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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Muldoon's exit will add to test for Blues

Guinness PRO14 Connach v Leinster (Sportsground, Tom, 3.05, TG4)

Legend: John Muldoon
Legend: John Muldoon

Leinster will take their five-star show on the road to Connacht in the PRO14 League tomorrow, knowing that a home semi-final is already sealed, in all but name.

The gap of five points from Leinster to Scarlets in second place of Conference B is exacerbated by the gulf in points-difference of +126 in Leinster's favour.

It would take an almighty collapse on the part of Leinster and something similar from Bernard Jackman's Dragons at Rodney Parade to close the gap completely.

Despite this, scrum coach John Fogarty has made it known that the atmosphere generated in Galway by the fact it will be John Muldoon's final game is something Leinster cannot afford to get caught up in.

"It is going to be awesome, a hugely emotional day because John Muldoon has been a legend for Connacht," said Fogarty.

"It will be a hugely emotional day and that is something we need to deal with on the back of what was an emotional week for us last week.

"We need to make sure that emotionally we are in the right place and that we are focussing on doing a job.

"We can't let that distract us. I hope it doesn't," he added.

There is not much point in coach Cullen risking too many of the men that played in the European Cup semi-final at the Aviva last Saturday.

This is a perfect time to have a close look at those on the fringes.

Maybe, there will be a temptation to reward some of those who were prominent in Leinster A's unbelievable comeback to clip Jersey Reds 28-27 in the British & Irish Cup semi-final last Saturday.

Ciarán Frawley was one of those to impress, striking the winning conversion from the touchline as they overcame a 19-points deficit in the last seven minutes.

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