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Published: 11:10 | 8/10/16

Connacht overcome unbeaten Ulster


Connacht steered their Pro12 campaign back on track after they overcame Ulster 30-25 at the Sportsground on Friday night.

The defending champions have now made it two wins on the bounce after a disastrous start which seen them lose their opening three games.

Despite boasting an unbeaten record coming into the tie, Ulster were undone by two tries from Cian Kelleher, handing Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam his first win over the Ulstermen since his appointment.

The host looked to have a firm grip on the game, taking a lead of 22-8 into the interval until they conceded two quick-fire tries minutes after the restart to level the tie.

Connacht showed great character despite having their 14-point advantage pulled back and wrapped up the win when Kelleher slid in for the crucial try.

Munster’s Tommy Bowe completed 80 minutes and admitted he was delighted to get more game-time under his belt.

Bowe made his first start for Munster since March after he made a substitution appearance last week and has admitted how happy he is as he marches towards full fitness.

“Delighted to be back on the pitch. You know it’s been a long getting here, but the result is disappointing. It’s a very disappointed changing room.” Bowe told RTE.

“I felt comfortable enough. Last week when I came off the bench, I was only on for 20 minutes and I was blowing wanting to come off after five!

“Today it was stop and start. At times I felt I was able to get into it and other times I felt I was just standing there doing nothing.

“But listen, it’s 80 minutes on the pitch. For me, from where I’ve been last year and the struggles I’ve been through to get myself on to this pitch, I’m just delighted to be out there.

“I felt pretty sharp when I get the ball in hand but obviously there’s a little bit of rust in there that I have to work off, so hopefully I’ll get a bit more game time and try and work that out.”

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