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Andy Friend: Little old Connacht can really shake up the blues

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On Friday night, 15 Connacht players will tread a new frontier for the province on the sports field as they play knockout rugby for the first time at the Heineken Champions Cup.

It may be a new sensation but the opposition they face is all too familiar and it is in Leinster that they will be put to a mammoth test of their abilities.

Coach Andy Friend knows his side are clear underdogs but believes his side will put up a strong resistance in the first leg on home soil.

“It’s an added spice, it’s Interpro with the Champions Cup tied and now it’s knockout so it’s another level of intensity that goes into that performance,” said the Australian.

“They know that as a four-time Champions Cup winner Leinster wants to finish fifth, we’re standing in their way to get to the next stage and they’re coming with everything.

“But here’s little ole Connacht, we’re here, standing in your way and making sure you bring your best game.

“The bookies have all the stats and they give you some odds that will be pretty cheap if you want to bet on Leinster.

“But that’s what we do sport for, isn’t it, because everything that happened before; Yes it might be a guide for you but you have to go forward and do it at night so listen to us there is tremendous belief that… I know I keep saying it but if we do our Play game and play it for 80 minutes, what happened before goes out the window, it’s what’s going to happen in that 80.

“If we play our game I think we can shake them up well.

“It’s all about getting the best performance on Friday night and hopefully that’s enough to get points.

“If so and you’re still alive, then the second leg will be even more spectacular.”

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