Heartache for Connacht against Gloucester

Updated: December 17, 2011

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It’s more heartache for Connacht as a Johnny May try four minutes from the end, has condemned Connacht to their tenth successive defeat in a row. However, it was the Irish province who dominated the majority of the game, possession and territory wise and will feel the game was theirs for the taking.

Despite Niall O’Connor kicking four penalties and Tiernan O’Halloran scoring their only try on 11 minutes, a missed-tackle was the difference between the sides as an under-performing Gloucester side escape with all three points here at Kingsholm.

Try: Tim Taylor (20 min), Johnny May (76 min)
conversions: Taylor/Burns
Penalty 2): Burns

Try: Tiernan O’Halloran (11min)
Conversions: Niall O’Connor
Penalty: 4) O’Connor

Gloucester 23 -19 Connacht

80 min played


80 Game over. Heart-ache for Connacht. They lost by four points last week and four points this week. Not what they deserve.
79 Last minute and Conacht putting the ball through the hands. but they knock on…
75 Diaster for Connacht. Try for Johnny May for Gloucester. Missed tackle from Flaivn let him race into the corner. up until that they looked like they were going nowhere. Burns with a huge conversion..wonderful kick. Connacht now need a try.
73 O’Connor makes it. three points ahead. They need to keep their cool here! Muldoon is back on for Kearney in a blood sub.
70 So nearly a try from Tonetti. Great work form O’Halloran set him off but he was tackled on the line. Penalty to Connacht for off-side. O’Conoor to kick at the goal.
68 It’s level. this may give Gloucester the confidence to go on and win it.
67 Johnny O’Connor gives away a penalty. Burns can kick this to level the game.
66 Tigerish defense form Connacht. Duffy clears his lines as Gloucester look out of options at times.
67 Scrum to Gloucester here. The intensity of the game has ceased a bit but Connacht must maintain their concentration of they are to get anything form this game. But John Muldoon has been injured. Replaced by youngster Mike Kearney.
60 O’Connor misses an easy dropped goal. Once more good phases from Connacht with O’ Donohue adding more energy to the Connacht attack
59 Connacht opt for the corner after Tindall was penalized for being off his feet.
58 Murphy and Loughney being replaced by Paul O’Donohue and Rodney Ah You.
56 Frank Murphy off his feet. Easy three points for Gloucester. could have been seven. Burns makes no mistake.
54 Another wayward up and under kick form O’Connor lets Gloucester counter attack. Could be a try on here for the home side.Ah just as I speak they knock it on. But Connacht need to stop kicking away possession with these very dangerous back three for Gloucester. Adrian Flavin replaces Reynecke.
53 Connacht keeping Gloucester on the back foot here. the home side have a line out in their own 22′.
51 Penalty to Connacht! Great defensive work as Johnny O’Connor was illegally hit at a ruck. Eoin McKeown comes on for Dave Gannon.
50 Gloucester putting pressure on here. Line-out outside Connacht 22′
48 Ollie Morgan has just split the Connacht defense. A wasteful kick form Connacht set that attempt. they got lucky and an offside decision gives them a penalty on their own 22′.
45 He makes it! Is there a shock on here!?
44 Another penalty to Connacht. And its in kicking range. O’Connor has opted for the posts just inside away half.
42 Connacht, like the first-half, not afraid to throw the ball around and look a better side than Gloucester.
41 burns make an immdiate impact with a nice dink kick ahead however penalty to Connacht here. Second period has started at a ferocious pace.
40 min Second-half under way with Freddie Burns here. Can Connacht hold on? Tim Taylor is replaced by Burns in the fly-half position.
Half-timeA long-range dropped goal attempt form O’Connor ends the half as the home supporters boo their own team off the pitch. Exactly what Connacht need, the home support get on top of their team. Connacht lead by three at the break.
40min The 40 minutes are up. But Connacht still on the attack.
37min O’ Connor kicks it. Three points ahead. Connacht deserve this lead hopefully they can push on now.
36min Penalty to Connacht from the scrum. Gloucester brought it down five meters from their line.
34min O’Connor sends a smart kick deep in Gloucester 22′. There is a lot of kicking in this game, especially from Connacht. Seems to be their only way to gain territory.
32min Scrum on half-way to Connacht. Only the second knock-on from of the game happened there.
30min It’s all level with ten minutes to go before half-time. Nothing really between these sides.
26min Penalty to Connacht. More phases reult in a well deserved penalty. O’Connor should kick this. all the backs are playing well, no afraid to take the away side on.
27min Connacht go through the phases again but lack that penetration in midfield. An O’Connor kick reults in a drop out for Gloucester.
26min Kyle Tonetti comes on for Mark McCrea for Connacht. Hamstring injury for the Ulster man.
25min Free kick for Connacht. Gloucester drove in before the ref issued the binding order. O’Connor send s a massive kick for the clearance.
23min Great play form Ollie Morgan. His up and under wasn’t dealt with and now Gloucester are deep in Connacht 22′. Ah, knocked forward. Connacht scrum but only five meters from their line.
20min TRY to Gloucester. Tim Taylor saw a gap in the backline and raced through near the posts. Excellent finish. Taylor adds the conversion. Connacht did well defensively but the pressure was just to much.
18min Penalty finally awarded for Gloucester. They got the shove on in the scrum and Connacht couldn’t deal with the power and pressure. They opt for the scrum.
18min We’re still in scrum mode here. Constantly being re-set.
16min NO TRY for Gloucester. Correct decision. Five-meter scrum for away side now. O’Halloran got to the ball first. A let off for Connacht there.
16min Going to the TMO here. Two hands touched the ball on a Gloucester attack. We wait with baited breath.
15min Gloucester on the attack. Connacht should be careful not to give away needless penalties.
13min Duffy to Murphy, after he intercepted a Gloucester attack, almost saw Naoupu get in but he was tackled but luckily off-loaded to O’Halloran. O’Connor adds the extras.
11min TRY for Connacht. Tiernan O’Halloran with the finish.
7min Tim Taylor makes no mistake. First points for the home side.
6min James Daniel-Simpson just ran 35 meters, splitting Griffin and McSharry. He lost possession but Connacht penalized for off-side and now a easy three points for Gloucester.
5min He had accuracy but never the distance. Tindall clears.
5min Penalty for Connacht. Taking a player out in the air. O’Connor for a kick at the posts from inside away half.
3min Connacht with the early possession. Several lateral phases resulted in a Gloucester line-out in their own 22′
0min And we kick-off here with Niall O’connor

About to kick-off here. Can Connacht record a famous win here!

After the strong albeit disappointing finish last weekend Connacht will continue their search for a maiden Heineken cup win when they travel to Gloucester


Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Tim Taylor, 9 Nick Runciman, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Andy Hazell, 6 Brett Deacon, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Peter Buxton, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Dan Murphy.

Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Will James, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Rory Lawson, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonny May,

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Mark McCrea, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Tiernan O’Halloran, 10 Niall O’Connor, 9 Frank Murphy, 8 John Muldoon, 7 Jonny O’Connor, 6 Dave Gannon, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 George Naoupu, 3 Ronan Loughney, 2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Brett Wilkinson.

Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin, 17 Dylan Rogers, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Paul O’Donohoe, 22 Matthew Jarvis, 23 Kyle Tonetti,

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