Departing Connacht legend John Muldoon bowed out in style on Saturday as his side hammered Leinster at the Sportsground.
The captain is hang up his boots at the end of the season after fifteen years with the province, and Connacht made sure that his send-off would be a memorable with a comprehensive 47-10 Pro14 victory against a much-changed Leinster side.
There was one last surprise to come from the 35-year-old in his last appearance. Substitute Calin Blade had touched down for what turned out to be Connacht’s final try of the game and, to put the icing on the cake, the number eight placed the ball in the centre and converted with less than ten minutes remaining.
mo leithscéal — update……
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— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) April 28, 2018
And John Muldoon adds the conversion to Connacht’s seventh try against leinster. Not a sentence I thought I would ever write.
— david kelly (@dk3lly) April 28, 2018
Humble to the end, Muldoon took the opportunity in his post-match interview to apolgise for taking the conversion, though it seems likely that nobody on the Leinster side will have taken offence to it.
With over 320 appearances to his name, Muldoon now moves on to pastures new. He will soon move to Bristol for the new Premiership season, wherein he will work with former Connacht coach Pat Lam as the side’s new defence coach.