Second half resurgence allows Connact to edge out Toulouse

Connacht's Bundee Aki scored a crucial late try
Connacht's Bundee Aki scored a crucial late try

Connacht 23 - 21 Toulouse, The Sportsground

Connacht made a tremendous comeback in the second half after being 10 points down at half time to go on to win the game 23 - 21 against Toulouse in the European Champions Cup at The Sportsground on Saturday.

A hat-trick of penalty from Sebastien Bezy applied early pressure on Connacht as they were trailing 0-9. However, wing Niyi Adeolokun replied back with try in the 19th minute but fly-half Jack Carty failed to add the conversion.

However, Carty made amends for it by adding two penalties in the next eight minute to take Connacht to lead for the first time in the game.

The four-time champions stepped up the game in the second quarter as centre Yann David and Jean-Marc Doussain strolled over the post taking Toulouse to 11-21 at half-time.

What transpired in the second half was a spirited performance from the Pro 12 champions while Carty missing penalties added to Toulouse's woes. Tiernan O'Halloran's 57th minute try reduced the gap down to five points while minutes later centre Bundee Aki breached Toulouse defence again as the scores were levelled.

Craig Ronaldson's conversion on Ali's try allowed Pat Lam's men to take a two-point lead allowing Connacht a dream start to their European Championship campaign.


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