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RaboDirect Pro 12: Connacht win away in Cardiff for first time in tournament history

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Rhys Patchell kicks a penalty for Cardiff

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Willie Faloon: Two tries for Connacht

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Two tries from flanker Willie Faloon helped Connacht claim a first-ever RaboDirect Pro 12 win away at the Cardiff Blues as they secured a 26-22 success.

The only previous occasion Connacht had won in the Welsh capital was in the pre-regional era, when current coach Eric Elwood kicked them to a 6-3 success over the Cardiff club side in 2001.

Despite Scotland international fly-half Dan Parks being ruled out just before kick-off, the Irish side started brilliantly and ran in two tries in the first five minutes.

Fast handling among the three-quarters saw captain Gavin Duffy join the line to send South African Danie Poolman speeding in at the flag, and before the Blues could gather themselves, wing Fetu'u Vainikolo put Faloon through some weak tackling to grab another.

As the home team began to get a foothold in the Connacht half, Rhys Patchell landed a long-range penalty and the fly-half was heavily involved, along with No 8 Robin Copeland, in a move which saw wing Harry Robinson dive in at the left-hand corner after 20 minutes. Patchell was off-target with the conversion.

Miah Nikora responded with a penalty when the Blues backs strayed offside but, despite some welcome adventure by both sides, there was no further score before the interval.

The Blues piled on the early pressure in the second period, but had to settle for a penalty by Patchell after Connacht hooker Jason Harris-Wright, in an offside position, impeded scrum-half Lewis Jones. The punishment was doubled when referee Dudley Phillips showed the guilty man a yellow card.

Patchell slotted over another penalty, but it was soon cancelled out by a similar effort from Nikora and when an aggressive Blues scrum allowed Patchell a further opportunity at goal the teenager pulled it wide.

The Arms Park crowd's disappointment was short-lived, however, as slight-of-hand by debutant replacement Liam Davies allowed Copeland to gallop over just before the hour mark, putting the Blues ahead for the first time.

However their lead was not to last, with Faloon darting over from a scrum for his second try four minutes later.

Patchell's fourth penalty cut the gap to a single point, but Connacht, sensing an upset, forced the Welsh region back into their own 22 and Nikora was able to add another three points following a Blues infringement to seal the win.

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