Friday 20 January 2017

Connacht fail to find cutting edge



Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00

Connacht fell to their seventh successive defeat in all competitions when they were ousted by leaders Ospreys at the Sportsground last night.

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Connacht were on top in the opening half when they had the elements but still trailed by four points at the break. Miah Nikora got Connacht off the mark with a kick after 15 minutes, after Ospreys were penalised for not rolling away. Ospreys' first attack of note yielded a score when Dave Gannon was penalised for offside and Morgan converted the penalty.

Their next worthwhile attack yielded the opening try when scrum-half Rhys Webb stepped inside Connacht loosehead prop Brett Wilkinson and Morgan got round Connacht full-back Gavin Duffy to touch down.

Connacht hit back almost immediately and Nikora landed a good penalty.

Ospreys wrapped up the game after 62 minutes. Prop Duncan Jones broke off a lineout and Ospreys piled on the pressure for Fussell to send Sonny Parker over for the try.

Scorers -- Connacht: Pens: Nikora (2)

Ospreys: Tries: Morgan, Parker Cons: Morgan (2) Pen: Morgan

Connacht: G Duffy; B Tuohy (M McCrea, 68), D McSharry, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; M Nikora (N O'Connor, 51), P O'Donohoe (F Murphy, 51); B Wilkinson (R Loughney 54), A Flavin (E Reynecke, 54), R Ah You; D Gannon, G Naoupu; TJ Anderson (M Kearney, 40), J Muldoon, R Ofisa (E Grace, 70).

Ospreys: B Davies; T Bowe (H Dirksen, 74), A Bishop, A Beck (S Parker, 53), R Fussell; M Morgan, R Webb; D Jones, R Hibbard (M Davies, 74), A Jarvis (C Griffiths, 57); I Gough (L Peers, 77), J King; T Smith, C O'Toole (G Stowers, 54), J Bearman.

Referee: A McMenemy (SRU).

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