Connacht’s Elwood feels the frustration

Connacht 11 Scarlets 24

“We set ourselves high standards, particularly at home and we have faulted on two home games, so it is very disappointing,” said Elwood. An intercept by Scarlets’ captain Jonathan Davies inside his own 22 was a devastating blow for Elwood’s men, having led at half time 8-0 against the wind.

However the concession of three tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and a last-minute intercept deprived Connacht of a losing bonus point and ensured the Welsh outfit grabbed their third successive five-pointer.

“It’s just a devastating blow for us. It’s tough at the moment to be honest, I am a bit sick.” said Elwood.

“How we played the game in the first 40 minutes and then to give them four scores, it’s gut-wrenching. The first 10 minutes of the second half are important in any game. Their four tries, well they didn’t really have to work for them.”

Connacht reaped rewards for a first-half 8-2 penalty count. Out-half Miah Nikora struck after 10 minutes and two minutes before the break he fed Eoin Griffin, who crossed in the right corner.

Within a minute of the restart, debutant Llanelli full-back Jordan Williams cut through for the first, right wing speedster George North crossed for a second and four minutes later Connacht’s missed tackle count continued to grow as Williams bagged his second. Although Nikora added a 60th minute penalty, Davies intercept was the death knell.

“We were very happy with what we were doing in the first half,” said Elwood. “But when you are leading 8-0 and you have got the wind at your back and you are at home, that is hard to take. We should have pushed on, turned the screw, and come out the other side of a victory.”

CONNACHT: G Duffy (c); T O’Halloran, E Griffin, D McSharry, F Vainikolo; M Nikora, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, N White; M Swift, M McCarthy; A Browne, W Faloon, E McKeon.

Replacements: A Flavin for Reynecke (30), M Jarvis for O’Halloran (50), R Ah Your for White and D Buckley for Wilkinson (both 58), R Henshaw for Griffin (61), J O’Connor for Faloon (65), D Gannon for Swift (68), D Moore for Marmion (70).

SCARLETS: J Williams; G North, J Davies (c), S Williams, N Reynolds; R Priestland, G Davies; P John, M Rees, S Lee; S Timani , R Kelly; J Turnbull, J Edwards, K Murphy.

Replacements: K Owens for Rees, D Manu for Lee and J Ball for Timani (all 41), A Davies for G Davies and R McCusker for Turnbull (both 61), G Maule for North, P Edwards for John (both 65), A Thomas for Priestland (73).

Referee: Neil Paterson (SRU).

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