Connacht make it six home wins on the spin

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Updated: April 2, 2011

A crowd of 1,500 braved the windy conditions as Connacht made is six home wins on the trot with a bonus point win over Edinburgh. Fionn Carr with a double, a penalty try and an effort from Gavin Duffy saw Eric Elwood’s side run home narrow 27-23 winners to move up to 7th in the table.

A lively first half aided by the blustery conditions saw a total of 39 points scored with Connacht edging proceedings slight 22-17. Connacht was the first to draw blood with Carr crossing the line with less than a minute gone. Munster bound Ian Keatley missing the kick.

Greig Laidlaw reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a penalty before the Scottish side stepped up a gear to take the lead through a try from Scott Newlands following good work by Nick de Luca. Laidlaw converted with aplomb despite the strong wind to give acting coach Nick Scrivener side a 10-5 lead.

Keatley reduced the deficit with a penalty before Edinburgh struck again this time James King breaking through the Connacht defence for a fine individual try. Laidlaw again converted and the Gunner’s now led 17-8 with 30 minutes gone.

Connacht managed to head into the break ahead thanks to two late tries, the first a penalty try following De Luca’s decision to tackle Carr without the ball. A decision that saw the centre sin binned. Then a fine break involving Nathan, Keatley and Duffy ended with Carr crossing for his second try. Keatley converted both efforts.

Edinburgh may have felt aggrieved to be heading in at half time 5 points down but they stuck to the task at hand and reduced the difference to two with another Laidlaw penalty on 42 minutes. Any hopes of a comeback however were dashed on 60 minutes when Duffy finished following a Keatley chip through, with Keatley missing the conversion.

Another penalty from Laidlaw on 67 minutes set up a tense finale but Connacht held on for their 7th win of the season.

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