By Tadhg Peavoy

Connacht have fallen to a 13th-consecutive defeat in all competitions with defeat to Aironi in the RaboDirect PRO12 at Stadio Luigi Zaffanella.

Eric Elwood's Westerners trailed 9-0 at the interval following a dire 40 minutes of rugby in Viadana, which was perodically punctuated by three penalties from the boot of outhalf Luciano Orquera.

It got no better for the Irish province after the break as a Sinoti Sinoti Toomaga try, and two more penalties from Orquera, secured victory for the Italians of the Lombardy & Emilia Romagna region.

Matthew Jarvis and Niall O'Connor kicked a penalty apiece for Connacht to ensure they didn't leave the Boot of Europe with a duck to their name.

The defeat leaves Connacht off the bottom of the table purely on the basis of three bonus points, with Aironi the only side below them.