European Challenge Cup: Connacht 25-10 Newcastle

Connacht's George Naoupu is tackled by Newcastle's Tom Penny in Galway
Connacht led 9-3 at half-time in Galway
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