Connacht v Leinster live commentary

Updated: January 1, 2012

Connacht 13 – 15 Leinster

Mins played : 80 min

Live commentary

80 min FULL TIME Leinster narrowly hold on to beat Connacht 15-13 at the Sportsground.
80 min No drop goal.
80 min Connacht could have stole this one. Ref goes upstairs to TMO over drop goal
80 min Scrum Connacht on half way. Surely their last chance
78 min Unreal hits by Connacht on Leinster. The away side still have possession though
76 min Turnover by Connacht right on their own line. Unreal stuff
75 min Leinster held up on the line. Scrum five Leinster
74 min Leinster right on Connacht’s line
72 min TRY CONNACHT Connacht get their second try of the game through Reynecke but miss the extras. Two point game
71 min Leo Cullen has been binned for taking out the lifter at line out time. Leinster down to 14 again
69 min Connacht on top in the scrum. They decide to kick for the corner
67 min Solid yards made by Connacht. Scrum three meters from Leinster’s line
65 min Poor hands from O’Halloran again cost Connacht.
64 min Connacht come biting back. Up to Leinster’s 22
62 min Easy kick for Nacewa. Leinster lead by seven. 15-8 Leinster
61 min Rhys Ruddock almost over for Leinster. Connacht give away a cheap pen. Nacewa has the chance to give Leinster a buffer
59 min TRY CONNACHT Connacht right back into the game with the first try of the game Tiernan O’Halloran crossed over . 4 point game. 12-8 Leinster
57 min Bit of handbags between the two sides. All over in a few seconds
55 min Boss hand been binned for Leinster for cynical play at ruck time
53 min Scrum to Connacht after some excellent defence from the home side
51 min Gavin Duffy with a bulldozing up the side for Connacht but solid defence from Leinster stops him and Connacht
50 min Pen to Connacht on half way. Leinster pinged for not rolling away
49 min No mistake from Nacewa. Leinster 12-3 Connacht
48 min Pen to Leinster after that shove. Nacewa with the kick at goal
47 min Big push by Leinster. Right on Connacht’s 22
46 min O’Donohoe is off and Murphy is on for Connacht
45 min Again poo hands from Connacht when they have possession
43 min Another messy scrum from both sides. Connacht with the ball on half way
42 minGood start from Leinster in the second half. Madigan with a nice kick to put Leinster on the front foot
41 min The second half is about to get underway
40 min HALF TIME Half time in a poor game at the Sportsground. Leinster lead 9-3 at the break
40 min Scrum comes to nothing and ref blows for half time
39 min Game ticking along to half time. Scrum Connacht on halfway
37 min Brilliant defence from the home side stops Leinster getting over the white wash
36 min Great break from Andrew Conway. Leinster up to Connacht’s line
35 min Jarvis kicks out on the full. Line out to Leinster in Connacht’s half
33 min What a kick. Nacewa 3/3 Leinster lead by six. 9-3 Leinster
32 min Nacewa with a chance to extend Leinster’s lead
31 min Ill discipline at ruck time from Connacht gives Leinster the ball back. Poor from the home side
30 min Connacht living on the edge wit some of these passes. Still retain ball in Leinster’s half
28 min 27 min Scrum to Connacht on halfway. Game has yet to burst into life
26 min Super kick from Duffy brings play into Leinster’s half
25 min Leinster give away a needless penalty. Scrum Connacht
24 min Sniping run from Boss keeps the pressure on Connacht
23 min Lovely kick from Madigan puts Leinster on the front foot in Connacht’s 22
22 min Better scrum from Connacht. Up to Leinster’s 22
20 min Lovely kick from Nacewa gives Leinster the lead. 6-3 Leinster
19 min Pen to Leinster off a Connacht scrum. Poor engagement from the home side
17 min Lineout to Leinster that ends in messy ball been spilled
16 min Never in doubt. Game level at 3-3
16 min Nacewa with the kick
15 min Pen to Leinster. Connacht pinged for not rolling away
14 min Nice hands from Leinster as they look to settle into the game
12 min Jarvis finally finds his range. Connacht lead 3-0
11 min Another chance for Connacht to take the lead
10 min Nice line out by Connacht on Leinster’s 22
9 min Another chance passes Connacht by. Pen to the right and wide
8 min Nice shove on by Connacht. They earn a pen for their efforts just inside the Leinster half
6 min Lovely turnover by Connacht but a sloppy pass gives Leinster a line out near their line
4 min Pen drifts left and wide. Game remains 0-0
4 min Shane Jennings gives a penalty away. Connacht have a shot to take the lead
3 min Lovely break from Connacht brings play up to Leinster’s line. Well defended by the Heineken Cup champions
2 min Leinster controlling the ball on halfway
1 min Connacht get the game underway

CONNACHT: G Duffy (capt); B Tuohy, E Griffin, K Tonetti, T O’Halloran; N O’Connor, P O’Donohoe; B Wilkinson, A Flavin, R Loughney; G Naoupu, M McCarthy; M Kearney, J O’Connor, J Muldoon. Replacements: E Reynecke, D Buckley, D Rogers, E McKeon, TJ Anderson, F Murphy, M Jarvis, H Fa’afili.

LEINSTER: I Nacewa; D Kearney, E O’Malley, B Macken, A Conway; I Madigan, I Boss; J McGrath, R Strauss, J Hagan; L Cullen (capt), D Browne; R Ruddock, K McLaughlin/S Jennings, L Auva’a. Replacements: S Cronin, H van der Merwe, N White, D Toner, S Jennings/J Murphy, J Cooney, N Reid/F Carr, L Fitzgerald.

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