WATCH: Ultan Dillane's destruction of Kurtley Beale sums up Connacht's Galway fortress 5 years ago

WATCH: Ultan Dillane's destruction of Kurtley Beale sums up Connacht's Galway fortress

Thou shall not pass.

Ultan Dillane is a proud man. When you couple that pride with a bit of brute, immovable force, it can be a frightening prospect.


Whether he's charging forward or standing his ground, the Connacht second row is a no-nonsense presence. He's a bloody terrifying presence.

Just ask the Kearney brothers.


For province and for country, the 23-year-old is setting the world alight with his beast-like plays. No game passes by without the name Dillane drawing breathless acclaim from fans and commentators.


He makes things happen and he doesn't give two shits if he has to run over the top of his countrymen to do so.

On Saturday night, Connacht made the rugby community sit up and take notice yet again.


Their last-gasp victory over Wasps in Galway was monumental and the scenes that followed were fittingly joyous.

On big nights, it's little moments that set the tone. It's little messages of defiance that send rallying calls to your fellow soldiers. It's the little things that add up - especially when they come as big as Ultan Dillane's thumping tackle in the first half.

27 minutes on the clock, Connacht 7-3 down, they're a man down too with Tiernan O'Halloran sitting in the sin-bin. Wasps are flirting with their try line again. The Sportsground falls silent. Ultan Dillane lists them off their knees.

Kurtley Beale comes forward as the visitors look dangerous. Ultan Dillane sends him back on his arse and might as well stand over the top of him to say, 'you better make yourself comfortable down there, boy.'


This is Galway. This is Dillane.