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Conway hopes try start of something special


By Ruaidhri O'Connor

After the try, Andrew Conway wants the trophy.

The winger has his Thomond Park moment and it will live long in the memory banks, yet he doesn't want his heroic intervention against Toulon to be in vain.

The Dubliner doesn't want to dwell on the moment he broke the French giants' hearts, but he hasn't been before the microphones since and it is too good not to revisit it just for a moment.

First, the catch and the refusal to give up on a Francois Trinh-Duc touch-finder, arcing his body acrobatically before setting off towards the try-line, finding the chasing line disconnecting and side-stepping his way past the covering defenders to set Ian Keatley up with a kick underneath the posts to win it and send Thomond Park into raptures.

It is a stand-alone sporting moment, a Thomond tale that will be passed on through the generations.

Footage of the score on YouTube has been viewed more than 125,000 times and it's not that Conway has been wearing out the F5 button on his keyboard re-watching his feats. Far from it.

"Celebrating is great, it's great to score and it's great for it to have an effect on the result, but if I'm still watching it on YouTube and I'm thinking about it now, then it's no good to me," he said matter of factly.

"It would be great if we could look back on it at the end of May as being a pivotal moment in us winning the European Cup, but at this point it was a big moment in a quarter-final that got us to a semi, but now we're in a semi and that's a new challenge," he said ahead of Sunday's last four showdown with Racing 92 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Conway wants to move the story on, but a try like that deserves a bit of dissection.

"As it's going to the touchline, I'm going, 'I know my feet are in, is it going to go out, is it not?'

"I thought I was going to be able to catch it and have a go, and I think (Josua) Tuisova would have just assumed that the ball was going out.

"So once I realised that, that there was a bit of space, and you're 75 minutes into a really tough game, the forwards would have thought it was going out, they're taking a breather, everyone kinda thinks it's going out and then it doesn't, and something opens up and luckily I was in position to have a crack and get in behind the line."

His try gave him a moment he'll never forget, but it also opened the door to more, and Conway is keen to make the most of it.

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