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Record breaker Fife helps blow away Connacht

Connacht 22 Edinburgh 29

By Steve Simpson

Dougie Fife scored the fastest try in Guinness PRO14 history as Edinburgh extended their winning streak with a 29-22 defeat of Connacht at the Sportsground.

The Scots enjoyed a dream start with Fife scoring after just 10 seconds via a charge-down of a kick, eclipsing the league's previous quickest try by Nathan Brew for the Dragons (18 seconds) against Cardiff in 2005.

Jaco van der Walt, who missed the conversion, landed a seventh minute penalty, but Connacht hit back with two converted tries from Tiernan O'Halloran and Tom Farrell after 11 and 16 minutes.

Edinburgh responded past the midpoint of the first half, with Duhan van der Merwe scoring a try to make it 14-13, although Van der Walt's conversion attempt was off-target. A Jack Carty penalty put four points between the teams just before half-time.

Duncan Weir struck a 61st minute penalty, but Connacht bounced back again with a Finlay Bealham try.

However, Carty's replacement Ronaldson pushed the conversion wide and then blundered when his kick on halfway was blocked by Weir, who dribbled through and scored to the right of the posts, although there were some question marks over the grounding.

The influential stand-off tagged on the extras and added a final penalty to complete his decisive 16-point contribution in just 19 minutes.

• The Toyota Cheetahs moved a step closer to a place in the PRO14 play-offs thanks to a 29-17 victory against the Dragons.

The South African side won at Rodney Parade thanks to tries by wing Sibahle Maxwane (2), fly-half Fred Zeilinga and full-back Clayton Blommetjies.

Victory extended their advantage over fourth-placed Cardiff Blues to 10 points in Conference A and closed the gap to second-placed Munster to two.

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