Eire hooker Dave Heffernan delivered a man-of-the-match efficiency as Connacht ran out 29-Zero bonus-point winners over Cardiff Blues on the Sportsground.
Tries from Heffernan and Peter Robb, who celebrated his two-year contract extension, gave Connacht a deserved 15-Zero interval lead as Jack Carty recaptured his pre-Rugby World Cup type at quantity 10.
Carty, who didn’t make Eire’s Six Nations squad, had a hand in John Porch’s 49th-minute rating earlier than Kyle Godwin bagged a breakaway bonus-point effort because the westerners ended their five-match shedding run in all competitions.
Regardless of Nick Williams’ strong impression off the bench and a Denis Buckley yellow card, Cardiff continued to make errors they usually now path fourth-placed Connacht by six factors within the Convention B desk.
Cardiff had been on the again foot for a lot of the primary half, shedding three of their very own lineouts and lacking a dozen tackles.
James Ratti and Olly Robinson led their resistance, popping up with some essential defensive interventions and turnovers.
Carty opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty from in entrance of the posts, and his kicking out-of-hand stored Connacht on high of the territorial battle.
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Full-back Tiernan O’Halloran additionally pinned Cardiff again with a intelligent touch-finder.
Lineout strain from Gavin Thornbury, who labored brilliantly in tandem with Ultan Dillane, pressured a free throw from Cardiff’s Liam Belcher, who watched Heffernan gobble it up on the tail and weave his well beyond two defenders, crashing over previous a poor Jason Tovey deal with to make it 10-0.
With Hallam Amos caught too slim, Paul Boyle burst ahead to set the wheels in movement for a 33rd-minute attempt. Carty slid an outstanding left-footed kick in the direction of the precise nook which was completed over the road by Robb, regardless of Dan Fish’s despairing deal with.
Carty’s conversion try blew huge on the close to facet, and Cardiff needed to scramble to keep away from leaking one other attempt earlier than the interval.
Jason Harries scrambled to deliver down O’Halloran just a few metres out, following Carty’s inviting offload out of a deal with.
Connacht did extra harm within the third quarter, Carty’s skip cross placing Buckley into area and the alternative prop’s instinctive behind-the-back cross, beneath strain from two defenders, discovered its solution to Porch who completed off, with TMO Charles Samson ruling out a ahead cross.
Carty transformed and in addition added the extras to Godwin’s opportunistic 57th-minute landing, Robb reacting quickest to the ball squirting out of a Cardiff ruck simply exterior the Connacht 22 and sending his centre companion romping clear up the precise wing.
The guests didn’t capitalise on a Will Boyde break and alternative Lewis Jones knocked on at a subsequent scrum.
Repeated infringements led to Buckley seeing yellow within the 64th minute, however Kristian Dacey’s crooked lineout throw meant the increasingly-frustrated Blues remained scoreless in Galway.