Hor­witz how­itzers make it a dou­ble de­light

Chee­tahs ........ 17 Con­nacht ........ 21

The Rugby Paper - - Pro14 - By AN­DRE JA­COBS

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.

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