Wednesday 28 September 2016

European Watch: Fair Play gong nets €10,000

Matt Cassidy

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

Connacht did not pick a single caution in their final five games since Mick Kearney was sin-binned in the province's controversial loss to the Cardiff Blues
Connacht did not pick a single caution in their final five games since Mick Kearney was sin-binned in the province's controversial loss to the Cardiff Blues

Connacht came out on top of the Specsavers Fair Play table for the second successive season at the Guinness Pro12 Awards as a result of having the best disciplinary record in the league

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A £10,000 windfall for youth development in the province is Connacht's reward for receiving the fewest yellow cards, red cards and proven citings over the course of the 22 regular league game season.

Pat Lam's men beat off competition from closest rivals and last Saturday's opponents, Ospreys, to take the gong and the cash prize.

They did not pick a single caution in their final five games since Mick Kearney was sin-binned in the province's controversial loss to the Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital back in March.

The Specsavers Fair Play league ranks each team on their discipline throughout the campaign via a points system, with the club who has the fewest points accumulated being declared the winner.

Connacht finished top of the pile after they collected only eight points because of eight yellow cards over the duration of the league, two points clear of their nearest challenger, Ospreys.

The points total this season is three better than last year's effort where Connacht were joint winners with Ulster - who find themselves rock bottom of the table in 2015 with 28 points.

Captain John Muldoon was present at the Guinness Storehouse to collect the award.

Irish Independent

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