Match Report – Connacht 36 – 9 Stade Francais

Connacht scored a dominant win with bonus points over the Stade Francais at Galway Sportsground; The Sale Sharks started their Champions Cup campaign with an away win at the Ospreys; Last season’s European Cup finalists, La Rochelle, begin with a narrow home win against the Glasgow Warriors.

Last updated: 21/12/21 18:48


John Porch was on the scoresheet when Connacht started their European Cup game in style

Recap the rest of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup action with Connacht, Sale Sharks and La Rochelle winning against Stade Francais, Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors …

Connacht 36-9 Stade Francais

Connacht opened his Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a well deserved 36-9 bonus point victory over the Stade Francais at the Sportsground.

The Westerners, who were leading 19-6 at half-time, scored six tries thanks to Caolin Blade, John Porch, Alex Wootton, Eoghan Masterson, Diarmuid Kilgallen and Cian Prendergast, with captain Jack Carty adding three conversions.

Diarmuid Kilgallen was one of Connacht's six goal scorers when they comfortably beat Stade Francais in Galway

Diarmuid Kilgallen was one of Connacht’s six goal scorers when they comfortably beat Stade Francais in Galway

The Stade only had three Nicolas Sanchez penalties to show for their efforts. All Blacks center Ngani Laumape was a late retreat, with Waisea Nayacalevu, Clement Castets, Yoann Maestri and Sekou Macalou also absent.

Connacht started off as an attacker and their approach was rewarded with flying colors after a first try they’ve never looked back from.

Playing their first European Cup game since 2016, the Stade got back in the game and opened their account when Sanchez scored two penalties, but other than that they offered little.

Ospreys 13-21 Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks withstood a fierce comeback from the Ospreys to launch their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a 21-13 win in Swansea.

Alex Sanderson’s side took the lead 21-3 midway through the first half after goals from center Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, hooker Ewan Ashman and lockout Jean-Luc Du Preez, with AJ MacGinty converting all three. the scores.

AJ Macginty and Sale Sharks started their 2021/22 European Cup with an away win at Ospreys

AJ Macginty and Sale Sharks started their 2021/22 European Cup with an away win at Ospreys

The Ospreys managed a Gareth Anscombe penalty in return, and looked down and out before dominating the second period, aided by Sale block Lood De Jager and flanker Ben Curry who was sentenced to sin.

De Jager received the yellow card just before half-time and Sale played the second half behind for 17 minutes.

Winger Luke Morgan scored a try for the home team, with substitute Josh Thomas adding a penalty and conversion, and Sanderson will know he was much closer in the end than he should have been.

In the end, though, it was a major away win that set Sale up for a full-scale overturn against French heavyweight Clermont Auvergne at AJ Bell Stadium next weekend.

La Rochelle 20-13 Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow suffered a 20-13 defeat at the Heineken Champions Cup away to last season’s La Rochelle finalists after the hosts sacked 10 winning points when Rory Drage was in the trash can for collapsing a maul.

Gregory Alldritt's La Rochelle kept the Glasgow Warriors at bay to win at home

Gregory Alldritt’s La Rochelle kept the Glasgow Warriors at bay to win at home

After conducting the match twice at the Stade Marcel Deflandre, there was no turning back for the Warriors, who at least walked away with a losing bonus point.

Glasgow has picked up points with a Kyle Steyn try and eight points since Ross Thompson’s start, but now they will likely have to beat Exeter at home next weekend for a real chance to progress.

La Rochelle scored two tries thanks to backing Reda Wardi and substitute Eneriko Buliruarua, while Ihaia West took two penalties and two conversions for the hosts.

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