Connacht secured a tight victory in Italy over Treviso, Rodney Ah You set up the victory with a Try after 39minutes. Full report to follow
Treviso 9 – 11 Connacht, 2pm, Stadio di Monigo.
75min (T) Willem de Waal Penalty
63min (T) Willem de Waal Penalty
57min (C) Matt Jarvis Missed Penalty
54min (C) Matt Jarvis Penalty
40min (C) Matt Jarvis Missed Conversion
39min (C) R Ah You Try
33min (C) Matt Jarvis Missed Penalty
29min (C) Matt Jarvis Penalty
15min (T) Willem de Waal Missed Penalty
7min (T) Willem de Waal Penalty
80min Brilliant defending, Treviso player pushed over the line. This should be it from Connacht throw.
79min Disaster, Connacht give away a penalty. Treviso throw on the Connacht 22.
78min Treviso offside, Connacht penalty. That might be enough to secure victory.
77min Treviso penalty from the scrum, Treviso have a throw on Connacht 10m line.
76min Great restart, Connacht attacking on the Treviso 22. Connacht knock on.
75min Treviso penalty, Willem de Waal kicks it over. 9-11 Connacht.
73min Second knock on from Dillion on half way.
72min Treviso push early, free kick to Connacht.
70min Connacht show great resilience, they get a scrum.
69min Treviso have a penalty and kick it to inside the Connacht 22.
67min Mark McCrea breaks to within two metres of the line, he has no support and gets penalised for holding on.
66min Connacht knock on, Treviso scrum on half way.
64min Penalty is easily converted, 6-11 Connacht. Willem de Waal.
63min Treviso on the Connacht line and have a penalty advantage.
61min Water break which will suit Connacht. Buckley and Johnny O’Connor come on.
60min Lets hope the heat does not affect the Connacht side in the last twenty minutes.
57min Another penalty for Connacht. This time he misses.
54min Matt Jarvis has a penalty on the Treviso 10m line. He kicks it.
53min Connacht have a throw on there own 10m line.
52min Great kick from O’Halleron, Treviso lineout on there own 22.
51min Treviso bring on two players.
49min Treviso looked to be going over, but a poor forward pass. Connacht scrum. Dillion Rogers comes on for Connacht
48min Rodney Ah You gives away a penalty, Treviso throw 5metres from the Connacht line.
46min Treviso scrum on half way.
44min Shocking pass by Connachts Michael Swift, Treviso now attacking inside the Connacht half but they knock on.
43min Connacht 7metres from the line.
42min Connacht attacking just outside the Treviso 22.
40min Matt Jarvis misses conversion, Jarvis is playing well but his place kicking is just not good enough.
39min Rodney Ah You get over in the corner, first try of the match to Connacht.
38min Great run by Swift, Connacht inside the 22.
37min Connacht throw just outside the Treviso 22.
36min Scrum being re set for the fifth time, its so annoying.
35min Connacht win a scrum just outside there own 22.
33min Matt Jarvis goes for the post from just inside the Treviso half. Its goes wide to the right.
32min Treviso offside from a throw, Connacht penalty.
30min Connacht win a scrum near half,poor throw from Treviso.
29min Matt Jarvis kicks the penalty.
27min Connacht win a penalty, it should be 3-3. Great play from George Naoupu.
25min Connacht win a scrum just outside the Treviso 22.
24min Connacht attacking on half way.
21min Connacht slightly ahead in the scrum and general play but a few silly mistakes is leading to them not getting on the scoreboard.
17min Poor clearing kick from Treviso, Connacht have a line out inside the Italian half.
15min Willem de Waal misses the penalty, bit of luck for Connacht
14min Treviso win a penalty for collapsing a maul, it should be easy for de Waal
14min Connacht looked to be in for a try through Eoin Griffin but the referee calls it back for a forward pass. Connacht getting into the match.
12min Connacht attacking just inside the Treviso half.
10min Connacht have the ball and are attacking on half way.
8min Penalty is easily converted, 3-0 Treviso. Willem de Waal.
6min Connacht penalised for not rolling away, easy penalty for Treviso.
5min Good attack by Treviso and they win a throw just outside the Connacht 10m line.
3min Messy start from both team.
2min Treviso kicked off, Connacht on the attack.
1min Match underway, it should be a very tight game this afternoon.
