Connacht 23 Toyota Cheetahs 15

Connacht secured their fourth win in a row with victory over the Cheetahs in front of a crowd 6,012 in the Sportsground. A big attacking performance was expected from the Cheetahs but a strong defence from Connacht meant that the South African’s left Galway having scored two tries but with no losing bonus point.

The highlight of the game was a blistering run for Niyi Adeolokun which ended in a fantastic try from the winger in his first start of the season. Two penalties and a conversion from Craig Ronaldson and a single penalty from Cheetahs left Connacht with a 13 points to 3 lead at the break.

Connacht were forced to make two changes at the break with Ronaldson and flanker Eoin McKeon going off injured. The injury list grew further in the second half as James Cannon went off with a leg injury and the enforced changes seemed to halt the Connacht momentum.

On 49 minutes Tom McCartney drove over for a try and when Carty kicked the conversion Connacht were in a strong position. From there on the Cheetahs came back into the game and scored two tries which left Connacht with a 23 – 15 lead with 13 minutes to go.

That was the way it was to finish and Connacht now go into the November break with four wins in a row in all competitions.

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, Darragh Leader, Tom Farrell, Craig Ronaldson (Matt Healy 40), Niyi Adeolokun, Jack Carty (Steve Crosbie 53), Caolin Blade (Conor McKeon 69); Denis Buckley (Denis Coulson 58), Tom McCartney (Dave Heffernan 53), Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux (Gavin Thornbury 61), James Cannon (Conor Carey 65); Eoghan Masterson, Eoin McKeon (Naulia Dawai 37), John Muldoon
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End
80
76
Fred Zeilinga
Conversion
75
Makazole Mapimpi
Try
74
Dennis Visser
Carl Wegner
Steve Crosbie
Penalty
73
Conor McKeon
Caolin Blade
67
67
Shaun Venter
Try
Conor Carey
James Cannon
65
65
Tom Botha
Johannes Coetzee
60
Rynier Bernardo
Jasper Wiese
60
Ali Mgijima
Tertius Kruger
60
Charles Marais
Ox Nche
Gavin Thornbury
Quinn Roux
60
Denis Coulson
Denis Buckley
57
55
Shaun Venter
Ernst Stapelberg
Steve Crosbie
Jack Carty
52
Dave Heffernan
Tom McCartney
52
Jack Carty
Conversion
49
Tom McCartney
Try
48
Matt Healy
Craig Ronaldson
40
Second Half Start
40
First Half End
40
40
Ernst Stapelberg
Penalty
37
Paul Schoeman
Rynier Bernardo
Naulia Dawai
Eoin McKeon
36
Craig Ronaldson
Penalty
29
27
Rynier Bernardo
Paul Schoeman
Craig Ronaldson
Conversion
13
Niyi Adeolokun
Try
12
Craig Ronaldson
Penalty
5
First Half Start
0
Connacht Cheetahs
2
2
Tries
366
420
Metres
32
31
Carries
14
21
Defenders Beaten
1
9
Clean Breaks
181
161
Passes
6
9
Offloads
11
17
Turnovers Conceeded