Con­nacht com­plete dou­ble in South Africa

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GAELIC GAMES / RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

CON­NACHT picked up their fourth win from five games against South African op­po­si­tion when beat­ing the Chee­tahs 21-17 in Bloem­fontein.

Two penal­ties in the sec­ond-half from David Hor­witz saw Con­nacht over the line and Sean Ven­ter’s late try proved in­suf­fi­cient for the home side.

Con­nacht hit the front early when Far­rell went over from a li­ne­out move. Carty con­verted for a 7-0 lead, be­fore ex­tend­ing it with a 21st-minute penalty.

Chee­tahs had chances, but Con­nacht were tak­ing theirs and after 28 min­utes they struck for a sec­ond try as a driv­ing maul pro­duced a try for Gavin Thorn­bury — his first try for the prov­ince. Con­di­tions were op­pres­sive and helped the Chee­tahs as their high-tempo game paid off with Mal­colm Jaer’s try, but Louis Fouche shanked the con­ver­sion. He hit a penalty soon af­ter­wards to make the score at the break 5-10 to Con­nacht.

Min­utes after the restart a last-gasp an­kle tap de­nied Kyle God­win a try, and Chee­tahs con­tin­ued to grow, but it was Andy Friend’s side that added to their tally when Hor­witz — on for Carty — put Con­nacht eight points clear from in front of the posts.

More fresh legs helped earn a penalty for the west­ern­ers — Colby Fainga’a’s carry did the dam­age — after 65 min­utes, which Hor­witz eas­ily kicked to put Con­nacht 11 points clear.

It proved a good de­ci­sion con­sid­er­ing Chee­tahs’ third try put just four points be­tween the sides, with min­utes to go, but Con­nacht held on.

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