**As Ian Madigan shaped up for one of the biggest kicks of his career, Ulster captain Alan O’Connor thought it wise to offer some words of encouragement.**\n\nMadigan, a talented fly-half who has played in Ireland, France and England, won two Six Nations titles and 30 international caps, admits his mouth went dry and his palms a little sweaty. \n\nThere may have been no fans at BT Murrayfield, but that probably made it worse. So, stand-in skipper O’Connor, like all intuitive captains, stepped in. \n\n"He told me he loved me which was a nice touch,” Madigan said. \n\n"I've only known him a couple of weeks but for him to be expressing his love for me, it gave me a boost of confidence. \n\n"That could have been the difference." \n\nSeconds later, Madigan booted the penalty through the posts to complete a remarkable comeback and send Ulster to the Guinness PRO14 Final at Edinburgh’s expense.