighted for all the lads.
“We spoke all week about wanting to go out there and wanting to perform and do what we’ve done all year and I think we did that. That’s the most pleasing aspect of it, the fact that we didn’t go into our shells.
“I’m delighted for everybody. It’s a good day.”
The Connacht support at Murrayfield was outstanding, with a sea of green in the 34,550 attendance.
The western province’s supporters waited around the West Stand entrance from hours before the game in order to show their support for Pat Lam’s side when they arrived at Murrayfield.
When the Connacht bus pulled into view, the reception was deafening.
“We came in to the sea of green and the Fields of Athenry and we were walking in with shivers down our spine,” said Muldoon when asked if this win felt like destiny. “It just felt good and I suppose that’s probably destiny, if that’s the answer you’re looking for.
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“My missus was working a couple of weeks back and she went to some fortune teller but she wouldn’t tell me the outcome of it. But we were getting to the final in this fortune telling but she wouldn’t tell me the result.
“I’ll definitely ask her now what she said, but she told me we were getting to the final three weeks ago. Maybe that’s destiny.”