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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Jones puts the boot in to halt Connacht comeback

CONNACHT EAGLES' wait for their first win in the competition goes on, but they will take comfort from this bonus-point defeat in Wales.

The Westerners fought back from 14-3 down at half-time after conceding three early penalties – dispatched by Steffan Jones – and an Ollie Hodge try.

Tadhg Leader kept the pressure up by adding two further penalties to his first-half effort and giving his side hope.

Sub Jack Carty made it a two-point game with a penalty, but the young Connacht side wilted in the closing stages and Steffan Jones made the win safe for last year's finalists.

CROSS KEYS – G David; D Jones, L Andrews, L Ford, L Williams; S Jones, R James (capt); R Cornock, G Price, A Lott; D Hodge, O Hodge; T Lampard, S Matthews, A Powell.

CONNACHT EAGLES – J Loxton; M McCrea, T Leader, B Murphy, M Healy; J Carty, D Moore; R Sweeney, K O'Byrne, P Reilly; J Gardiner, D Gannon; D Heffernan, E Grace (capt), A Conneely. Reps: K Haupt, P Griffin, C Kindregan, TJ Anderson, M Walsh, F Gormley, S Toal-Lennon.

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