Connacht into European Challenge Cup quarters with win in Pau-ZoomTech News

Dave Heffernan scored the primary of Connacht’s six tries
Pau: (20) 30
Tries: Zeguer (2), Fisi’ihoi Pens: Simmonds (2) Cons: Simmonds (3) Drop-goal: Simmonds
Connacht: (12) 40
Tries: Heffernan, Prendergast (2), Bolton, Blade, Aki Cons: Carty (2), Hanrahan (3)

Connacht got here again from a half-time deficit to beat Pau and advance to the European Problem Cup quarter-finals.

The province trailed by eight factors on the break however scored six tries throughout the competition to safe the win.

Irish worldwide Bundee Aki scored the profitable attempt with 1 / 4 of an hour remaining at a time when Pau’s Jale Vatubua was within the sin bin.

Connacht will now play Benetton within the final eight.

Pete Wilkins’ facet couldn’t have requested for a greater begin, scoring after solely 4 minutes.

When Pau gave away an early penalty, Connacht captain Jack Carty kicked to the nook and the pack mauled their manner ahead for hooker Dave Heffernan to attain.

Frustratingly for the guests, they might make a multitude of the restart with a knock-on when exiting finally permitting Pau to stage solely 4 minutes later by quantity eight Sacha Zegueur.

Regardless of shedding Jarrad Butler to early damage, Connacht wouldn’t have to attend lengthy to regain the benefit.

Following good work from Aki, Carty’s go to the appropriate wing gave flanker Cian Prendergast a walk-in rating.

Pau would endure an damage blow of their very own within the first half with captain Martin Puech taken off, however the Prime 14 facet would rating 10 unanswered factors earlier than the flip to take a 20-12 lead into half-time.

After Simmonds kicked a penalty, Connacht had appeared to strike again however Dan Robson hacked a free ball forward when Aki’s go to Caolin Blade did not go at hand and, after good work from Thomas Carol, Zegueur was over for his second.

Pau number eight Sacha Zegueur celebrates with Dan Robson
Pau quantity eight Sacha Zegueur scored twice within the first half

Pau appeared to have began the second half the higher of the perimeters however, in a attempt much like Zegueur’s second simply earlier than the break, Shayne Bolton kicked forward when Pau misplaced possession and gathered the free ball himself to attain.

Once more the hosts caught again virtually instantly, this time by Tongan prop Ziggy Fisi’ihoi and former Exeter Chief Joe Simmonds added a mammoth drop purpose quickly after.

The influential Heffernan created a rating for Blade to deliver Connacht again inside a rating and Pau had been lowered to 14 simply after the hour mark when Jale Vatubua was despatched to the sin bin for a excessive sort out.

It was through the yellow card interval that Aki would seize the important thing attempt, wriggling over from shut vary with the rating awarded after a prolonged TMO session.

Whereas Pau pushed to drive yet one more lead change late on, it was Connacht who would have the ultimate say with Prendergast grabbing his second because of a fantastic end with two minutes left on the clock.


Pau: Maddocks; Carol, Roudil, Vatubua, Tuimaba; Simmonds, Robson; Fisi’ihoi, Delhommel, Tokolahi; Ducat, Tagitagivalu; Puech (capt), Hamonou, Zeguer.

Replacements: Rey, Parrou, Papidze, Cummins, Metz, Hewat, Daubagna, Desperes.

Sin-bin: Vatubua (62)

Connacht: O’Halloran; Bolton, Hawkshaw, Aki, Jennings; Carty (capt), Blade; Buckley, Heffernan, Bealham; Joyce, Murray; Prendergast, Hurley-Langton, Butler.

Replacements: De Buitlear, Duggan, Illo, D Murray, Oliver, Devine, Hanrahan, Farrell.

Match officers

Referee: Andrea Piardi

TMO: Matteo Liperini

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