The Connacht Eagles, sponsored by NUI Galway, were defeated by a strong Bristol Rugby side this afternoon at Ashton Gate.

It was a high tempo game with 12 tries scored in total.

Eoghan Masterson (2), Fionn Carr and Caolin Blade all crossed for the Eagles in the B&I Cup opener while inside centre Shane O’Leary kicked 14 points (2 penalties, 4 conversions).

The Eagles are in action again next Sunday 19th October when they welcome pool 1 opponents Pontypridd RFC to the Sportsground, kick off 14:30.

Bristol Rugby: Jack Wallace; Ryan Edwards, Luke Eves, Mark Cooke, Charlie Amesbury; Adrian Jarvis, Craig Hampson; Kyle Traynor (c), Chris Brooker, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Nick Koster, Olly Robinson, Marco Mama.

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence (for Chris Brooker, 71 mins), Ellis Genge (for Kyle Traynor, 54 mins), Joe Joyce (for Marco Mama, 70 mins), Josh Ovens (for Nick Koster, 48 mins), Luke Baldwin (for Craig Hampson, 71 mins), Jack Tovey (for Adrian Jarvis, 54 mins), Darren Hudson (for Luke Eves, 48 mins).

Connacht Eagles: Dave Panther; Ciaran Gaffney, Shane O’Leary, Peter Robb, Fionn Carr; Miah Nikora, John Cooney; JP Cooney, Pat O’Toole, Jamie Dever, Andrew Browne, Danny Qualter, Stephen McVeigh, James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson (c).

Replacements: Jack Dineen (for Pat O’Toole, 70 mins), Jacob Walshe (for Jamie Dever, 77 mins), Ultan Dillane (for Stephen Mcveigh, 66 mins), Cian Romaine (for James Connolly, 32 mins), Caolin Blade (for John Cooney, 60 mins), Conor Mckeon (for Miah Nikora, 60 mins), Dwayne Corcoran (for Dave Panther, 75 mins).

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

Attendance: 7, 640

Man of the Match: Olly Robinson



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