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Friday, April 23, 2010

Michael Swift great team try for Connacht against Leinster

It was a top versus bottom encounter at the Sportsground on Wednesday night as Connacht hosted league leaders Leinster and produced a great performance to beat them 27-13, thus boosting their chances of Heineken Cup qualification.

Tries from Brian Tuohy, Troy Nathan, and this cracker from Michael Swift, helped Connacht to only their second win over Leinster since 2004.

Michael Swift scored one of the tries of the season for Connacht as they swept up field through some great handling and continuity, recycling the ball at speed and offloading before contact.

They held out the Leinster attacks for the rest of the match with a great defensive display, setting up a Heineken Cup promotion place encounter with Ulster at Ravenhill. Both sides sit at the bottom of the table with 26 points a piece.

The home crowd swamped the field at fulltime, celebrating what was a historic and inspired win over the European champions and Magners League leaders.

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  • unbelievable try, á la super 14...

    By Anonymous bd, at April 23, 2010 5:05 pm  

  • If they play like this in the Amlin semis they have a decent shot. Connacht finally getting some confidence about themselves.

    By Blogger Box, at April 23, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • If they had they player base, Connacht could be a force in the game, but until they win players over from Gaelic games, they will struggle. Pity.

    By Anonymous Mike, at April 23, 2010 5:27 pm  

  • That was deadly. Liam Toland's "OOHHH" just before it was scored was excellent. And Conor Morris was practically having an orgasm. Great stuff.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at April 23, 2010 5:34 pm  

  • Was there, absolute brilliant attacking 2nd half performance and cracking defence in the 1st half as leinster failed to score.

    Toulon and your moneybags.....beware!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 23, 2010 6:44 pm  

  • ........ummmm...we lost..


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 23, 2010 6:47 pm  

  • A week ago, I would've said that Toulon were going to win the semi-final, no doubt. But after the way Connacht played against Munster and Leinster at home - and the Toulon match is a home game...

    ...well, I think that it may actually be a better match than Leinster-Toulouse.

    By Anonymous miles, at April 23, 2010 7:00 pm  

  • And I agree with the Anonymous a few above - the Connacht defense in the first half was ridiculous! At least half a dozen times, Leinster were 5m from the line and Connacht held them off.

    By Anonymous miles, at April 23, 2010 7:01 pm  

  • brilliant effort !

    By Blogger sebastian, at April 23, 2010 7:34 pm  

  • Does anyone have the highlights of the match cause I missed it?

    By Blogger John, at April 23, 2010 10:23 pm  

  • Awesome from Connacht. Go and win the amlin, crown a great 2nd half of the season, ye can do it.....

    By Blogger James, at April 23, 2010 10:44 pm  

  • always love to see a LOCK TRY!!!!!!!
    (what was he doing on the wing anyway?)

    By Anonymous MEeee, at April 24, 2010 12:44 am  

  • yay!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 24, 2010 1:01 am  

  • @mike

    its not the player base that connacht lack,its the funding.munster and leinster both have about 10 times more money available,and this reason for the gulf in class.
    however,if connacht make the heineken cup this year,the massive cash boost could set them on their way to being another great irish team....

    By Anonymous Ireland for WC 2011, at April 24, 2010 1:05 am  

  • MEeee said...
    always love to see a LOCK TRY!!!!!!!
    (what was he doing on the wing anyway?)

    Think its pretty clear that he was waiting out there to finish off one of the greatest tries ever...

    By Anonymous Donkey Punch, at April 24, 2010 1:28 am  

  • For a great team try you should see the Force vs Crusaders try 2010, great 80m run by the replacement hooker then an offload. This is... quite bad. A great try shouldn't include a phase, should just be fluid running rugby from point A to B, not C to D to H back to D swirl around to Z back to C and maybe to A again but maybe to point B.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at April 24, 2010 3:11 am  

  • Les Bleus said...
    This is... quite bad. A great try shouldn't include a phase, should just be fluid running rugby from point A to B, not C to D to H back to D swirl around to Z back to C and maybe to A again but maybe to point B.

    Nonsense .. this is a great try by any measure, have you forgotten that it's a team game? Like many good tries it includes quick inter-passing, a couple of half-breaks, quick recycling at the breakdown before the defence gets organised .. and plenty of individual flair along the way. Your opinion that there is only one way to score a good try is a very narrow view of rugby and goes against your French nickname.

    By Anonymous secondfive, at April 24, 2010 4:12 am  

  • He's not French, secondfive; and he just says stuff to stir shit up. He's a sad little SH kid with nothing better to do with his time (no disrespect to SH'ers in general who aren't assclowns).

    By Anonymous morrissey, at April 24, 2010 6:24 am  

  • Great try!

    Interesting that the commentator classed a 19 year old, fresh out of school kid with less than half a dozen Leinster caps as 'an international standard winger!'

    Tyical Setanta stuff!

