Connacht get loosing bonus point in Edinburgh

Edinburgh 19-14 Connacht, Murrayfield Stadium, Kick-off: 1930
75min (C) N O’Connor Missed Conversion
74min (C) N O’Connor Try
71min (E) G Laidlaw Conversion
70min (E) Hunter Try
56min (C) N O’Connor Penalty
54min (E) G Laidlaw Penalty
52min (E) M Jarvis Penalty
47min (E) G Laidlaw Penalty
43min (E) M Jarvis Penalty
39min (E) G Laidlaw Penalty
37min (C) Gavin Duffy Yellow Card
35min (E) G Laidlaw Penalty
29min (E) G Laidlaw Missed Penalty
27min (C) M Jarvis Missed Penalty
11min (C) M Jarvis Missed Penalty

Edinburgh posted their first win of this season’s RaboDirect PRO12 campaign when they saw off Eric Elwood’s Connacht side on Friday evening, running out 19-14 winners.

Connacht, Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley’s former club, had already beaten Treviso and Scarlets in their opening games, but missed out on their third consecutive win.
The Irishmen started the game brightly and were narrowly denied a try in the first half when Tiernan O’Halloran was bundled into touch just short of the line.
A dour encounter overall, dominated by penalty kicks and countless errors, sparked into life in the final 10 minutes and went to the wire
A 14-point contribution from Edinburgh skipper Greig Laidlaw earned him the man of the match award, kicking four penalties as well as converting a try by Gregor Hunter.
Hunter crossed the line with 11 minutes to go following a charged down kick. Niall O’Connor then replied with a try for Connacht to provide the Irish outfit with fresh hope, however Edinburgh held on deny the visitors a first win on Scottish soil since 2006.
Try: Hunter
Conversions: Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw 4

Try: O’Connor
Penalties: Jarvis 2, O’Connor

Live commentary
80min Only seconds to go and Edinburgh have possession.
79min Great play by Muldoon, but Edinburgh turn it over. Connacht win a scrum on half way.
78min Connacht attacking on the Edinburgh 22.
77min Nice play by Connacht, they win a penalty late tackle on Brian Tuohy
76min Connacht steal the throw and go on the attack.
75min Edinburgh throw on half way.
74min Connacht three metres from the line, Nail O’Connor gets in for the try. He misses the conversion.
72min Connacht attacking on the Edinburgh 22.
71min Edinburgh throw on their own 22.
70min Disaster for Connacht, shocking kick by O’Connor leads to a break away Edinburgh try for Hunter, Laidlaw kicks the conversion.
69min Connacht up to the Edinburgh 22.
68min Connacht attacking on Edinburgh 10m line, nice play by Duffy.
67min The game is in balance the next score will be vital.
66min Throw for Connacht on half way, they are attacking just inside the Edinburgh half. O’Hallaron knocks on.
64min Great defending by Connacht, the have a line out on their own 22.
63min Visser nearly goes in for a try, Connacht under huge pressure.
61min Edinburgh win a scrum, Connacht knock on.
61min Now Edinburgh are attacking inside the Connacht 10m line.
60min Illegal feed from Connacht from a scrum on the Edinburgh22. The referee is a disgrace.
60min Lots of subs coming on for both sides.
57min Connacht scrum on their own 10m line.
57min N O’Connor kicks the penalty to leave three in it.
56min Connacht attacking metres from Edinburgh try line, they win a penalty. What else was going to happen.
54min Edinburgh win a penalty from the kick off, this ref is giving away a penalty every five min. Laidlaw extendsthe Edinburgh lead.
51min Jarvis misses a drop goal when he knew he had a penalty, its in front of the posts and should be an easy three points.
50min Connacth attacking inside the Edinburgh 22.
50min Wilkinson comes on for Connacht.
49min Edinburgh attacking, they are penalised for holding on. This Italian referee is awful.
47min Another Edinburgh penalty. G Laidlaw kicks the penalty.
46min Edinburgh win a penalty, Connacht offside. They go for the corner.
45min Great breakaway from Edinburgh, they are up to the Connacht 22. Eoin Griffin missed the tackle.
44min Jarvis kicks over the easy penalty, Duffy back on the pitch.
42min Second half underway, Connacth win a penalty on the 22.
HT Awful first half, Connacht have conceded ten penalties.
40min Its getting annoying, another penalty for Edinburgh. Laidlaw kicks it over.
39min Jarvis clears the ball to the 10m line.
38min Edinburgh knock on, Eric Elwood will be hoping for half time.
37min Gavin Duffy gets a yellow card, Edinburgh kick the penalty to inside the Connacht 22.
36min Laidlaw puts Edinburgh 3-0 up.
35min Connacht concede their seventh penalty, this should be kicked.
34min Poor clearing kick by Duffy, Edinburgh line out on the Connacht 22.
32min Great play by Laidlaw, let off for Connacht Edinburgh knock on.
31min Edinburgh attacking outside the Connacht 22.
30min Laidlaw’s kick drops just under the posts.
29min Edinburgh win a penalty for a high tackle, Laidlaw will go for the posts.
27min Its missed, hopefully Connacht wont regret the two penalty misses.
27min Edinburgh penalised for crossing. Matt Jarvis going for the posts.
26min Shocking kick by Edinburgh does not find touch, its cleared back to half way.
26min Edinburgh attacking on half way, they win a penalty Johnny O’Connor for not rolling away.
27min Poor kick from Duffy, and O’Halloran knocks it on.
25min Gavin Duffy knocks it on. Edinburgh scrum.
22min Good kick from Connacht is knocked on, Connacht scrum on Edinburgh 10 line.
21min Connacht attacking on half way.
21min Great kick by Gavin Duffy, Edinurgh throw five metres from their own line.
19min Free kick to Edinburgh after early engagement in the scrum.
18min Connacht attacking on the Edinburgh 22.
16min Rodney Ah You is down injured and play is delayed.
13min Edinburgh knock on, they win a scrum on half way
11min Connacht win a penalty but its kicked wide.
10min Great break by Frank Murphy, Connacht line out on the Edinburgh 10m line.
9min Connacht penalised for an early lift, free kick to Edinburgh.
8min Connacht win a penalty, Edinburgh penalised for crossing.
7min Penalty for Edinburgh, Johnny O’Connor offside. The Scot kick to the corner for a throw.
6min Edinburgh attack on the Connacht 10m line.
4min Penalty to Edinburgh inside their own 22.
2min Connacht on the attack, but its knocked on.
1min Match underway
0min Eric Elwood is aiming to become the first coach to lead the Westerners to three wins at the start of a Celtic League campaign since it went to a home-and-away schedule back in 2003/04.

