Connacht Secure Challenge Cup Quarter-Final Spot

Connacht have qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup after a 33-27 win over Bordeaux Beagles

Kiltoom man Jack Carty scored a late match winning to secure the six point victory, Andy Friend’s side had trailed 27-19 in the second-half.

The Westerners required a win to make the knockout stages but they were forced to go the well as their opponents, already out of the running, went all out in a frantic finale.


Matt Healy crashed over in the 10th minute and, Lucas Meret split the posts with a penalty for Bordeaux, before the province got over again.

Quonn Roux with the try as David Horwitz adding the two points, with 18 minutes gone, Connacht lead 12-3 to Connacht, but the hosts would not lie down.

Afa Amosa’s try plus a conversion and penalty from Meret left a point in it before Tiernan O’Halloran swung it the Irishmen’s way again six minutes before the break.

A ding-dong contest did not relent however and Jefferson Poirot then got over for Bordeaux to leave it 20-19 to Connacht at the break.

Baptiste Serin’s 48th-minute try spelt bad news for Andy Friend’s men, but they picked themselves up off the canvas to turn it around.

Healy grabbed his second try ten minutes from the end before Jack Carty made an excellent break to wrap it up.