Thursday 19 April 2018

Connacht fall short

Edinburgh 19 Connacht 14

Connacht's winning start to the Pro12 came to a halt at Murrayfield against an Edinburgh side which committed less errors than the visitors and had in skipper Greig Laidlaw a reliable goal kicker.

Tiernan O'Halloran and Matthew Jarvis both missed chances to put Connacht ahead early on and when Jarvis missed a second kick at goal, the omens were not good.

Edinburgh grabbed their first points with a penalty from Laidlaw after 34 minutes.

Connacht, down to 14 men with Gavin Duffy sin-binned, went further behind as Laidlaw landed a second kick.

In a blizzard of penalties, Laidlaw and Jarvis added two, and replacement out-half Niall O'Connor left Connacht just three points in arrears with the scoreline at 12-9 going into the final quarter.

Edinburgh then got their try when Gregor Hunter went over and Laidlaw added the extras.

And while Connacht replied with a try from O'Connor, he was unable to convert his own score as the visitors fell short.

Edinburgh -- T Brown; L Jones, J Thompson, J King (M Scott 78), T Visser; G Laidlaw, C Leck; K Traynor (R Hislop 61), S Lawrie (A Kelly 61), S Knight, G Gilchrist (S McInally 59), S Turnbull, S Cox, R Grant, D Denton.

Connacht -- G Duffy; M McCrea (B Tuohy 66), E Griffin, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; M Jarvis (N O'Connor 54), F Murphy (P O'Donohoe 59); R Loughney (B Wilkinson 49), E Reynecke (A Flavin 59), R Ah You (D Rogers 44), M Swift, M McCarthy, J Muldoon, J O'Connor, G Naoupu (R Ofisa 36).

Ref -- A Falzone (Ita).

Irish Independent

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