Connacht deny Edinburgh losing point

Updated: February 24, 2012

Live score commentary from the Rabodirect clash between Connacht and Edinburgh, managed by former coach Michael Bradley, at the Sportsground on Friday evening, kick off 7.30pm

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Connacht 26 – 13 Edinburgh
80 min played
O’Connor (pen) 20 min
Vainikolo (try) 32 min
O’Connor (con) 33 min
O’Connor (pen) 47 min
Visser (try) 48min
O’Connor (pen) 51 min
Paterson (try) 56min
Goodman (pen) 59min
Jarvis (pen) 68min
McCarthy (try) 80min
Jarvis (con) 80min

80min Jarvis gets the conversion and ref blows the whistle. Connacht win it 26 points to 13, a great finish.
80min TRY TRY TRY WHAT A finish as McCarthy goes over in the corner, great work by Muldoon.. they denied Edinburgh a bonus point and will up to ninth in the table.
79min Connacht win a line out, 6 ahead now with 30 seconds to go.
77min Knock on by Duffy from a box kick by Edinburgh. Edinburgh put in to the scrum
76min Line out to Edinburgh buts its their own half, good work by try scorer Vainikolo on Visser
74min Michael Swift collects a line out for Connacht, the scrum, line out and defense has been immense again.
72min Scrum to Connacht deep in their own half 8 minutes to go
72min Another tight one at Ravenhill as Ulster edge the Osprey’s 15-14. Two from two so far, can Connacht make it three.
68min Jarvis gets it, just Connacht 19 – Edinburgh 10
67min Penalty to Connacht as the scrum to collapses, Jarvis to kick
64min Scrum to Connacht in a very very promising position.
64min The Crowd are getting right behind Connacht now as they push for a try.. Loughney just held up on the line.
61min Connacht win the turnover, good work by Eoin Griffin.
61min Munster have beaten Cardiff in a tight game 16-13, meanwhile that man Visser makes a fantastic break from his own half
60min This really has been a game of two halves as Edinburgh have come out a different side this half. Goodman has looked good with ball in hand although he has missed two kickable kicks. He’s got one there now.
57min Poor from Goodman who hits the post. Connacht 16 – Edinburgh 10
56min Edinburgh have their second try of this half as the veteran Chris Paterson goes over, Connacht 16 – Edinburgh 10
55min Debut boy Buckley goes off to a warm round of applause, a solid start to life in Pro rugby
52min The Dutch born Visser looks a serious winger, Scotland will be happy when he can play for them
52min Still a good night for Irish rugby as Munster (just), Connacht, Ulster, Ireland’s U20 and Ladies all lead
50min O’Connor now has another chance to put Connacht back in control. Edinburgh down to 14 men as Brown hits the bin.
49min Goodman misses the penalty. Connacht 13 – Edinburgh 5
48min From nothing Edinburgh gets back in it as Visser gets his 11th try of the season from a block down.
47min O’Connor with a long long kick to put Connacht 13 nil up on Connacht
46min O’Connor misses his first of the day – Connacht 10 – Edinburgh 0
45min Tackle in the air and O’Connor has a chance of a second score.
45min Paterson is forced to clear his lines behind the try line and Connacht have a line out on the 22m line.
43min Early chance for Edinburgh in the second half but their phases come to nothing. A knock on just 5 metres from the Connacht line. Goodman on for Hunter
Half time Nearly time to come back to the action here, I can tell you its now Munster 16 – Cardiff 10, Ulster 15 – Ospreys 7, Ireland U20 12 – 3 Italy U20 and finally the Irish women are beating Italy 21-7
Half time: After a slow start, Connacht have suddenly kicked into life with a lovely try from Vainikolo and they lead Edinburgh 10 nil.
40min Line out to Connacht just in the Edinburgh half.
38min Connacht full of confidence now and trying to get a second try before half time
34min Try scored by Vainikolo, great work by debut boy Buckley in the build up – O’Connor adds the conversion Connacht 10 – Edinburgh 0
32min Great work by O’Connor to turnover and gets a beautiful pass out, TRY!!!!!!!!
32min Another scrum to Edinburgh, still 3-0 to Connacht. Scrum needs to be re-set.
30min Scrum to Edinburgh.
29min Other scores are Ulster 10 – Ospreys 7 & Munster 16-3 up on Cardiff. Ireland’s U20s are 12-3 up on Italy’s U20 side
27min Irish women have gone 7-0 up on their Italian counterparts. Meanwhile Hunter misses with a drop goal attempt
27min Edinburgh have the ball deep in the Connacht half
26min Hunter finds touch with a penalty just outside the Connacht 22, Edinburgh line out
23min A second turnover for Connacht, the choke tackle being used to get effect, Tonetti again.
20min O’Connor gets his first, and the games first, score of the game, Connacht 3 Edinburgh 0
20min O’Connor has a chance to get Connacht off the mark from the 10m line
18min Edinburgh touch / slow play from the Edinburgh and penalty passes to Connacht
18min Break in play for an injury at the moment, a Connacht player is down. Play will resume with an Edinburgh penalty.
16min O’Connor finds touch with a penalty. Edinburgh dominating at the moment, Connacht can’t get out of their own half
14min Chance for Edinburgh as Connacht are penalised. Hunter misses with his first kick, Connacht 0 – 0 Edinburgh
14min Edinburgh’s turn to pile on the pressure as they go through the phases in the Connacht half. Connacht holding firm
9min Connacht have made a solid start but its still scoreless
8min Connacht win a penalty following some good work by player of the month Kyle Tonetti, O’Connor kicks to touch.
7min The Connacht back line doing well there, O’Halloran, who impressed in last week’s draw with Glasgow, once again showing a good willingness to run
3min Scrappy start to the game, scrum to Connacht in their own half
1min Edinburgh’s Hunter gets us underway
0min 9 minutes to kick off, any comments ahead of the game or during please email me on or on at twitter @trevkeane
0min Denis Buckley will make his first start for Connacht in place of Brett Wilkinson while Frank Murphy replaces Paul O’Donohue at scrum half in the only changes from the side which drew with Glasgow last weekend.
0min Bradley meanwhile has made four changes to his side with Chris Paterson, Jim Thompson, hooker Andrew Kelly and Gregor Hunter all coming in.
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Connacht: G Duffy (capt); F Vainikolo, K Tonetti, H Fa’afili, T O’Halloran; N O’Connor, F Murphy; D Buckley, A Flavin, R Loughney; M Swift, M McCarthy; J Muldoon, E Grace, G Naoupu

Replacements: E Reynecke, D Rogers/B Wilkinson, S Maguire, M Kearney, R Ofisa, P O’Donohue, M Jarvis, E Griffin.

Edinburgh: C Paterson; T Brown, J Thompson, M Scott, T Visser; G Hunter, C Leck; K Traynor, A Kelly, J Gilding; G Gilchrist, S Cox; S McInally, R Grant (capt), N Talei.

Replacements: A Walker, M MacDonald, U Gamboa, E Lozada, H Watson, A Black, P Godman, D Fife.

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