European Challenge Cup: Connacht 25-10 Newcastle
|Connacht (9) 25|
|Try: Poolman Con: Carty Pens: Carty 6|
|Newcastle (3) 10|
|Try: Mayhew Con: Willis Pen: Willis|
Jack Carty hit 20 points as Connacht stayed top of Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup by beating Newcastle.
Both teams were under-strength with 18 Connacht players unavailable because of injury and Newcastle opting to start several young players in Galway.
Carty's three penalties helped Connacht lead 9-3 at the break.
A Richard Mayhew try cut Connacht's advantage to 12-10 but two more Carty penalties and a Danie Poolman try sealed the home side's victory.
Connacht: Tiernan O'Halloran (captain); Niyi Adeolokun, Rory Parata, Peter Robb, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Caolin Blade; Finlay Bealham, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White; Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney; Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, George Naoupu.
Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Conan O'Donnell, Rodney Ah You, Danny Qualter, Dave Heffernan, Ian Porter, Shane O'Leary, Danie Poolman.
Newcastle: Simon Hammersley; Dan Marshall, Tom Penny, Chris Harris, Zach Kibirige, Craig Willis, Sonatane Takulua; Alex Rogers, Scott Lawson, Taione Vea, Will Witty, Mouritz Botha, Richard Mayhew, Daniel Temm, Ally Hogg.
Replacements: Rob Hawkins, Ben Harris, Andrew Foster, Calum Green, Callum Chick, Ruaridh Dawson, Juan Pablo Socino, Marcus Watson