It’s the final round of the Guinness PRO12 and the season goal of a top 6 finish is still in sight for Pat Lam’s men. It may be dependent on other results but the Connacht team are determined to get a win against the league leaders Ospreys on Saturday to ensure the best possible chance of qualification.

Ireland international centre Robbie Henshaw, who was last night named the IRUPA Young Player of the Year for the third year running, says that this Saturday’s game is up there with test match status for him:

“I’d nearly relate it to a test match. There are so many teams really playing for something and to be in that mix in the last round of fixtures is really exciting. Ospreys will be traveling with a fully loaded side and are coming here fighting for a home semi-final.

“We can only think about putting out our best performance possible but come 5 o’clock, we’ll know where we are and that tension probably reminds me of the Scotland v Ireland game and the last 6 Nations game when we were waiting to see what happened.“

21-year-old Henshaw was this week named in the PRO12 Dream Team of the Season but was quick to transfer the limelight to his fellow team mate Denis Buckley who was also included:

“Yea I was very pleased, not only for myself, but to see Denis in there as well was brilliant. He’s had an unreal year. But the recognition is all on the back of the team work and the work of the boys around us that help us look good as well.”

The Athlone man also feels that he has been able to transfer some of his 6 Nations experience to playing with his home province:

“I’m really enjoying the role of being a leader in the back line. I love the challenge of it and I love having a voice on and off the pitch as well.

“As a team, we’re getting better every year. This season, we’ve broken records in terms of games won and we’ve made the Sportsground somewhat of a fortress. We’re just looking to continuously improve as a team and that comes back to everyone giving 100% every time.

“We’ll certainly need that this Saturday where a win would be massive.”

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Connacht v Ospreys
Saturday May 16th
the Sportsground
Kick off 3pm

 

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