Carty carves open Cardiff’s defence as Connacht qualify for European Champions Cup

Connacht out-half Jack Carty scores a terrific second-half try despite the best efforts of Cardiff Blues' Matthew Morgan during Saturday's PRO14 clash at the Sportsground.
Connacht out-half Jack Carty scores a terrific second-half try despite the best efforts of Cardiff Blues' Matthew Morgan during Saturday's PRO14 clash at the Sportsground.

CONNACHT have become the buzz team of West of Ireland sport again.
They killed two birds with the one stone at a heaving Sportsground last Saturday to leave the team’s growing army of supporters breathless but proud.
Connacht’s hard-earned PRO14 victory over Cardiff Blues not alone secured a place in the competition’s quarter-finals but, more importantly, regained their passport for another crack at the top flight of club rugby – the European Champions Cup – next season.
The Westerners’ 29-22 triumph over their Welsh visitors was a momentous one. It had to be as Cardiff fought to the bitter end on a bitingly cold and windy afternoon on College Road.
Not everything came off for Connacht and they got a couple of breaks along the way, but oh, what heart and bravery was on display in the green jersey.
Andy Friend has also restored the energy and confidence which characterised Connacht’s mould-breaking PRO12 campaign of three seasons ago.
And in Jack Carty, they have an out-half currently playing like a man possessed – his brilliant second-half try up there with the very best that the historical Galway venue has ever seen.