Saturday 25 February 2017

High-scoring ties becoming a trend

John Fallon

Connacht scored more in the 33-32 loss away to champions Glasgow Warriors than they did in the 29-23 win over Dragons on the opening day
Connacht scored more in the 33-32 loss away to champions Glasgow Warriors than they did in the 29-23 win over Dragons on the opening day

The numbers certainly stack up for Connacht after two rounds of the Guinness Pro12 and the evidence so far suggests a high-scoring clash at the Sportsground tomorrow.

Connacht would not be renowned for their scoring prowess over the years but they are second highest scorers after two rounds - with tomorrow's opponents Cardiff Blues top of the pile.

That's largely due to the Welsh side running in 11 tries in an opening weekend 61-13 rout of Zebre, while they scored 15 points going down away to Leinster in their second match.

Connacht scored more in the 33-32 loss away to champions Glasgow Warriors than they did in the 29-23 win over Dragons on the opening day.

Cardiff lead the way with 11 tries for a total of 76 points, with Connacht touching down seven times so far for a total of 61. However, the concession of 56 points is second only to bottom of the table Zebre who have leaked 74.

Four of Connacht's seven tries have been converted, with six penalties making up the total.

There have been 50 tries in the 12 league games played so far this season, 27 of which were converted.

A total of 59 penalties have been landed but there has not yet been a single drop goal.

Connacht's discipline has also been good and they are one of four sides yet to pick a yellow or red card after two rounds.

Dragons, Munster and Ulster are the others without an unblemished record so far.

There has not been any red cards or proven citings after two rounds, but a total of 18 yellow cards have been dished out with Scarlets the biggest offenders with six binnings in two games in the two wins which have taken them top of the table.

Irish Independent

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