Horwitz howitzers make it a double delight
Cheetahs ........ 17 Connacht ........ 21
DAVID Horwitz kicked two key penalties in the secondhalf as Connacht held on for their second South African victory in six days.
Tom Farrell and Gavin Thornbury bagged the first-half tries for Andy Friend’s side, who moved back into the top three of Conference A after holding off a late charge following Shaun Venter’s try seven minutes from time.
Farrell got Connacht off to a flyer with a try after six minutes, a beautiful score in the first phase of play following a lineout, while Jack Carty converted and added a penalty soon after for a 10-0 lead.
Cheetahs proved wasteful in attack and their handling and passing let them down several times, but Connacht were the opposite and Thornbury mauled over their second try after 28 minutes following a booming penalty from Carty to the corner.
Malcolm Jaer ran clear just after the half hour mark for Cheetahs’ first try despite the best efforts of Niyi Adeolokun in defence, and four minutes later Joseph Dweba mauled over for their second try– but they trailed 15-10 at the interval after both conversions missed their target from Louis Fouche.
But Connacht were bright after the break and after replacing Carty, Horwitz slotted two penalties to push them 11 points clear, before Venter gave them a shock with a late effort.
However, Jarrad Butler’s late steal got Connacht over the line.