Connacht 29 Cardiff 0
The Sportsground, Galway
Saturday, February 15th 2020.
Connacht returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a resounding 29 – 0 win over a disappointing Cardiff side. After a winless run of five games, stretching back to mid-December, Andy Friend’s men recorded a resounding bonus-point win.
An early Jack Carty penalty got the scoring underway with six minutes on the clock. The home side dominated territory and possession during the opening quarter without making their dominance tell on the scoreboard. There were numerous visits into the Cardiff 22 during that spell, but a mixture of smart Cardiff defence and a slowing of the attacking tempo once Connacht got within ten meters meant that the whitewash wasn’t breached.
The first try finally arrived just before the half-hour mark. Not for the first time the Cardiff lineout malfunctioned. An overthrow from hooker Liam Belcher was grabbed by his opposite number Dave Heffernan. The Ballina man showed nice footwork to step inside the visitors cover and crossed for the games first try.
Peter Robb added a second try five minutes later. Jack Carty sent a clever grubber kick in behind the cover and Robb was the first to react to touch down. Connacht took a 15-0 lead into the break.
John Porch got in on the act with a try off a lineout move. A Denis Buckley reverse offload fed the Aussie winger, who then took the ball around and dotted down under the posts. The bonus point try arrived just on the hour mark. Peter Robb turned the ball over inside his own 22. He fed Kyle Godwin, who went the length of the field to score.
Full time: Connacht 29 Cardiff 0.