European Challenge Cup: Connacht too good for La Rochelle
|Connacht (29) 48|
|Tries: Carty, Marmion, Henshaw 2, Loughney, Poolman, Healy Cons: Ronaldson 4, Porter Pen: Ronaldson|
|La Rochelle (0) 12|
|Tries: Cler, Bouldoire Cons: Lebai|
Connacht chalked up a comfortable 48-12 victory over French club La Rochelle in their opening Pool Two match in the European Challenge Cup.
The winning bonus point was in the bag by half-time as tries by Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Robbie Henshaw, Ronan Loughney saw Connacht go 29-0 up.
La Rochelle, fielding a virtual reserve side, scored a try after the break through left winger Damien Cler.
Connacht added tries through Henshaw, Danie Poolman and Matt Healy.
The visitors completed the scoring with a try from replacement centre Charles Bouldoire.
Connacht: D Leader, Poolman, Henshaw, Ronaldson, Healy, Carty, Marmion, Loughney, Harris-Wright, White, Roux, Muldowney, Muldoon, Faloon, E McKeon.
Replacements: Adeolokun for D Leader (65), McSharry for Ronaldson (51), Porter for Marmion (41), Ah You for Harris-Wright (62), Heffernan for White (62), Naoupu for Muldoon (56), Buckley for E McKeon (63).
Not used: Browne.
La Rochelle: Cestaro, Luteau, Murimurivalu, Vulivuli, Cler, Gard, Le Bail, Corbel, Geledan, Pelo, Graham, Grobler, Djebaili, Guyot, Goujon.
Replacements: Lagarde for Cler (57), Seneca for Corbel (70), van Vuuren for Geledan (41), Berger for Pelo (51), Kieft for Graham (57), Cedaro for Djebaili (57), Bouldoire for Guyot (41).
Not used: Bourrust.
Sin bin: Pelo (32).
Ref: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland).