Connacht beat Aironi in Magners League

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Updated: March 12, 2011

Connacht beat Italian side Aironi 11-6 in their Magners League clash at the Sportsgrounds in Galway on Friday evening.

Ian Keatley was responsible for all of the home sides points, scoring the only try of the match and adding two penalties. Aironi made a very slow to the game and were already trailing 11-0 when a Tito Tebaldi penalty gave the visitors their first score of the night.

Tebaldi added a second penalty five minutes before the final whistle but despite a tense final few minutes the home side hung on to claim the victory.

The win sees Connacht move up to 7th which is the highest position the team have had for many months, After six win from their last seven matches. They will still be hoping for Heineken Cup rugby next season.

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Brian Tuohy, 13 Niva Ta’auso, 12 Troy Nathan, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Frank Murphy, 8 Ray Ofisa, 7 Johnny O’Connor (c), 6 Andrew Browne, 5 Michael McCarthy, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 Adrian Flavin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.
Replacements: 16 Dermot Murphy, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Bernie Upton, 20 John Muldoon, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Keith Matthews.

Aironi: 15 James Marshall, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Gilberto Pavan, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Riccardo Bocchino, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Gareth Krause, 6 Josh Sole, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 4 Joshua Furno, 3 Ulyses Gamboa, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Luigi Ferraro, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 George Biagi, 20 Nicola Cattina, 21 Giulio Toniolatti, 22 Gabriel Pizarro, 23 Giulio Rubini

Referee: James Jones (Wales)

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Munster 17 14 0 3 399 257 7 63
2 Ospreys 17 11 0 6 456 310 10 54
3 Leinster 17 11 1 5 354 259 5 51
4 Cardiff Blues 16 11 0 5 350 268 5 49
5 Ulster 16 10 1 5 340 295 5 47
6 Scarlets 17 9 1 7 382 352 8 46
7 Connacht 17 6 1 10 320 336 8 34
8 Newport-Gwent Dragons 15 7 1 7 284 311 3 33
9 Benetton Treviso 16 7 0 9 272 371 1 29
10 Edinburgh 17 6 0 11 310 356 5 29
11 Glasgow 16 4 1 11 292 394 5 23
12 Aironi Rugby 17 0 0 17 173 423 6 6

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