Saturday 3 December 2016

Fair game as Lam's men go top

Daragh Small

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30

Pat Lam's men moved to the summit last weekend with Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney picking up yellow for Leinster in their defeat to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium (Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE)
Pat Lam's men moved to the summit last weekend with Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney picking up yellow for Leinster in their defeat to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium (Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE)

Connacht Rugby are now top of the Specsavers Fairplay League with just two rounds of rugby remaining in the Pro12.

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Pat Lam's men moved to the summit last weekend with Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney picking up yellow for Leinster in their defeat to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

Connacht are set to earn a £10,000 windfall to go towards their youth development if they can maintain their discipline.

They have eight points - a point is added for each yellow card while three points are put onto a team's tally if they get a red card or if they are on the receiving end of an upheld citing.

Connacht have only had eight yellows in the league this season, three of which came in the opening three rounds.

John Muldoon (two), Dave McSharry, Willie Faloon, Kieran Marmion, Aly Muldowney, Finlay Bealham and Mick Kearney have all been sent to the bin this term in the Pro12.

Meanwhile, in the race for the top points' scorer, ex-Connacht star and now Munster out-half Ian Keatley is second in the standings.

The 28-year-old who left the Sportsground in 2011 has 142 points including one try, 28 conversions and 27 penalties in 17 Pro12 appearances this term and he is four points behind Dan Biggar.

Ulster's Craig Gilroy's is the league's top try-scorer with 11, Matt Healy is Connacht's best with four tries in 15 Pro12 games.

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