Video: Connacht Scalp Leinster At The Sportsground
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Kieran Marmion’s early contender for try of the season saw the ConnachtLADS take the spoils and make a bit of history in the process – this is the first time ever that they have begun a league campaign with three successive wins.
Madigan fired the visitors into a third minute lead, rewarding his pack for an encouraging first scrum.
Leinster were keen to take advantage of the wind at their backs and Madigan landed the second of two penalty attempts outside the 10-metre line.
An over eager Muldoon then infringed at a ruck for his side’s fifth penalty concession of the opening quarter hour, and Madigan split the posts for a 9-0 scoreline.
A well-struck Carty penalty then opened Connacht’s account in the 21st minute.
The loss of Muldoon, who was carded for side-entry at a ruck, allowed Leinster advance into try-scoring range and only a forward pass from Eoin Reddan prevented the in-form Madigan from running in the game’s first try.
The second half remained scoreless until Marmion’s magical score as he broke past Madigan from a ruck and stepped inside Rob Kearney to touch down to the left of the posts.
Carty converted to edge Connacht in front for the first time and Leinster struggled to respond.