December 2015 was the last time Ulster left Galway with a victory and Murphy wants to end that run.
“We haven’t had a great run of results there the last few years,” he said. “Looking back in our team meeting we have lost that first 20 minute battle with them and they tend to get their tails up pretty quick and it is always hard to claw them back away from home when you give the opposition a great platform to start off.
“We need to look at getting a good competitive start, as a group we are all relishing another challenge down at the Sportsground obviously results haven’t gone our way in the past few weeks and we haven’t had a lot of luck down there in the last few years, we’ll definitely want to put that right this week.
“Connacht are an attritional side and you never know what the elements are going to be like down there so it could be just one of those games where there is only a score in it.
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“Connacht have had two defeats on the bounce as well so both teams will be relishing the opportunity for a win.
“There is not a lot given in these interpros so we have to move on pretty quick and get ready for business. “
“The interpros are always that bit spicier, I’ve known a few of the boys a long time, I would have played in school with Denis Buckley and Dave Heffernan, those games where you are playing against mates and you can get one of them is all the sweeter.”