European Challenge Cup: Oyonnax 15-43 Connacht

Connacht back-row Eoin McKeon stretches out to score a try against Oyonnax in Switzeland
Connacht back-row Eoin McKeon stretches out to score a try against Oyonnax in Switzerland
European Challenge Cup Pool 5
Oyonnax: (15) 15
Tries: Tian, Muller Cons: Audy Pens: Ruiz.
Connacht: (22) 43
Tries: Healy 2, Kelleher, McKeon, Leader Cons: Deegan 3 Pens: Deegan 4

Connacht made a winning start to their European Challenge Cup bid with an impressive bonus-point victory over Oyonnax in Switzerland.

Matt Healy, Cian Kelleher and Eoin McKeon went over for Connacht before the hosts hit back with tries from Silvere Tian and Axel Muller.

The Irish side led 22-15 at the break and surged clear in the second half.

Healy added his second try to secure the bonus point before Darragh Leader touched down.

Andrew Deegan kicked 18 points for the visitors against their French Top 14 opposition in Geneva.

In the other Pool 5 game Worcester Warriors secured a 30-20 home bonus-point victory over Brive.

Connacht are the early pacesetters courtesy of a superior scoring difference over the English team.

Oyonnax: Tian, Giresse, Seuteni, Hansell-Pune, Muller, Ruiz, Audy, Vepkhvadze, Geledan, Mirtskhulava, Fabbri, Njewel, Taieb, Ursache, Faasavalu.

Replacements: Scalese for Tian (58), Romera for Hansell-Pune (70), Debaty for Vepkhvadze (47), Bourgois for Geledan (52), Kerry for Njewel (52), Gauthier for Ursache (62). Not Used: Laclayat, Fuertes.

Connacht: Leader, Kelleher, Griffin, Farrell, Healy, Deegan, Blade, Coulson, McCartney, Bealham, Dillane, Cannon, Masteron, McKeon, Muldoon.

Replacements: Scholes for Kelleher (69), McCabe for Coulson (76), Delahunt for McCartney (65), Carey for Bealham (76), Roux for Dillane (65), Connolly for Muldoon (70). Not Used: Marmion, Ronaldson.

Ref: Tom Foley (RFU).

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