Connacht Eagles coach Nigel Caroland said it was a boost to finish their British and Irish Cup campaign on a high when they held off the challenge of Llanelli RFC at the Sportsground.
Both of these sides were out of contention before this clash Saturday and Carolan, whose side was hammered 59-3 in Rotherham last week, said it was good to finish on a high note.
“It was important to wrap it with a victory after last week but we have been using this competition to try out players and it has worked,” he said.
Llanelli were on top for long periods of the opening half but still trailed 3-0 at the break thanks to a penalty from Craig Ronaldson after eleven minutes.
Connacht outside centre Rory Parata gave his side a lot of go-forward ball and Ronaldson increased the lead just after the restart with a kick from 25 metres.
Llanelli made little use of some good tactical kicking from Josh Lewis but they got back into contention when he landed a penalty from the right.
Ronaldson tacked on two more penalties before Llanelli produced a storming finish when Aaron Warren scored in the left corner after the Welsh finally got in behind the home cover but while Dan Jones landed the difficult conversion, they could not conjure a winning score.
Scorers – Connacht: C Ronaldson 4 pens.
Llanelli RFC: A Warren try; Dan Lewis con; J Lewis pen
Connacht Eagles: S Layden; D Panter, R Parata, C Finn, S Macauley; C Ronaldson, F Murphy; R Loughney, D Heffernan, JP Cooney; D Qualter, A Muldowney; A Conneely, R Moloney, E Masterson.
Replacements: C Blade for F Murphy, 55, A McCloskey for Masterson, 65, F Bealham for Cooney, 70, J Murphy for Finn, 72; S Casey for Conneely, 72, T Leader for Ronaldson, 74, J Rael for Heffernan, 74.