Connacht bounced back from their defeat to Edinburgh, not to mention going 13-3 inside the opening 40 minutes against the Dragon’s, to record their third win of the season and get back to winnings ways at a wet and windy Showgrounds on Friday evening.
Darren Edwards Dragon’s side had looked set to break their Irish hoodoo when Nathan Williams’ first try for the Welsh region sent them in 10 points up at the break however second half tries from Eoin Griffin and Gavin Duffy sealed a spirited comeback that took the Westerners up to second in the table
Despite Connacht coach Eric Elwood’s call for a more disciplined performance by his troops following last weekend loss at Murrayfield, the first half was littered with soft penalties and the former Irish international will have been delighted that Jason Tovey failed to bring his kicking game with him as the Dragon’s star missed with two of his four attempts.
Niall O’Connor’s, who also failed with a penalty attempt, kicked Connacht’s only response of the half and it wasn’t until Griffin touched down just approaching the hour mark that they got off the mark again, however that score proved to a decisive moment, with the conversion by Matthew Jarvis bringing them right back into the game.
Connacht knew that a win was now within their grasp and buoyed by the 3,706-strong crowd they went for the winner, Irish international Duffy created the initial space before collecting the return pass to go over in the corner.
Jarvis added the extra’s to give Connacht a narrow 4 point win that pushes them to within four points of unbeaten Munster.