WATCH: The frenzied reaction to a special, special night at the Sportsground 5 years ago

WATCH: The frenzied reaction to a special, special night at the Sportsground

"We refused to die!"

Bundee Aki summed up Connacht's last-gasp victory over Wasps perfectly with four short words after a match that will go down in the annals among the province's most famous wins.


Shortly after the profound and succinct explanation for how Connacht came back from the absolute brink to record a 20-18 win, Aki let the excitement get the better of him as he dropped an F-bomb during his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

"Wasps, credit to them. They're fucking great," Aki said before apologising. "Excuse my language. Sorry mum!"


But he was more than entitled to let his emotions run wild as he had just played a starring role in something truly special at the Sportsground.

Just moments earlier, Naulia Dawai wrote himself into the history books as he touched down on his debut with the clock in the red and tied the European Champions Cup clash up at 18-18.

Then Jack Carty stepped forward.

From an awkward angle and with all the pressure of over 8,000 fans staring hopefully in his direction, the out-half made no mistake as he composedly slotted over the extras and sent the stadium into rapturous celebrations.


Supporters stormed the pitch.


And those that didn't were just as noisy.

And those watching, be it in the ground or from home, couldn't quite believe what they had seen as Connacht proved yet again that the mindset of refusing to be beaten can often be enough to get you over the line.


That... And balls of steel.