0min Its nearly 32 degrees, so hopefully it does not affect the Connacht team in the closing stages.
0min Connacht rugby’s opening game in the newly named, RaboDirect Pro 12, gets underway this Saturday, away to Italian side Benneton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo in the north of Italy.
Benetton Treviso: L Nitoglia; M Sepe, K Burton, A Pratichetti, B Williams; W De Waal, A Chillon; M Rizzo, F Sbaraglini, A Allori; A Pavanello (capt), V Bernabo; M Filippucci, F Minto, M Vosawai
Replacements: D Vidal, M Muccignat, P Di Santo, G Padro, B Vermaak, S Picone, A Di Bernardo, B De Jager.
Connacht: G Duffy (capt); M McCrea, E Griffin, H Fa’afili, T O’Halloran; M Jarvis, F Murphy; R Loughney, A Flavin, R Ah You; M Swift, M McCarthy; J Muldoon, R Ofisa, G Naoupu.
Replacements: E Reynecke, D Buckley, D Rogers, TJ Anderson, J O’Connor, P O’Donohoe, N O’Connor, B Tuohy
Connacht rugby’s opening game in the newly named, RaboDirect Pro 12, gets underway this Saturday, away to Italian side Benneton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo in the north of Italy.
This is the Italians side’s second season in the Rabodirect Pro 12 league and they finished ahead of fellow Italian debutants Aironi Rugby and woeful Scottish side Glasgow Warriors last year.
Although Connacht finished ahead of Treviso, they suffered a narrow defeat against the Italians last October at the northern Italian venue. Treviso are certainly no mugs, taking the scalps of both Leinster and Munster at home last year, and head coach Franco Smith has called for more of the same as look to improve on their debut season.
It has been possibly the biggest summer in Connacht’s history since last May when, thanks to Leinster’s Heineken Cup triumph, they automatically qualified for Europe’s biggest competition and a flurry of activity have followed the westerners since then.
A record number of season tickets have been sold– at this stage the Sportsground is almost completely sold out—and only this week the Irish Sports council issued a grant, worth over €400,000, for upgrading stadium facilities and hopefully boosting attendance numbers at the Galway venue.
While most fans are realising the prospect of taking on the likes of French giants Toulouse, the league is and should be the main priority for Eric Elwood’s men as they look to improve on last year’s fourth from bottom finish. In fact they only finished a solitary point ahead of this weekend’s opposition.
Although they have lost several key players including Ian Keatley, Sean Cronin, Jamie Hagan and record try scorer Fionn Carr, Elwood and his backroom squad have bought wisely and strengthened in key areas. They have secured the services of utility back Matthew Jarvis, out-half Niall O’ Connor, hooker Ethienne Reynecke, centre Henry Fa’afili and back-row forward George Naopu, who returns to the Sportsground after a two year absence. Reynecke and Fa’afili, in particular, bring a wealth of southern-hemisphere experience to the team.
Gavin Duffy has been named captain for the year after Galway man John Muldoon led the side for the past three seasons. The Ballina native is the correct choice as he has been with the province for a number of years and is an experienced campaigner. Another crucial factor for Elwood choosing Duffy is the fact that he is a local player, which always goes down well with the fans.
Pre-season hasn’t exactly gone to plan with three losses, most recently suffering a heavy defeat, away to English side Saracens. Injury’s to Eoghan Grace, Brett Wilkinson and long term absentee Dave Nolan rob Elwood of a number of options ahead of Saturday’s game.
Treviso will be missing no fewer than 12 members of their squad, all of whom are away on World Cup duty, and while last year’s defeat in Treviso could not be avoided, Connacht will be hoping to capitalise on the Italian side’s misfortune and secure a valuable away win.
Connacht team: 1. Ronan Loughney, 2. Adrian Flavin. 3. Rodney Ah You, 4. Michael Swift, 5. Mike McCarthy, 6. John Muldoon, 7. Ray Ofisa, 8. George Naoupu, 9. Frank Murphy, 10. Matthew Jarvis, 11. Tiernan O’Halloran, 12. Henry Fa’afili, 13. Eoin Griffin, 14. Mark McCrea, 15. Gavin Duffy (C)
Replacements: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Denis Buckley, 18. Dylan Rogers, 19. TJ Anderson, 20. Johnny O’Connor, 21. Paul O’Donohoe, 22. Nial O’Connor 23. Brian Tuohy