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...Connacht out-half Mark McHugh, who kicked 11 points against the Dragons, is tackled by the Welsh side's Ceri Sweeney at the Sportsground...

Connacht coach Michael Bradley took heart from his side's defensive performance, especially during the second half of their 16-9 victory over the Dragons on Friday.

The westerners came into their sixth successive home game having conceded seven tries to Leinster and Ulster in their last two outings.

But in chalking up their third win of the Magners League campaign, Connacht kept their line intact for the full 80 minutes, limiting the Dragons to just three penalties from out-half Ceri Sweeney.

Bradley said: "Our defence and discipline were superb, especially in the second half when they came at us with the wind behind them.

"Two of their three penalties were from distance and we never looked like conceding a try. This was a big win for us and sets us up well to take on NEC Harlequins at home next Friday night."

Connacht's focus will now switch to the European Challenge Cup, a tournament in which the province have made the quarter-finals in each of the past four seasons.

It will be tough going this year however as they have English pair Bath and Harlequins and French side Montpellier, whom they beat twice in 2005/06, to contend with in Pool 4.

As Bradley has already stated, Connacht's main aim for this season is qualification for the 2007/08 Heineken Cup and the play-off route, via the Magners League, seems the most likely way for them to gain access to Europe's premier tournament.

Reflecting on his side's progress in the league so far - they currently sit in sixth position - Bradley added: "At this point in the campaign, we needed to get a win and we now have a good return from our seven matches to date, which is what we've worked hard for.

"We probably could have got more if we had held our composure, but I think the manner of this win was important.

"The fight for the Heineken Cup play-off spot is usually between ourselves, the Borders or Glasgow and the Dragons.

"We've beaten two of those sides - the Borders and the Dragons - and that's important for our key objectives this season."

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