Connacht coach Pat Lam defended his side’s decision to run two last gasp penalties from 45 metres even though there were just three points between the sides at the Sportsground on Saturday evening.
The league’s all-time top scorer Dan Parks had come on as a second-half replacement at that stage but Connacht opted to try and win the match rather than go for the posts and attempted to settle for a draw.
In the end, they failed to save the match and fell to a seventh successive league defeat — four of them at home — and remain rooted to the foot of the table.
“I thought it was a long way out,” said Lam. “But I think the decision to try and go for the win was fine, I probably would have done the same thing if I was out there as captain. I fully back that. There was a lot of pride to try and get it and they almost got there, but unfortunately we didn’t make it in the end.
“Credit to the boys, they fought hard to get back in the game at 24-9, it wasn’t looking good, but we turned it around and it was just frustrating we just came up short,” added Lam.
Connacht will hope to pick up a first league win since the opening day of the season when they travel to Murrayfield to face Edinburgh on Friday at 7.45pm.