Paul Williams is the referee for this encounter.
Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 André Warner, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Emile van Heerden, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Darrian Landsberg, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 PJ Botha, 1 JP Smith. Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Manuel Rass, 23 Andries Coetzee
Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Diarmuid Kilgallen, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Cathal Forde, 11 John Porch, 10 Jack Carty (c), 9 Caolin Blade, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Darragh Murray, 3 Jack Aungier, 2 Shane Delahunt, 1 Peter Dooley. Replacements: 16 Dylan Tierney-Martin, 17 Jordan Duggan, 18 Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 19 Leva Fifita, 20 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Tom Daly, 23 Oran McNulty
Hello and welcome to our coverage of this United Rugby Championship clash between Connacht and the Lions at The Sportsground.
Off we go for the start of this match!
TRY, CONNACHT, KILGALLEN! 5-0: Wonderful quick ball from Connacht and Kilgallen cuts through a gap in the defence to score the first try!
Carty misses the conversion, so the score stays 5-0.
PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 5-3: The Lions get a penalty immediately and Hendrikse pulls three points back.
PENALTY, CONNACHT, CARTY! 8-3: Penalty to Connacht and Carty doesn't miss this time.
TRY, LIONS, NTLABAKANYE! 8-8: Following a penalty for offside, the Lions kick for the corner and work the ball quickly following the lineout, with Ntlabakanye going over under the posts!
CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 8-10: Hendrikse pops the conversion over to give the Lions the lead.
TRY, CONNACHT, DELAHUNT! 13-10: Connacht drive their way towards the line but can't go all the way immediately. Great work from Delahunt at the breakdown to seize the opportunity and go over!
CONVERSION, CONNACHT, CARTY! 15-10: Carty pops the conversion over with a good strike.
Scrum penalty for Connacht and they set up the lineout, moving the ball nicely close to the Lions 22.
Connacht keep piling on the pressure but can't find a way through and Carty eventually allows the ball to go into touch.
TRY, CONNACHT, BLADE! 20-10: Nice work in the air by Connacht and they put the pressure on again with Blade finishing the job this time!
CONVERSION, CONNACHT, CARTY! 22-10: Carty becomes Connacht's all-time leading points scorer with that!
TRY, LIONS, VAN WYK! 22-15: YELLOW CARD, CONNACHT, DELAHUNT! The Lions get the penalty advantage and then van Wyk goes over for the try! To make matters worse for Connacht, Delahunt is yellow carded for lying on top of the ruck.
CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 22-17: Hendrikse reduces the lead back to five points.
TRY, CONNACHT, O'HALLORAN! 27-17: Connacht move the ball wide to O'Halloran through a great pass from Carty and he goes over for the try!
CONVERSION, CONNACHT, CARTY! 29-17: Carty slots the conversion over and the gap is right back up to 12.
Off we go for the start of the second half.
HALF-TIME: CONNACHT 29-17 LIONS. Connacht head into the break with a comfortable 12-point lead after an exciting first half.
TRY, CONNACHT, BLADE! 34-17: Connacht profit from a charged-down kick and it's Blade who gets their fifth try!
CONVERSION, CONNACHT, CARTY! 36-17: No mistake from Carty as he adds the extras.
It's a long way back for the Lions and Connacht are keeping up the pressure, looking for yet another try. Good work from the Lions to win the ball in their own 22, but then Pienaar throws a pass into touch.
Connacht are completely controlling possession of the ball even if they haven't been quite as clinical in the second half as they were in the first.
TRY, CONNACHT, BLADE! 41-17: Connacht were building up for some time and Blade positions himself well to go over and complete the hat-trick!
CONVERSION, CONNACHT, CARTY! 43-17: Carty continues his fine display from the tee.
TRY, LIONS, LOUW! 43-22: A quick lineout throw puts the Lions on the attack and they keep going. Louw goes for a quick tap from a penalty and catches the defence a little unaware as he goes over!
CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 43-24: Hendrikse converts the Lions' third try.
Connacht are still dominating the game and are pretty much home and dry at this point. The Lions will really want a fourth try.
Oliver is penalised for a neck roll and the Lions have time to create a final opportunity if they can get the ball into touch.
FULL-TIME: CONNACHT 43-24 LIONS. Connacht hold on for a comfortable win, claiming the full complement of points with Carty becoming their all-time record scorer and Blade clinching a hat-trick.
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14' Delahunt Shane
25' Blade Caolin
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31' Van Wyk Henco
64' Louw Marius
15' Carty Jack
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11' Hendrikse Jordan
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65' Hendrikse Jordan
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van Heerden Emile
Van Der Merwe Edwill
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van Vuuren Michael
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