Connacht too good for Edinburgh

Date published: October 31 2015

Connacht continued their bright start to the season, winning their fourth home game with a 14-9 victory over Edinburgh in their PRO12 clash in Galway on Saturday.

Second-placed Connacht raced into an early three-point lead through a penalty, with Jack Carty kicking through inside the opening seven minutes of a relatively uneventful first 40 at the Sportsground. 

And with three points already under their belt, a try followed a couple of minutes after. Tiernan O'Halloran sprinted over after lovely interplay between himself and Matt Healy from the halfway line, and despite the conversion going wide, the visitors could have been excused for thinking a horror show on Halloween could follow. 

But Edinburgh put those early setbacks behind them to put themselves almost level going into the break. 

Sam Hildago-Clyne kicked through three points from a penalty to get his side started, and full-back Blair Kinghorn sent one through from distance to reduce the deficit to just a couple at half-time on a fairly even first 40. 

Four minutes after the restart, Connacht clawed themselves onto double figures again via the boot of Carty, who made no mistake after being presented with a kick in front of the posts. 

Despite dominating possession and seeing much of the ball in the early stages of the second period, Edinburgh still couldn't find their way over the try line. Hidalgo-Clyne was allowed to reduce Connacht's lead again through a penalty. 

But that kick was quickly cancelled out by another from Carty in a game which never really saw either side put decent spells of pressure together. 

The Scottish side continued their onslaught in order to take something from the game, with Connacht defending for their lives to ensure their five point lead was preserved. 

Carty missed a chance to seal the game with a penalty as Frazer McKenzie was shown a late yellow card, but it mattered little as high flying Connacht continued their impressive start to the season.

The scorers:

For Connacht:
Try: O’Halloran
Pen: Carty 3

For Edinburgh:
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne 2, Kinghorn
Yellow card: McKenzie

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Darragh Leader, 13 Bundee Aki, 12 Craig Ronaldson, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Eoghan Masterson, 7 Nepia Fox-Matamua, 6 John Muldoon (c), 5 Andrew Browne, 4 Aly Muldowney, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Finlay Bealham, 18 Nathan White, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Ian Porter, 22 Rory Parata, 23 Niyi Adeolokun.

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Chris Dean, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Will Helu, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Roddy Grant, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 John Andress, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Alex Toolis, 20 Cornell Du Preez, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Dougie Fife, 23 Nick McLennan.

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Stuart Douglas (Ireland)