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Reidy out for revenge over Connacht


Motivated: Ulster’s Sean Reidy
Motivated: Ulster’s Sean Reidy
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster will need little motivation to maintain their focus over the Christmas period with Connacht the next visitors to Kingspan Stadium, according to Sean Reidy.

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Reidy was one of a host of frontline players rested for last Friday's high-scoring 54-42 defeat to Leinster in the RDS but figures to come back into what will be a more experienced side when Andy Friend's men come north on Friday night (7.35pm kick-off).

Connacht were the last side to win at Kingspan Stadium, beating Ulster away for the first time in 58 years in October last year, and the flanker admits it remains a tough one to take for the squad and their head coach, former Connacht man Dan McFarland.

"It was pretty disappointing and we've held onto that one a bit," said Reidy.

"They got one against us last time so they'll be coming here with no fear and we have to put in a performance."

The province are well placed in both Europe and the league as 2019 draws to a close but Reidy has stressed the need to keep building into the new year.

“There’s still plenty of work to be done,” he said.

“You can slip up pretty easily around this time of year if you lose a few games, especially in the PRO14 so we have to keep improving and have to keep getting better.

“We’ve a couple of home games back to back so that’s always good with our support. I’m sure the place will be pumping.”

In a week disrupted by both an Ireland camp concluding today and Christmas on Wednesday, there is likely to be only one full training session and captain’s run before Ulster’s game with the westerners on Friday night.

Far from home in Auckland for the holidays, Reidy will spend the day with team-mates in Belfast.

“It’s pretty tough I guess seeing all your friends and family back home enjoying the sun and the barbecues and what have you,” he said.

“We’re going to have Matt Faddes and his missus around so we’re still having that Kiwi Christmas.”

Sean Reidy was speaking to the Belfast Telegraph at House of Fraser Belfast’s Raging Bull department. Raging Bull are official clothing partners of Ulster Rugby.

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