Cardiff Rugby 33 - 21 Connacht
HT 14-13
Fri 24 September 19:35 Cardiff Arms Park Ref: Andrea Piardi United Rugby Championship

A rapturous standing ovation for Willis Halaholo, who departs to make way for Max Llewellyn. #URC 33-16


Rey Lee-Lo the latest to dash downfield, as CAP go into a rendition of Hymns and Arias. Lloyd Williams is in support, but the outside half's final pass is tapped backwards by a Connacht hand. Was a poetic moment for just a second. #URC 33-16



Hallam Amos with a peach of a 50:22, bringing play deep into the Connacht half. The resulting drive is rumbling and Liam Belcher has the space to peel off and slide in unopposed. Williams' conversion is this time wide, but we'll let him off the hook! #URC 33-16



Owen Lane was denied once, and wasn't about to be denied again. Tomos Williams again the creator from a set piece, sending the wing in down the blind. Tomos Williams comfortably slots another stunner from out wide. #URC 28-16


Yellow Card

Step and turn of pace from Lane sees him tearing clear on the outside. He chips ahead but is taken off the ball by Mack Hansen , who is duly shown the yellow card. Now it's our turn to go for the corner. #URC 21-16


Yellow Card

And now it's Connacht who are reduced to 10 as Jack Carty is sent to the bin for flying off his feet and denying Ellis Jenkins the jackal. #URC 21-16


Connacht fumble at the line-out and Ellis Jenkins is on red alert to gather the scraps. A big carry from the flanker brings us right back up to the 22m line for Williams to clear. #URC 21-16


Yellow Card

Seb Davies is sent to the sin bin after penalising from Connacht's 5m line-out. #URC 21-16


Lloyd Williams makes a half break down the blind and releases Harries. He gallops down field, kicks ahead and wins the footrace, but the bounce is unfavourable and the wing just can't gather to finish. Desperately unlucky. #URC 21-16


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

A Jack Carty penalty closes the gap to five... #URC 21-16



That try came from some excellent tempo in attack and flawless quick hands from the backs (and Ellis Jenkins) puts Lane in space and there is no stopping him from there. Stunning touchline conversion from Tomos Williams #URC 21-13


Huge piece of defensive play from the hosts, and the CAP crowd is in full swing to back the Blue and Blacks. #URC 14-13


Unbelievable piece of play from Halaholo to track back, make the challenge and jackal on the edge of his 22. Denies a certain try for the visitors. #URC 14-13


Kick Off

Tomos Williams kicks us off for the second half at CAP #URC 14-13



Tomos Williams the instigator as Halaholo slices through from first phase. The replacement nine slots the conversion to send the hosts into the break with a lead. #URC 14-13


Cardiff might be famed for introducing the three quarter system, but they might now become known for deploying the two-9 attack, as Tomos and Lloyd link up to take us upfield. #URC 7-13


Matthew Burke slices through and despite Halaholo winning the penalty inside the 22, we come back after the hosts are penalised for offside. Carty extends Connacht's lead. #URC 7-13


A Josh Turnbull miss-pass and quick hands from Amos almost puts Harries in, but he's just squeezed into touch. #URC 7-10


What a breathless phase of play. Connacht overthrow at the line-out and Kirby powers downfield. He's duly followed by Turnbull, who cracks open the Connacht defence before finding Tomos in support. Seb Davies is next, taken just short. #URC 7-10


After Turnbull charges back from the visitors' goal-line drop out, Connacht are straight off their feet in the ruck and are duly penalised. We attack again from the corner. #URC 7-10


Tomos Williams kicks to the corner as Connacht are penalised at breakdown, and now it's the pack's turn to drive. They're halted and Lee-Lo is almost put through but is denied by a last ditch tackle. #URC 7-10


Lloyd Williams will slot in at 10. Connacht have the line out but pressure from Lane and Lee-Lo force a fumble and there's a huge roar as Piardi rewards Ellis Jenkins' jackal with a penalty. We move upfield. #URC 7-10


Evans looks in agony after being clattered in the air by a mistimed challenge to a high ball. The outside half now follows Priestland in being forced off and it's Tomos Williams who will be introduced. #URC 7-10


Disappointment for Priestland, who won't be returning to the field after his HIA. #URC 7-10


Try (Opp.)

Connacht strikes back and it's Conor Oliver coasts through a hole in defence before sending Kieran Marmion clear. Straightforward extras for Carty. #URC 7-10



From the resulting scrum, Halaholo steps past the first defender and is brought down just short. But the Connacht defence are already sucked in, and despite straying offside, the long pass from Lloyd Williams gives Amos the opening. Evans slots the extras. #URC 7-3


Lane bursts onto a Hallam Amos pass and flies through to make the initial break. He kicks ahead and John Porch can consider himself very fortunate only to concede the knock on behind his own try line. Looks like the Lane Train is in the mood this evening! #URC 0-3


Big carry from Screech in midfield and some nice hands from Halaholo and Evans almost puts Harries in space on the blind, but the wing is bundled into touch. #URC 0-3


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Early points on the board for the visitors as Jack Carty opens the scoring with a penalty. #URC 0-3



We've only just kicked off here at CAP and it's disappointment as Rhys Priestland heads off for a HIA after taking a stray knee to the head. Jarrod Evans comes on.