Elwood era ends in defeat for Connacht

Connacht's head coach Eric Elwood after the match. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Connacht 3 Glasgow 20
Eric Elwood’s era of 24 years continuous service for Connacht came to an end in Galway last night.

The weather did not stand on ceremony — it was typically wet and wild in the west — but it did not deter the 6,081 supporters who turned up to salute their most illustrious player in his final match in charge of the province.

Connacht responded to Elwood’s desire to sign off his current tenure with a flourish, but they were unable to record their ninth — and highest — number of wins ever in the League.

They fell behind 10-0 early after DTH Van deer Merwe touched down for the visitors and though the latter found themselves a man down, the best Connacht could muster was a Dan Park penalty for a 10-3 interval deficit.

And when Sean Maitland dotted down their second try after the break, Connacht’s cause was lost.

CONNACHT: G Duffy (capt); D Poolman, E Griffin, B Murphy, T O’Halloran; D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, R Loughney; M Swift, M McCarthy; A Browne, J O’Connor, E McKeon.

Replacements: A Flavin for Reynecke, Rodney Ah You for Wilkinson (HT), J Muldoon for McKeoin (48m), M Kearney for O’Connor and JP Cooney for Loughney (50), A Flavin for Reynecke (55m), P O’Donohoe for Marmion (63)m), M Fifita for Browne M Nikora for Parks (72m).

GLASGOW WARRIORS: P Murchie; T Seymour, S Lamont, P Horne, DTH van der Merwe; R Jackson, H Pyrgos; M Low, P MacArthur, J Welsh; T Swinson, T Ryder; R Harley, J Barclay, R Wilson. Replacements: R Grant for Low, D Hall for MacArthur, E Kalman for Welsh (50m), J Straruss for Harley (56m), MacArthur for Hall (57m), N Matawalu for Pyrgos, S Maitland for Seymour and S Hogg for Jackson (all 63m), J Eddie for Swinson (70m).

Referee: G Clancy (Ireland).


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