Connacht boss Eric Elwood was delighted with his side’s ability to win ugly after they negotiated the tricky conditions to see off the challenge of Treviso.
Despite swirling wind and heavy rain at the Sportsground the Irish province still managed to cross for two tries in an 18-3 win – Danie Poolman scoring on his first start for the region while Gavin Duffy also crossed.
The conditions brought back memories of last season’s corresponding clash which saw Treviso triumph 15-13 and Elwood was pleased his side had turned the tables.
Victory sends Connacht into the next round of Heineken Cup games with their confidence boosted and Elwood said: “I’m delighted with the win and if someone had told me, with the conditions being as bad as they were, we'd win two tries to nil, 18-3, I’d have bitten their hand off.
“The conditions were appalling last year as well when we played them and we came out the wrong end of it.
"We had a big focus this week on winning this must-win game. We defended very well in the end to deprive them of a try, so two tries to nil, 18-3, I am chuffed.
“It sets us up nicely now, it was just so important to get this win.”