Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion star as Connacht beat Ulster

Bundee Aki,  Kiernan Marmion really put their hands for starting places in the Ireland rugby for the November International squad.

Video highlights of the Pro14 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Aviva Stadium on 23rd August 2020.

Guinness Pro14
Connacht (14) 26
Tries: Porch, Marmion, Aki, Aungier Cons: Carty 3
Ulster (6) 20
Tries: Stockdale, Timoney Cons: Burns, Madigan Pens: Cooney 2

Connacht looked the sharper side as the teams re-emerged from a six-month break, with first-half tries from John Porch and Kieran Marmion giving them a deserved half-time lead and they kicked on with a great try from Bundee Aki and finished the game with a late Jack Aungier try.

“Our energy was great. That was a crucial period. They dug really deep, some really strong characters,” said Connacht coach Andy Friend about going down a player. “We had five debutantes and Bundee on his 100th cap. I thought Bundee was really special,”

Dan McFarland was not a happy coach “I’m searching for the reason we didn’t have the spark I was expecting,” said McFarland. “It was disappointing to put in that kind of performance. I don’t want to take away from Connacht but we were a shadow of ourselves. You try to remind yourself of levels.”

Ulster: Stockdale; Gilroy, Hume, McCloskey, Ludik; Burns (c), Cooney; McGrath, McBurney, Moore, A O’Connor, Treadwell; Timoney, Murphy, Coetzee.

Replacements: Andrew, O’Sullivan, O’Toole, Carter, Rea, Mathewson, Madigan, Lowry.

Connacht: Porch; Sullivan, Aki, T Farrell, Wootton; Carty, Marmion; Buckley, Heffernan, Bealham, Dillane, Thornbury; Masterson, Butler, Boyle.

Replacements: Murphy, Duggan, Aungier, Murray, Oliver, Kerins, Dean, Daly.