Connacht hero Jack Carty said that he was happy he rectified his kicking during the 20-18 defeat of Wasps in a game that culminated in his match-winning conversion from the right touchline.
Pat Lam’s aside appeared to be heading for successive defeats to Wasps in Pool Two of the Champions Cup, but Fijian flanker Naulia Dawai struck for a try in injury-time to level the match.
Carty, who missed his first kick at goal in the game and has struggled in recent weeks from the tee, stood over the difficult kick facing the Bohermore End of the Sportsground.
The Athlone native however judged it to perfection, aiming for the near post and allowing the wind to take it between the sticks.
Delirious fans spilled on to the pitch for yet another memorable match in 2016, with the victory ensuring a three-way tie in the group along with Wasps and Toulouse.
Reflecting on the nerveless kick, the out-half admitted he had to ignore his difficulties in recent games and focus on his routine.
“I was just trying to block out everything. Dave Ellis [kicking coach] said something to me when I got the tee off... you try to keep it like any other kick," he told RTÉ Sport.
“When he handed me the tee he was like, ‘you can kick it anywhere’. He thought we were actually winning at the time
“It’s just about trying to do the same thing over and over again.
“My kicking has been inconsistent the last few weeks. I’ve probably taken a little bit of flak for it.”
Carty’s first effort from the tee was his only attempt off target, when he pulled his second-minute penalty to the left, and he revealed that he was able to rectify what went wrong to successfully slot over his two subsequent penalties and conversions.
“The first kick was probably [because of] the mistakes I had been making up until that,” he said.
“I was happy that I realised why that kick didn’t go where I wanted it and then rectified that.
“I suppose when I got the one from the touchline and in front of the posts, my confidence grew from that.”
Lam praised the character of his young out-half and revealed the player did extra sessions this week to iron out his kicking issues.
“Jack has taken flak, but this week he did extra sessions,” he said.
“He knew the team was going to need him because he was the last goal-kicker, and we are all emotional about it.
“That is an example of what Connacht people are all about - they get knocked back but they dust themselves down and get going again, so this win is a tremendous win.”
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