Connacht focus on Bristol after Wasps win
Connacht 43 Wasps 10
Connacht Rugby will seek a third win on the trot this week to complete a positive pre season, but can expect to find former coach Pat Lam and his newly promoted Bristol a tougher proposition than Wasps.
After a win in Brive, Connacht saw off Dai Young’s Coventry outfit too easily in Athlone on Saturday, leading 14-3 at half time and racking up seven tries by the end. And after an energetic and positive performance, new coach Andy Friend says another win will stand to Connacht as they prepare to open their new Pro 14 season at home to Glasgow in two weeks.
New Brumbies’ recruit Kyle Godwin was one to stand out in Dubarry Park, alongside try scorer and creator Tom Farrell. Outhalf Jack Carty looked assured on a return to his home ground, with Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun revelled in space on the wings.
Farrell struck for the first try after 11 minutes, created by a left wing Matt Healy, who bagged the second on 36 minutes for a 14-3 half time lead, with Wasps’ three-pointer coming from outhalf Billy Searle.
The second half, marked by full complements of players being introduced, began with a third try from fullback Cian Kelleher after a quick tap penalty by scrumhalf Caolan Blade. Niyi Adeolokun was helped on his way for the fourth by a slick pass from replacement Craig Ronaldson, while another sub Rory Scholes added the fifth. The pack created the sixth for replacement scrumhalf James Mitchell before Conor Carey completed the rout on 80 minutes.