Connacht made it five wins in a row with a 30 – 22 win over Ospreys at the Sportsground tonight to stay top of the PRO12 table.

It was a game played at break neck speed that never let up with three tries a piece but 15 points from the boot of Craig Ronaldson, on his 50th appearance, ensured the home side saw out the win.

Connacht flew out the blocks and, after they spread the ball through the backs, Man of the Match Bundee Aki went over inside the first minute and Ronaldson converted.

But Sam Davies didn’t have to wait long to hit back for Ospreys, who were awarded a penalty at the breakdown, and he duly made it 7-3 from the tee.

Ben Marshall stole an Ospreys lineout before Niyi Adeolokun made a sharp break and fed MacGinty to score on 10 minutes, Ronaldson slotting the extras from by the touchline.

The game’s flying start was not over, however, and before the quarter-hour mark Ospreys had their first try, wing Ben John crossing over after a quick-tap penalty.

The conversion bounced back off the post but just ten minutes later they were ahead, Number 8 Dan Baker dotting down after waves of Ospreys attacks and Davies’ extras making it 14-15.

Ronaldson restored the lead with a penalty shortly before the half-hour mark and that’s the way it stayed until the break, despite Pat Lam’s men pressing for a third try in the half’s closing stages.

Half time: Connacht 17 – 15 Ospreys

Connacht kicked a string of early second-half penalties to the corner but the ball was spilled forward and the Welshmen cleared their lines.

It was another stolen Ospreys lineout by replacement lock Danny Qualter that set up Connacht’s third try, Ronaldson feeding the team and league’s top try scorer Matt Healy who spun away from his tackler and scored under the posts.

Ronaldson converted but just three minutes later scrum half Rhys Webb flew between the Connacht posts to reduce the deficit, Davies’ conversion making it 24-22.

A Ronaldson penalty eased the gap to five points and Davies thought he had wiped it out altogether on 65 minutes only for the TMO to rule double movement.

Ronaldson made it eight from the tee, after a superb Aki break had taken Connacht out of their own 22 and into Ospreys territory.

Ospreys pushed a probed for a fourth try and, at the very least, two bonus points but Connacht held firm to send the Ospreys home empty-handed.

Full time: Connacht 30 – 22 Ospreys

Referee: George Clancy

Attendance: 5279

Man of the Match: Bundee Aki


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