Connacht made it three straight wins in the RaboDirect PRO12 with a 38 – 6 bonus point victory over Benetton Treviso at the Sportsground today.

Fionn Carr, John Muldoon and Kieran Marmion were all responsible for first-half tries with Muldoon and Eoin McKeon adding two more five-pointers after the break. Man of the Match Dan Parks kicked four conversions and a penalty with replacement outhalf Miah Nikora adding the final conversion kick. 

It was the perfect start for Pat Lam’s men who, like last week against Zebre, opened with a try on five minutes. Winger Carr went over in the left corner, following great work from centre Eoin Griffin in the build up. Dan Parks touchline conversion made it 7 – 0.

Just four minutes later, Treviso outhalf Mat Berquist put his side on the score board with a penalty kick.

Connacht were quick to regroup and Tiernan O’Halloran put in a great tackle to drag his opposite number into touch. The resulting lineout on the visitors’ 22 allowed Connacht to produce a powerful rolling maul and it was skipper Muldoon who touched down for the try. Parks was once again on target from the kicking tee to extend his side’s lead to 14 – 3.

On 20 minutes, Connacht were penalised in their own half for not releasing and Berquist reduced the deficit to eight points with a successful kick at goal.

But Connacht won a penalty of their own minutes later when the referee signalled for a tip tackle and Parks kept his clean record from the tee, this time adding three points.

The third try for the home side came on the half hour mark when good work from the forwards. Marmion, on his 50th successive cap for the province, produced an impressive dummy before running in to score just to the left of the posts. Parks added the extras to make it 24 – 6, which was the way it stayed until the break.

Half time score: Connacht 24 – 6 Treviso

Treviso came out stronger in the second half but despite camping in the Connacht 22 early on, they failed to turn their territory into points.

The weather worsened with the wind and rain making it difficult for both sides and there was no score for 20 minutes. But Muldoon celebrated his second try of the night on the hour mark, thanks to more inspiring work from the forwards. Holding onto the ball at the back of the maul, he touched down to secure the bonus-point score for his side. Parks once again added the two-point conversion.

Indiscipline from the Treviso pack at scrum time cost them two players with replacement prop Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet and Number 8 Marco Filippucci both being sent to the bin in the space of two minutes.

Connacht made their two-man advantage count with Number 8 Eoin McKeon taking the ball at the back of the scrum to charge over for the fifth try of the afternoon. Replacement outhalf Miah Nikora converted to finish the game 38 – 6.

Full time score: Connacht 38 – 6 Treviso

Attendance: 3, 850

Man of the Match: Dan Parks

CONNACHT: Robbie Henshaw,  Tiernan O’Halloran,  Eoin Griffin,  Dave McSharry,  Fionn Carr (Danie Poolman 63), Dan Parks (Miah Nikora 67), Kieran Marmion (Frank Murphy 70); Denis Buckley (Finlay Bealham 67), Jason Harris-Wright (Dave Heffernan, 67), Rodney Ah You (Nathan White, 57), Aly Muldowney, Mick Kearney (Michael Swift, 63), John Muldoon, Eoghan Masterson (Andrew Browne 51), Eoin McKeon.

BENETTON TREVISO: Angelo Esposito,  Ludovico Nitoglia,  Alberto Sgarbi,  Joe van Niekerk,  Andrea Pratichetti,  Mat Berquist (Fabio Semenzato 66),  Tobias Botes; Matteo Muccignat (Romulo Acosta 57),  Giovanni Maistri (Franco Sbaraglini 57),  Lorenzo Cittadini (Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet 62),  Antonio Pavanello,  Cornelius van Zyl (Marco Fuser 61),  Manoa Vosawai (Robert Barbieri 49),  Paul Derbyshire (Valerio Bernabo 50),  Marco Filippucci.


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