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Connacht bow out of Europe

Apr 3, 2021 22:04 By Dave Hooper
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Connacht's European campaign ends in Leicester

Connacht bowed out of the European challenge cup after a 48-32 defeat to Leicester in Welford Road.

Connacht got off to the perfect start with a Kieran Marmion try after just seven minutes but Charlie Clare and Guy Porter crossed the white wash for the hosts on 11 and 14 minutes.

Zack Henry had converted Porter’s try while Jack Carty responded with a penalty on 20 minutes, Moroni on 27 and Henry on 33 both touched down.

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Henry added the two points to his own try to make it 24-8 after 34 minutes. Jack Carty converted a penalty to make it 24-11 at the break.

Connacht rallied in the second half with an Eoghan Masterson try which Carty converted, Johnny McPhillips responded with a 58th minute penalty for Leicester.

Andy Friend’s side kept fighting with Alex Wootton touching down on 59 minutes, Carty added the two points, but Charlie Clare responded with a try five minutes later with McPhillips adding two points to keep Connacht at bay.

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Paul Boyle’s try eight minutes from the end dragged Connacht back into it after Conor Fitzgerald converted to make it 34-32.

Leicester though found another gear a Harry Wells and Jasper Wiese both crossed the try line with McPhillips converting both as Leicester won out 48-32.

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