Connacht head coach Eric Elwood happy to end Heineken Cup season on a high

Last Updated: 18/01/13 11:48pm

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Eric Elwood: Winning finish to Heineken Cup season

Eric Elwood: Winning finish to Heineken Cup season

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Connacht head coach Eric Elwood was happy to end their Heineken Cup campaign on a high with a 25-20 win over Zebre.

Connacht looked on course for a comfortable win when they opened up a 19-6 lead, only for the battling Italians to reel off 14 points without reply.

But Dan Parks sealed a morale-boosting win with a penalty and a late drop goal to finish with a match haul of 20 points.

Elwood said: "We got the victory which was important, but when we got the big lead we took the foot off the pedal and by doing so we gave them the opportunity to get back into the game and we let them run at us.

"However, the pleasing thing was that when they took the lead, we showed a lot of character in coming back to win the game.

"It's nice to say we won the game, winning ugly, but we finished the campaign on a high, and I will take that.

On Parks' performance, Elwood added: "In the first half Dan controlled the game, and in the second he made some uncharacteristic errors, but on nights like tonight it's important to have someone who can guide you around the park.

"More importantly, when he can hit those drop goals and long range penalties - that's what he is here for, and that's what he did tonight to close out a tight game."

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