It was a disappointing game and result for Connacht Rugby this afternoon as they recorded their second loss of the season, going down 33 – 13 to the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

The English Premiership club scored five tries with Will Chudley,  Henry Slade,  Damien Welch,  Dave Ewers and Ben White all crossing the Connacht line. Former Ireland underage outhalf Gareth Steenson converted four out of five scores.

Wing Fionn Carr marked his 100th Connacht appearance with a solo run from the half way line for his side’s only try of the game. Ronaldson added the second half conversion to his earlier brace of penalties.

The Chiefs now top pool 2 with today’s bonus point win and sit two points above second-placed Connacht.

Full time: Exeter 33 – 13 Connacht 

Connacht: Darragh Leader, Niyi Adeolokun, Robbie Henshaw, Danie Poolman, Fionn Carr, Craig Ronaldson, Ian Porter
Denis Buckley, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White (captain), Michael Swift, Mick Kearney, Andrew Browne, Willie Faloon, George Naoupu

Replacements: Dave Heffernan; Ronan Loughney; Rodney Ah You; Aly Muldowney; Danny Qualter; Caolin Blade; Jack Carty; Conor Finn

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (F)

Attendance: 8, 408


Gallery: 6 Nations and Celtic Challenge