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Keith Wood Loved What He Saw At The Sportsground On Saturday

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Moments after the ball left Jack Carty's boot in Galway on Saturday evening, sailing between the posts to seal a dramatic win for Connacht against Wasps, Keith Wood began laughing maniacally.

The former Ireland captain was on co-commentary duty for Newstalk.

It was a famous win for Connacht, one which seriously aids their ambition of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup. The fans knew it too as they streamed onto the pitch to celebrate with the players.


Keith Wood was back on Newstalk last night for Wednesday Night Rugby, saying that the weekend's game had been his first time back in Connacht since he'd last played there. Presumably, he meant the Sportsground rather than the entire province.

Wood beautifully described the magic of Saturday night's win, particularly focusing on the scenes afterwards.

I went into the ground looking at it and I remembered it from times past. It's an interesting ground and it's got an interesting sense of character.

You could hear it in our commentary at the end. It was just lunacy. Everybody just peeled in straight over the fence, straight into the middle of the field. I'm convinced I saw a couple of stewards running in, not to stop people but to jump around with the players.

I called it a throwback because it reminded me of the reasons people love sport. It's the underdog. It's that sense of community from the supporters to the players. There was an incredible innocence to the whole thing. I don't mean that in any sort of condescending way.

I felt privileged to be there. It was that sort of a day. It was lovely. It was a cracking day - the reasons that you love sport were encapsulated in those last few minutes.

You can listen to Keith Wood on Off The Ball below.


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