Connacht made it two wins from three tonight with a 14 – 11 victory over Dragons in round 10 of the RaboDirect PRO12.

After a dramatic fortnight in the Heineken Cup, focus returned to the league where Pat Lam’s men made it clear they were determined to get off the bottom of the table. Tonight’s win over the men from Gwent ensured they moved up one spot above Zebre.

Two minutes from time, a perfectly kicked drop goal from Connacht out half Dan Parks put Connacht in to a lead they held on to until the final whistle.

Despite a strong wind favouring the visitors in the first half, their out half Jason Tovey missed a penalty on six minutes from 22 metres out. But a fantastic break through the Connacht defensive line allowed the Dragons full back Daniel Evans to touch down for an early try. Tovey’s conversion kick was wide.

But the Welsh-born outhalf was successful from the kicking tee on 15 minutes when he slotted home a penalty to make it 8 – 0 to the visitors.

Connacht were dominant in the scrum throughout the game and on the half hour mark their positive scrum work earned them a penalty which Parks kicked successfully into a stiff breeze to put Connacht on the scoreboard.

Half time score: Connacht 3 – 8 Dragons

Parks scored a penalty on 44 minutes to reduce his side’s deficit to just two points. Five minutes later Connacht were penalised for not rolling away and Tovey brought Dragons to an 11 – 6 lead.

Referee Alain Rolland sent Dragons’ prop Owne Evans to the bin for an off the ball tackle on Jason Harris-Wright. However, Parks’ resulting penalty was wide.

The rain started to hammer down with 15 minutes remaining and a try between the two sides.

Connacht were right up at the Dragons try line after a pick and drive but the solid defence made it difficult to get over. Replacement winger Carr, unmarked on the right wing, called for a cross-field kick from Parks who delivered for the 27-year-old to touch down and level the scores 11 – 11.

The conversion was just a metre in from the right-hand touchline and Parks wasn’t able to put his side ahead as his kick went just wide of the posts, with five minutes remaining.

With two minutes left on the clock, Connacht continued to hammer the Dragons 22 and the forwards set up Parks in perfect position for a match-winning drop goal which he took.

Full time score: Connacht 14 – 11 Dragons


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