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Carty Celebrates 150th Connacht Cap With Victory

Feb 6, 2021 17:02 By Dave Hooper
Carty Celebrates 150th Connacht Cap With Victory Carty Celebrates 150th Connacht Cap With Victory
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Kiltoom’s Jack Carty kicked two conversions a penalty and a drop goal to help Connacht to a 30-20 win over Dragons on his

Kiltoom’s Jack Carty kicked two conversions a penalty and a drop goal to help Connacht to a 30-20 win over Dragons on his 150th Connacht cap.

It was also a special night for Finlay Bealham and Carty, both of whom made their 150th appearance for the province. Oisin Dowling, meanwhile made his debut as a second-half replacement.

Tries from Matt Healy, Abraham Papali’i, Caolin Blade, and Tom Daly accounted for the visitors’ tries, while Jack Carty added two conversions a penalty, and a dropkick to the final tally.

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The Dragons, registered three tries Richard Hibbard claiming a hat-tric b but it was the Westerners who deservedly claimed all five points.

The Dragons’ signalled their intent early with a Sam Davies penalty giving them a 3-0 lead.

Carty was influential in Connacht’s opening try, his sumptuous cross-field kick landed accurately in Matt Healy’s hands who touched down for the try.

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Minutes later Conancht were in again, Delahunt feed a pass to Papali’i who ran a powerful line powering his way through attempted Dragons’ tackles to touch down.

Richard Hibbard got Dragons back in the game touching the ball down for dragons try from a maul, but  Carty accurately kicked a penalty to tie the game at 13 points apiece at half-time.

Connacht began the second-half and made it count on the scoreboard just over five minutes into the half.

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Scrum-half Blade gathered the pass to score with Carty slotting the extras to give Connacht a 20-13 lead.

Dragons responded in strong fashion and they piled the pressure on the visitors’ defence. Hibbard was once again the benefactor of a rolling maul and touching down at the base for a try which Davies converted to draw the team’s level at 20-20.

That was as good as it got for the home team, though, as Connacht pulled away in the final 20 minutes.

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Replacement Kieran Marmion brought fresh impetus from the bench and the Irish international played a prominent role in the Westerners’ bonus point sealing try.

Carty slotting the extras to take Connacht into a 27-20 lead.

Carty then made sure of the win a sweetly struck drop kick and Connacht head home with all five match day points.

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