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Connacht can inflict capital punishment on Leinster: Dillane

By Daragh Small

Connacht lock Ultan Dillane is confident the westerners can get rid of another hoodoo when they take on Leinster at the RDS in Dublin tomorrow.

Dillane, one of just three from the Guinness PRO12 champions to be included in Joe Schmidt's squad for the autumn internationals, reckons they are in with a good shout of a first ever win at the Dublin venue.

The Tralee native believes that back-to-back wins over Leinster last season, including the unforgettable 20-10 victory in the PRO12 final at Murrayfield, shows they have the measure of Leo Cullen's men.

But the 22-year-old says he is not underestimating the task facing them tomorrow.

"I am looking forward to the challenge. We have obviously got huge respect for Leinster," said Dillane, who has played 34 games for Connacht since making the breakthrough two years ago.

"We've certainly not beaten them in the RDS and it's a huge challenge ahead for us.

"But all the more exciting with the group of lads we have," said the five-times-capped second-row.

Connacht have won their last four games since their very slow start to the domestic season and are top of their pool in the Champions Cup.

However, the champions are still well off the pace in the PRO12 - in eighth despite back-to-back victories over Edinburgh and Ulster.

But with players like Bundee Aki and Dillane signing contract extensions this week, hopes are high that Connacht can build on last season's success.

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