Sunday 18 August 2019

Eagles are outclassed

Scores early in the second half from Joe Thomas and Tom O’Flaherty ended the game as a contest. Photo: Getty
Scores early in the second half from Joe Thomas and Tom O’Flaherty ended the game as a contest. Photo: Getty

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Connacht Eagles were on the wrong end of a 55-14 thumping by the Ospreys Premiership Select in the British & Irish Cup.

Ospreys Select 55 Connacht Eagles 14

The Welsh side ran in a total of nine tries in this one-sided encounter at Aberavon to leave the Eagles rooted to the bottom of Pool 3 and without a win in the cross-border competition this season.

Their latest defeat was on the cards as soon as Jay Baker went over for a fifth-minute try and from there it only went downhill.

Scrum-half Connor Lowndes and replacement Stephen McVeigh crossed the line for Connacht, McVeigh's effort coming in the final minute, but they were mere consolation scores by the time they arrived.

Connacht fly-half Luke Carty converted both the tries but there was no doubting the visitors had been outclassed from beginning to end.

"We are really pleased to get the win and I was impressed by the way we kept going," said Ospreys Premiership Select coach Tom Smith.

"Connacht were always going to be difficult opposition and they never stopped playing, but we scored some nice tries."

The Ospreys led 26-7 at the break, Lowndes' effort in the 35th minute just about keeping Connacht in contention. But scores early in the second half from Joe Thomas and Tom O'Flaherty ended the game as a contest.

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Connacht had the last laugh as McVeigh went over late on but the encounter had long since been decided.

Ospreys Premiership Select: Jones (Gage 60); Baker (Claypole 72), Thomas, Williams (Evans 72), O'Flaherty; Price, Aubrey; Jenkins (Jeffries 52), Gustafson (capt ,Phillips 56), Suter; Pope (Thresher 63), Ratti; Tomalin-Reeves, Jones (Dunham 72), Davies.

Connacht Eagles: Byrne (McKeon 72); Debuitlea (Murphy 49), Harrington, O'Keefe, Conroy; Carty, Lowndes; Dineen (Meunargia 72), O'Toole (O'Hehir 60), Meunargia (East 50); Romaine (Gallagher 49), Qualter; Kelly, Moloney, Connolly (McVeigh 64).

Ref: Adam Leal.

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