Connacht 29 - 0 Cardiff Blues
HT 15-0
Sat 15 February 19:35 The Sportsground Ref: Stuart Berry Guinness PRO14

Full Time

FULL TIME | Y CHWIBAN OLAF - Connacht Rugby 29 Cardiff Blues 0


Josh Turnbull and Nick Williams combine to win a turnover penalty. 29-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Harries manages to narrow his opposite number's space and pile him into touch. 29-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Boyde with a great break downfield. He finds Lewis Jones in supports, who ships wide to Edwards. The wing, on for his second debut for the region, is stopped in the corner but Berry pins the hosts and we'll scrum. 29-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Conversion (Opp.)

Carty adds the extras. 29-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Try (Opp.)

Connacht strike on the break for a bonus point. A promising attacking opportunity, but the ball slips out of the breakdown and Godwin has the pace to run in from his own 22. 27-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Fish looking to unlock the Connacht defence by sending a kick behind for Harries to chase, but the touchline wins the race to the loose ball. 22-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Amos does well to retain possession and draws Robb to concede the line-out. First throw for the new-look Dacey. 22-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Conversion (Opp.)

Carty makes no mistakes with the extras. 22-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Try (Opp.)

Porch is over under the sticks, after the ball is shipped wide following a half break and impressive offload from Buckley. 20-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Superb clearance from Fish, who was under extreme pressure from Connacht's kick chasers. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14



Dacey and Big Nick are on, replacing Belcher and Boyde. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Amos runs out of room down the left and kicks low into the 22, but Porch manages to just clear the danger. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Fainga'a is penalised for clearing Robinson off beyond the ball. We're on the edge of Connacht's 22. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Early penalty on the edge of the 22, and it's Liam Belcher this time. Dan Fish with a booming kick sends us into the Connacht half. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Kick Off

Jack Carty gets us back underway here in Galway. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Half Time

HALF TIME | HANNER AMSER - Connacht 15 Cardiff Blues 0 #GuinnessPRO14


Really unlucky from Olly, who manages yet another turnover but Turnbull knocks the resulting offload forward. Big scrum to end the half. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Big left peg from Fish to find touch outside the 22. Not easy in this swirling wind. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


O'Halloran almost under the sticks following a fine offload from Carty, but Marmion knocks on at the resulting breakdown. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Harries does very well to recover a kick behind with two Connacht chasers breathing down his neck, but the wing is eventually forced into touch and the hosts hunt a third try. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Try (Opp.)

Olly Robinson once again hassling at the breakdown, and is there for a good few seconds but Connacht retain possession, with Peter Robb going over in the corner. Conversion is wide. 15-0 #GuinnessPRO14



Lee-Lo is replaced by Ben Thomas as the Samoan heads in for a HIA. 10-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Tovey with a vital tackle to prevent Adeolokun, before there's another huge penalty won in the 22, this time by Boyde. 10-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Lloyd Williams' box kick gets caught in the Galway wind and drifts out on the full. 10-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Conversion (Opp.)

Carty's conversion takes the hosts' points tally to double figures. 10-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Try (Opp.)

Dave Heffernan makes the most of an error to cross the whitewash and extend the hosts' lead. 8-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Carty finds the same corner in the 22 and pin the visitors back. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Good combination from Turnbull and Gill in midfield. Connacht can't find the momentum, and this time Marmion sends it high, with Turnbull recovering the possession. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Carty sends it out on the full, as once again they target the left hand corner in the Cardiff Blues 22. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Connacht certainly playing for territory here, and a solid kick from O'Halloran finds touch in the 22. However, Belcher finds Turnbull and there's a great clearance from the boot of Lloyd Williams. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


However, yet another attack from the hosts ends with a crucial turnover. That's Olly Robinson's second of the evening as he plants himself firmly over the ball. A familiar sight from Olly! 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Connacht making the most of a handling error to spread wide and advance into the Cardiff Blues 22 here. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Another dominant set piece sees Berry ping the hosts at the scrum. Tovey brings us inside the Connacht half. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Huge penalty won at the scrum to relieve some pressure. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Some big defensive sets here, and once again it's James Ratti with the crucial intervention. This time he rips through the maul to hold the ball up and force a turnover just meters from the try line. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Lloyd Williams kills the threat from Adeolokun out wide, but there was another advantage played. Williams, as skipper, is given a warning for the repeated infringements. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Thumping challenge by Garyn Smith on O'Halloran, stopping the full back when he was at full steam on the counter. However, Berry awards another penalty for the hosts, and they go for the corner. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Connacht back on the attack here as they steal possession at a line-out in the Cardiff Blues 22. However, Olly Robinson pops up with a great turnover, and Boyde charges out of the 22. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Lee-Lo rips in contact but is penalised. Carty opens the scoreboard with a penalty that is as straight-forward as they come in Galway. 3-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Connacht applying early pressure here, and it looks like O'Halloran has released Marmion, but Ratti makes a crucial try-saving tackle. Couple of phases later, Cardiff Blues force the turnover and clear. 0-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Good early take in the air from Dan Fish, but Dmitri Arhip can't quite grasp Lloyd Williams' pass in midfield. We'll pack down for the first time this evening. 0-0 #GuinnessPRO14


Kick Off

We've kicked off here at The Sportsground! Jason Tovey gets us underway!