Brave Connacht fail to slay Dragons
Published 07/01/2011 | 00:00
Dragons 17 Connacht 16: Connacht’s losing run is now nine games as Eric Elwood’s men were edged out 17-16 by Newport Gwent Dragons in a hard-fought encounter at Rodney Parade.
A try from Troy Nathan and the pin-point accuracy of Ian Keatley with the boot kept Connacht within a sniff of their second away win of the season but it was not enough and they had to make do with a losing bonus-point.
The men from the west got off the worst possible start and it took the Dragons just three minutes to score with wing Aled Brew touching down beneath the posts. Jason Tovey converted.
Connacht hit back shortly after 20 minutes with a Keatley penalty and things got even better 10 minutes later when Nathan crossed to take the lead, and Keatley added the extras to hand Connacht a 10-7 lead.
But their lead was short-lived with Brew and Tom Riley combining again for the region's second try, this time Riley touching down and Tovey again converted.
But Keatley chipped away and added a penalty to bring the scores to 14-13 at the interval.
He then nudged them back in front with his third penalty on the 51st minute mark, but Tovey hit back with a penalty of his own 13 minutes later so seal it for the home side.