Defence coach Pete Wilkins says that Connacht are keen to end their domestic season with a win away to Scarlets on Monday night.
The Westerners head into the clash in Wales knowing that, regardless of the result, they are guaranteed to finish in second place in Conference B of the PRO14.
However, Wilkins says that it is important for Connacht to win the game, for morale purposes and to build momentum ahead of the European Challenge Cup last 16 game away to Leicester Tigers on April 3rd.
Elsewhere, lock Niall Murray — who started last weekend’s defeat by Edinburgh — says that the more experienced members of the Connacht squad have helped himself establish himself after breaking into the senior squad from the academy.
The former Ireland U20 international has made five league appearances this season and has impressed with his line-out efficiency and physicality.
Murray credits Quinn Roux, Gavin Thornbury, and Ultane Dillane — the team’s most experienced second rows — with helping him develop his game by dispensing advice and offering encouragement.
The Roscommon native also praised the coaching of forwards coach Jimmy Duffy and said the former Connacht lock has played his part in improving his game.