By John O’Sullivan
Connacht accomplished the clear sweep of away interprovincial victories this season after a 24-20 win towards Munster within the Rainbow Cup at Thomond Park.
The guests registered three tries by way of Sammy Arnold, Conor Fitzgerald, and Kieran Marmion with Fitzgerald tagging on an extra 9 factors by way of three conversions and a penalty.
The hosts scored two tries and two penalties, but it surely was Connacht — with their defence stable, particularly the road out maul — who sealed a deserved victory.
The away workforce began brightly and after their strain earned them a shot at objective, Fitzgerald nudged them forward with a sweetly struck penalty.
Munster responded effectively and so they powered over for the primary attempt of the evening when James Cronin barrelled over from shut vary. With the conversion profitable, the house workforce lead 7-3 in an entertaining opening to the sport.
Connacht responded brilliantly, nonetheless, and from the next restart they opened their try-scoring account. A excessive restart from Fitzgerald prompted confusion within the residence workforce’s ranks and after the ball was spilled, Arnold confirmed sharpness of thoughts to assert the ball. The Eire worldwide, who began the sport on the wing, powered by way of would-be tackles and touched down. Making no mistake, Fitzgerald slotted a troublesome conversion from the nook and the Westerners lead 10-7.
Exhibiting confidence within the assault, the strain being utilized by the Westerners pressured Munster into conceding penalties and it culminated in Shane Day by day being yellow carded for an intentional knock-on.
With the person benefit and Fitzgerald and captain Tom Daly managing the sport beautifully with sharp territorial kicking, Connacht had been establishing discipline place deep within the hosts’ half. The away workforce kicked a penalty to the road and — after an intricate transfer — the ball was labored to Daly and the centre discovered Fitzgerald on a loop transfer. The fly half ran an angled line then stepped and sped into area for a attempt which he transformed to provide the guests a 17-7 lead.
Munster had been subsequent to attain and so they decreased the margin to a few factors when Rhys Marshall crossed the road from shut vary and Ben Healy transformed. The groups went into the break with Connacht main 17-14 after an enthralling half of rugby.
The Westerners started the second half in blistering style and so they had a attempt scarcely a minute in. Robust defence pressured a Munster knock-on and from the free ball Cian Prendergast kicked by way of. The ball fell to Marmion and the scrum-half pinned his ears again and ran within the attempt. Fitzgerald stored his 100% success price off the tee up and Connacht established a 24-14 lead.
The scoring was going tit for tat and Munster had been subsequent to hassle the scoreboard when Healy drove a long-range penalty between the sticks to cut back the deficit to 24-17.
With their tails up, the house aspect cranked up the strain and laid siege to the guests’ 22, however Connacht had been stout and dedicated in defence. Alternative Denis Buckley accomplished the defensive set when he brilliantly turned over the ball with Munster pushing for a attempt with fewer than ten minutes remaining.
The hosts weren’t disheartened, although, and so they registered a rating when alternative Joey Carbery shortened the hole with a penalty to convey the rating to 24-20.
Munster continued to push and probe, however the Connacht defence — with centre Sean O’Brien and lock Ultan Dillane notably spectacular — held agency to seal the win and full the sweep of away victories for the Westerners in interpro’s this season.
15: John Porch
14: Sammy Arnold
13: Sean O’Brien
12: Tom Daly (C)
11: Alex Wootton
10: Conor Fitzgerald
9: Kieran Marmion
8: Abraham Papali’i
7: Conor Oliver
6: Cian Prendergast
5: Ultan Dillane
4: Niall Murray
3: Dominic Robertson McCoy
2: Shane Delahunt
1: Paddy McAllister
Replacements: Denis Buckley for McAllister, Finlay Bealham for Robertson McCoy, Dave Heffernan for Delahunt, Sean Masterson for Oliver. Jack Carty for Fitzgerald. Caolin Blade for Marmion. Peter Sullivan for Arnold. Eoghan Masterson for Papali’i