It’s currently halftime at the RDS and Connacht are leading Leinster 13-11 in bitter and blustery conditions at the Dublin venue.
Leinster opted to play into a strong wind for the opening 40 minutes and it certainly showed as the eastern province declined the kicking option on more than one occasion and instead ran the ball from deep within their own territory.
A number of unforced errors from both sides have led to a scrappy enough game but it was Leinster who struck the first major blow of the first half when Max Deegan went over in the corner for the game’s first try. James Lowe played a crucial role in the score and before that, he had shown some promising touches in attack as the talented Kiwi looked to impose himself on the game.
As the game approached the half-hour mark, Leo Cullen’s side were deep in the Connacht 22 when they spread the ball wide where it was picked up by Lowe. Lowe skipped through the first tackle to make a half break before spinning quickly to fire a pass to Noel Reid who found Deegan who went over for the try.
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Connacht hit back on the stroke of half-time when Finlay Bealham powered over from close range and Jack Carty added the extras to give the westerners a two-point advantage as the sides enter the second half.