Connacht pile on the points

first_img Press Association The home side were full of early running against a stiff Sportsground wind, a fifth-minute effort from the returning Tiernan O’Halloran helping them on their way to a 13-5 half-time lead. Treviso centre Sam Christie struck for a try before the break, but Pat Lam’s men had the bonus point in the bag by the 54th minute thanks to successive scores from Jake Heenan, Matt Healy and Denis Buckley. Connacht gave their bid to finish in the top half of the Guinness PRO12 a big lift with a 53-5 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso. center_img Man-of-the-match Craig Ronaldson was near faultless off the kicking tee, pocketing 18 points from nine attempts, with Aly Muldowney, Healy and Danie Poolman completing the seven-try rout. The result moved the Irish province six points clear of the seventh-placed Scarlets, as the battle for European Champions Cup qualification intensifies. The Italian defence crumbled out wide in the opening minutes when Healy’s lovely run and snappy pass out of a tackle sent O’Halloran stepping through to score on his first start of the season. Ronaldson converted and then added a penalty on the quarter-hour mark after a spell of forward pressure. The visitors should have replied via good breakdown work from scrum-half Alberto Lucchese, but Jayden Hayward pushed the resulting penalty wide. Connacht kept the Italians out as they pressed for a try from a close-in penalty and the hosts’ solid scrum platform saw them build for a second successful penalty from excellent out-half Ronaldson. However, Treviso hit back in the 34th minute when Niyi Adeolokun and John Cooney were unable to stop Christie from close range, with Hayward missing the conversion from the left. A foot in touch denied winger Healy a quick try on the resumption, although the Connacht pack were in clinical form when a well-worked maul saw flanker Heenan crash over in the right corner. Ronaldson maintained his 100 per cent kicking return at that stage, brilliantly drawing in the difficult conversion off the left post. Try number three swiftly followed as Healy deservedly got over near the left corner flag, profiting from Poolman’s timely injection of pace in a back-line move. The province’s best maul of the night saw prop Buckley plunge over for the bonus-point score. And although they failed to prosper from hooker Tom McCartney’s eye-catching run, a short Ian Porter pass soon had the hard-working Muldowney reaching over the line. As the penalties stacked up, Treviso replacement prop Salesi Manu was sin-binned for a ruck infringement near his posts and Healy scored again, before Poolman outpaced the cover to get his side past the half-century points mark. last_img read more

Bazdarevic after Triumph over Wales: We won deservedly!

first_imgAfter the match, the coach of the football national team of B&H commented on the last night’s performance of the Dragons and the victory against Wales within the qualifications for the European Championships which is to be played in France next year.“I think the guys played a good match. Perhaps there was not the expected quality. It was not easy at all, because we have not created many opportunities. However, the victory is nice and we are going to Cyprus to achieve what we are all wishing for”, the coach Bazdarevic said after the match.The coach commented on Vedad Ibisevic coming back in shape.“Vedo deserved that we congratulate him on the goal and we hope he will score a lot more of them”, Bazdarevic pointed out.Three days from now, B&H is playing the last match in the qualifications, against Cyprus. Victory in that match would ensure performance in the barrage.“It is a master match, and there are no favorites. The winner goes on. Cyprus is a quality team, they have won against us and Israel, and I hope for the best”, coach Bazdarevic concluded.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more