Connacht made hard work of gaining a win after going in at half time tailing by 3 points to the Dragons 13.
. The Connacht men put in a lacklustre first half effort, littered with handling errors, scrum and ruck infringements and gaping defensive holes. Connacht conceded a converted try and two penalties.
They came out at half time looking to make amends but their increased intesity was not getting sufficient rewards. Eric however used his bench to the fullest and the substitution of the half-back pairing seemed to spark fresh life into the game. In fact with a few minutes of the introduction of Jarvis, he set Tiernan O'Halloran free on the left wing. He raced towards the line shadowed by Eoin Griffen, whose work-rate was rewarded when O'Halloran off-loaded to send him over the in corner.
Jarvis converted the try and the gap was closed to three points and the Connacht supporters were beginning to believe that the game could indeed be rescued. Ten minutes of good pressure play later Connacht found themselves in front, with Duffy crashing over in the corner. The try was signalled to be okay dispite a suspicion tha Gav had touched the sideline before crossing. Jarvis converted again in the blowing drizzle and Connacht took the lead for the first time in the match. The remainder of the game was played with Connacht in possession and searching for a final score, but it didn't happen.
John Muldoon was named man of the match, and deservedly so, for a fierce fightback and his typical bullish runs. All in all a decent win, but the display in the first half should still be questioned.
A big thanks goes out to the travelling Dragons supporters for their great attitude. We managed to find our way to Buskers in the end and hopefully they'll be back for more next season.