Tuesday 16 July 2019

Ronaldson close to conversion record

Connacht out-half Craig Ronaldson came within a whisker of equalling a scoring record which has stood since the first season of the league.
Connacht out-half Craig Ronaldson came within a whisker of equalling a scoring record which has stood since the first season of the league.

John Fallon

Connacht out-half Craig Ronaldson came within a whisker of equalling a scoring record which has stood since the first season of the league.

Eric Elwood kicked seven conversions in Connacht's record 62-0 win over Caerphilly in 2001 and on Sunday Ronaldson converted six of his side's seven attempts.

Ironically, the conversion which eluded him was not the most difficult of the kicks on a day when the swirling wind made it awkward for the kickers.

That didn't stop the 25-year-old landing both penalty attempts in addition to his half a dozen converts.

"I'm just trying to get my rhythm back and I kind of managed to judge the wind okay. I missed one of the easier ones but happy to be back in there now, helping out the team. The most important thing is that we got the win," he said.

He said that hearing that Robbie Henshaw was man of the match against England before they ran out on the field was a perfect boost.

"We didn't really get to see much of the game building up to our own match. We kind of saw a glimpse of it and we obviously heard he scored a try and played well.

"Obviously it's great. It does give you that bit of boost going out there knowing that one of guys is performing well on the international stage and we obviously wanted to go out and put in a good performance for everyone involved.

"Robbie's world-class at the moment but we've got guys to step up when he's not here and we've got to keep pushing that going forward, starting in Cardiff," added Ronaldson.

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