Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - BY AN­DRE JA­COBS

Chee­tahs 17 Connacht 21

DAVID HORWITZ kicked two key penal­ties as Connacht held on for their sec­ond South African vic­tory in the space of six days

Tom Far­rell and Gavin Thorn­bury bagged the firsthalf tries for Andy Friend’s side, who moved back into the top three of Con­fer­ence A af­ter the win in Bloem­fontein.

In the bak­ing South African heat, Connacht held off the home side who came with a late charge fol­low­ing Shaun Ven­ter’s try seven min­utes from time.

Far­rell (in­set) got Connacht off to a flyer with a try af­ter six min­utes, while Jack Carty con­verted and added a penalty soon af­ter. Chee­tahs proved waste­ful in at­tack, but Connacht were the op­po­site and Thorn­bury mauled over their sec­ond try af­ter 28 min­utes. Mal­colm Jaer ran clear just af­ter the half hour mark for Chee­tahs’ first try and four min­utes later Joseph Dweba mauled over for their sec­ond try, but they trailed 15-10 at the in­ter­val.

Connacht were bright af­ter the break and af­ter replacing Carty, Horwitz (right) slot­ted penal­ties in the 57th and 65th min­utes.

Ven­ter then gave the tourists a shock with his late ef­fort, but Jar­rad But­ler’s late steal got Connacht over the line.

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