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Connacht put Leinster to the sword
19 Sep 2014 22:10
Connacht 10-9 Leinster
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The Sportsground erupted at the finish as Connacht held on to defeat defending Guinness Pro12 champions Leinster 10-9 and end their 11-match losing streak in Irish interprovincial derbies.
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Kieran Marmion's early contender for try of the season saw the Westerners take the spoils and make a bit of history in the process - this is the first time ever that they have begun a league campaign with three successive wins.
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Connacht fell foul of referee John Lacey's whistle early on, allowing Leinster to take a 9-3 half-time lead with Ian Madigan successful with three of his four penalty attempts.
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Jack Carty kicked the hosts' lone reply and having kept Leinster scoreless while captain John Muldoon was in the sin-bin, a superb solo try from scrum-half Marmion had Connacht leading by the 55th minute.
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With their scrum turning the tables on Leinster, Pat Lam's young side showed great fortitude in defence to see out a nail-biting victory and repeat the province's September 2012 success against the Blues.
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