Thursday 14 December 2017

Eagles can't reign on Newport's Parade

Newport RFC 18 Connacht Eagles 14 British and Irish Cup

Bernard Fineran reckons Connacht's Matt Healy would have been useful for Giovanni Trapattoni after showing neat footballing skills to score his side's sole try.

Wing Healy displayed nice footwork as he booted the ball forward three times to put the Eagles ahead for the first time, on the hour mark.

But Newport stormed back in this keenly contested Pool 5 tie as Will Richards added to Craig Attwell's first-half try to score in the final minute at Rodney Parade.

"It's disappointing to lose such a close match," Connacht boss Fineran said. "But Matt did well to score. He hacked on three times before he put the ball down."

Nigel Carolan's outfit started well and Tadhg Leader scored two first-half penalties. Leader added a third successful kick in the second period, but Newport claimed that late winner.

Newport -- J Leadbeater, A Hewitt (A Awcock 58), G O'Driscoll, W Richards, T Chavhanga (E Frewen 24), T Hancock, R Downes (A Quick 57), N Williams, A Brown, T Ryan, R Jones (D Rosser 60), A Frampton, S Waldron (B Lampitt 53), C Attwell (capt), R Coombs.

Connacht Eagles -- S Leyden J Loxton, C Finn (D Leader 70), T Leader, M Healy (S Macauley 60), J Carty, M Walsh (M Dolan 70); B Wilkinson, J Harris-Wright (K O'Byrne 64), JP Cooney (P Reilly 67), M Kearney (U Dillane 60), D Qualter, D Heffernan, E Grace (Capt), J Gardiner (A Conneely 50)

Ref -- G MacDonald.

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