Four penalties from the boot of Neil Jenkins gave Pontypridd a 12-9 victory over Connacht in the second leg Parker Pen Challenge Cup game played at Sardis Road.
Four penalties from the boot of Neil Jenkins gave Pontypridd a 12-9 victory over Connacht in the second leg Parker Pen Challenge Cup game played at Sardis Road. Connacht came into the game trailing by five points and in atrocious conditions never really managed to impose themselves against a strong home outfit. They trailed 9-3 at the break, Eric Elwood, kicking their penalty, and they went further behind to a Jenkins penalty in the 50th minute.
Elwood replied with his second penalty moments later and a third from the veteran out-half on the hour kept the home side under pressure, but they had enough in the tank to cope with the late Connacht surge.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.