    By Anonymous NoKanLah, at April 24, 2010 10:34 am  

  • ^^^Conway is 18, he won't be 19 until July.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 24, 2010 10:43 am  

  • He was talking about Dempsey.

    By Blogger Box, at April 24, 2010 10:50 am  

  • up the west and f**k the rest

    By Blogger paddy, at April 24, 2010 11:43 am  

  • morrissey said...
    He's not French, secondfive; and he just says stuff to stir shit up. He's a sad little SH kid with nothing better to do with his time (no disrespect to SH'ers in general who aren't assclowns).

    No offence taken, morrisey.

    By Anonymous secondfive (SH), at April 24, 2010 1:51 pm  

  • Well, looks like that 'professional' (LMAO) Les Blues is back to being a prick again!

    Great try by swift....shame leinster lost...

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at April 24, 2010 2:01 pm  

  • unbelievable try... hopefully they'll whack scarlets and ulster as well as toulon.. that would be the make this the best season for connacht ever

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 24, 2010 3:03 pm  

  • If you want to see the definition of a lazy player in defence, check out the guy stood in behind the ast breakdown. Yeah, you need someone there, but he just looks like he can't be arsed, and then just casually strolls away when the ball moves away.

    By Anonymous JH, at April 24, 2010 3:06 pm  

  • People say Connacht have 3 routes to the HCup.

    1. Win the Challenge Cup.
    2. Finish above Ulster or
    3. If either Munster or Leinster win HCup, all 4 provinces will be in next saeson.

    But surely, if Connacht finish above Scarlets (very likely unless Scarlets throttle them Sunday, Connacht 26, Scarlets 23) they will gain a place at Scarlets' expense. Why should the Welsh regions, who don't attract crowds, have a team more than Ireland when, whatever your country, you can't deny what the Irish provinces have done for the competition.

    Come on Connacht, show the moneybags of Toulon you can't but success.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at April 24, 2010 4:06 pm  

  • Huh!! the 3rd that's not the case. Wales don't have 4 teams in the Heineken. It used to be like that, but now only 3 from Ireland and Wales go through, but if Ireland or Wales win the Amlin or Heineken then they get an extra 4th spot.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at April 24, 2010 5:01 pm  

  • Thanks for posting this RD. Swifty is bagging the tries these days. Its great to be winning games this season, its a great boost to know that we can be competitive and have the heart to push on for the wins in close games.

    Another great highlight of that match was George Nauopus single handed lineout catch and offload, it is quiet impressive. "unbelievable lineout" I think its headed as, but that should find it anyways. Its worth a look, if ye can post it even better! Any rugby fan, forward or not, should be impressed by it

    By Anonymous Westerner, at April 24, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • I thought it was boring, but good for you if you liked it.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at April 24, 2010 6:29 pm  

  • Keanery for tests,

    Is that a new rule this year? In any case, the main one I've been hearing about is the fact that Ulster and Connacht are tied in the table right now, and Connacht may finish above them - getting them into the HC. Which is a bit odd, considering that Ulster seemed to have started the season well, and have fallen pretty far.

    Your name reminded me of something, too. I don't get to watch too much of Connacht, so I'm a bit ignorant here...maybe he plays this well all the time...But I thought Fionn Carr had two great games against Munster and Leinster.

    But with a first choice of fullback like Kearney, and with Murphy still playing, and even Earls an option, it looks like Carr doesn't have much of a shot at playing in test matches, which is a bit unfortunate...

    By Anonymous parker, at April 24, 2010 8:06 pm  

  • I don't mean to take away from this great try, but did anyone else spot something on the ground when Nikorah got tackled and was recycling the ball back? It looked like he knocked it forward, then pushed it back. The commentator seemed to even make some kind of noise, then kept quiet, as if he'd seen it but then realised it wasn't called up.

    Anyone else's opinions/thoughts on that?

    Superb try otherwise.

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at April 24, 2010 10:38 pm  

  • Superbe ! Toulon risque de l'avoir dûr en Challenge...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 24, 2010 10:52 pm  

  • Parker it is indeed a new rule. And the reason for Ulster being so worried about Connacht finishing higher than them is that then they'd have to rely on an Irish team winning the Cup if they wanted a H-Cup spot as well. And that's a bit risky.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at April 25, 2010 3:16 am  

  • 'Les Bleus said...
    I thought it was boring, but good for you if you liked it.'

    Well your opinion isnt that great....considering you base what you find fun, on being shafted from behind by 3 other men

    I personally think it was a good game from the underdogs!!!

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at April 25, 2010 4:09 am  

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K40t9sE5Eyo



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2010 1:58 pm  

  • awesome ^^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2010 4:21 pm  

  • Incredible stuff! Watched it again straight away - always a good sign.

    Glorious for the lock, real old skool epic ending. Couldn't but smil , me.

    By Anonymous mise, at April 26, 2010 2:35 am  

  • les blollox wud call that one handed take boring and shit as well

    By Anonymous kenny, at April 26, 2010 11:21 am  

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