Cardiff Blues 13-19 Connacht – reaction

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Connacht came back from 13-0 down to beat Cardiff Blues 19-13 at Cardiff Arms Park in the Guinness PRo12 to move within 3 points of the Welsh side in the table. Tiernan O’Halloran’s drop-goal on 78 minutes, his first in professional rugby, snatched the win to complete an outstanding comeback for the visitors with Craig Ronaldson adding a last-gasp penalty to complete a season’s double over Cardiff Blues for the first time. The Connacht try came just before half time as an excellent Jack Carty crossfield kick was collected by Niyi Adeolokun in the 22. Hooker Tom McCartney charged through the middle to move Connacht into the red zone with a perfectly lofted Carty pass finding Healy on the left wing to cross for a superb score. Cooney landed the tricky conversion to make it 13-7 at half-time. Two more John Cooney penalties in the second half levelled the match at 13-13 before O’Halloran’s late drop goal sealed a famous win. After the game, Rob Murphy spoke to Connacht Coach Pat Lam…

Rob also spoke to drop goal hero Tiernan O’Halloran about his match winning effort…

 

Connacht host the Newport Gwent Dragons at The Sportsground next Saturday night at 7.35pm.

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran; Niyi Adeolokun, Stacey Ili (Tom Farrell, 58), Craig Ronaldson, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, John Cooney (Caolin Blade, 69); Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney (Dave Heffernan, 65), JP Cooney (Finlay Bealham, 46); Quinn Roux, James Cannon (Nepia Fox-Matamua, 61); Sean O’Brien (Naulia Dawai, 77), Jake Heenan, John Muldoon (captain).