Team News
Edinburgh: T Brown, L Jones, J Thompson, J King, T Visser, G Laidlaw (captain), C Leck, K Traynor, S Lawrie, J Gilding, G Gilchrist, S Turnbull, S Cox, R Grant, D Denton

Replacements: A Kelly, R Hislop, S Knight, E Lozada, S McInally, A Black, G Hunter, M Scott

Connacht: G Duffy, M McCrea, E Griffin, H Fa’afili, T O’Halloran, M Jarvis, F Murphy, R Loughney, E Reynecke, R Ah You, M Swift, M McCarthy, J Muldoon, J O’Connor, G Naoupu

Replacements: A Flavin, B Wilkinson, D Rogers, D Gannon, R Ofisa, P O’Donohoe, N O’Connor, B Tuohy

Referee: Alan Falzone (FIR)

It’s old versus new here as Michael Bradley’s Edinburgh charges welcome his former team and International and province team-mate, Eric Elwood’s unbeaten Connacht team, to Murrayfield on Friday night for what many already deem a bottom of the table clash.(KO, 7.30pm)

The Scottish side have lost their two opening RaboDirect Pro 12 games, losing heavily to Cardiff Blues in the first round and suffered a last-gasp defeat away to another Welsh side, the Ospreys, where they conceded a stoppage time try.

They have now lost their last three matches in the competition. However, their last three home games against Irish opposition have resulted in victory and head coach Michael Bradley remains upbeat and is convinced his troops are on the right course despite the early season blues.

Connacht are hoping to continue their good start to the season and a win would see their best ever start to the league since 2002/2003 where they recorded five wins in a row.

Yet, history is against them, they have not won in Scotland since 2006. In fact, Connacht’s only victory in Murrayfield came in their maiden season in 2005. But a hard fought win away to Treviso and overcoming Scarlets at the Sportsground proves Elwood’s side means business.

The Irish side finished below Edinburgh in the league last season and, in previous fixtures, on the day, it has been the home team which has come out on top. Edinburgh have shipped five tries in two games while Connacht’s steely defense have only lost one so far but both teams are struggling to get the try numbers up.

Bradley and his team will be going all out to avoid a third straight defeat but will have to somehow get past the Irish sides impressive defense and judging by previous results in Murrayfield Connacht will be hoping to create their own piece of history and record a first win in six years.

Verdict: Connacht by 3-5


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