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Connacht gained revenge for their Celtic Cup semi-final defeat as they beat Edinburgh 32-17 at Meadowbank.

On a crisp evening perfectly suited for rugby, the Irish side bounced back from their defeat last weekend, but consigned Edinburgh to a second heavy defeat on home soil in seven days.

Connacht cruised to an eventually comprehensive 32-17 scoreline, after seizing control of the match with a seventh minute try from Darren Yapp.

Edinburgh, who were torn apart 50-10 by Cardiff Blues last week – responded to tie the match five minutes later. Hugo Southwell launched the potent move which ended in confusion. Winger Conan Sharman claimed the touchdown after scooping up his own chip-ahead.

But the referee ruled he had been obstructed in the chase and awarded a penalty try. While the decision robbed Sharman of the personal glory, it gave Ally Warnock a much easier conversion which he lobbed over without fuss.
Connacht stepped up the pace and were well worth their half-time lead.

Their second try came in the 26th minute and again Yapp was in the thick of it. He and Shane Moore combined superbly to create the space and time for Matt Mostyn to finish safely.

Elwood slotted the conversion and then thumped over a short-range penalty when the home pack handled in a ruck in their own 22.
Connacht looked hungry again after the restart and they effectively snuffed out the Edinburgh challenge by setting up another try in the 42nd minute.

Southwell’s floated pass was plucked out of the air by John O’Sullivan who released McPhillips to complete the job.

Warnock clawed back a penalty for the struggling Gunners, but any lingering prospect of a fightback disappeared as Shane Moore ploughed over to make sure of the bonus point for Connacht.

Prop Allan Jacobsen bagged a late consolation try for Edinburgh, converted by Warnock. But Elwood had the last word with another penalty.

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