Con­nacht fo­cus on Bris­tol af­ter Wasps win

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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.

First try

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.

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