Despite a promising first half at Murrayfield, Connacht were put to the sword by Edinburgh and fell to a devastating 43 – 10 defeat in round 9 of the RaboDirect PRO12.

Scottish international Greig Laidlaw kicked 23 points as his side recorded a bonus point win with four tries.

A dropgoal from outhalf Dan Parks was well taken on the tenth minute and Connacht went on to score a first half try through fullback Robbie Henshaw after some very impressive offloading from the backs to race in from the half way line.  Parks successful conversion kick was spot on but proved to be the last score of the game for Connacht on a disappointing visit to the Scottish capital. 

Edinburgh, through Laidlaw, took an early lead with a penalty kick on seven minutes when Connacht were penalised for being ahead of the kicker.

Parks responded for Connacht with a successful drop goal kick from 30metres out to level the scores.

Brilliant passing through the hands of the Connacht backs saw Henshaw finish with a try in the corner. And Parks added the extras to bring Connacht 10 – 3 up after 15 minutes.

But Laidlaw knocked over penalties on 20 and 29 points to bring it to a one point game and Edinburgh soon started to dominate in both territory and possession.

When the hosts were penalised for an offside position, Parks had a chance to extend the lead with a penalty kick from the 22m line. But the ball bounced off the right post and back in to Edinburgh hands.

Just before half time, a penalty allows Edinburgh to kick to the corner and position themselves for a decisive score. Winger Dougie Fife burst through for his side’s first try and Laidlaw kicked the conversion to bring them 16 – 10 up at half time.

Half time: Edinburgh 16 – 10 Connacht

A break by Henshaw early in the second half saw him run 40 metres up the left wing where he was tackled 5 metres from the whitewash. With the try line begging, his offload to winger Healy was knocked on and Connacht left the 22 scoreless.

The front row was changed with Jason Harris-Wright, Denis Buckley and Rodney Ah You all coming on.

But things went from bad to worse when Connacht were penalised for hands in the ruck and Laidlaw made it five from five from the kicking tee.

A penalty kick from Parks on 56 minutes hit the upright again before the outhalf was replaced by Craig Ronaldson.

Laidlaw went on to slot a penalty of his own when Connacht were penalised for not rolling away and Edinburgh looked good at 22 – 10 with 20 minutes to play.

As Connacht tried to chase the game in the closing stages, structures collapsed under pressure and the visitors leaked a try to Man of the Match Cornell du Preez on 73 minutes. Laidlaw converted.

The last five minutes, Connacht crumbled as two tries were ran in by centre Nick de Luca and prop Willem Nel – both converted by Laidlaw – to claim the 43 – 10 bonus point win.

Full time score: Edinburgh 43 – 10 Connacht 


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