Banner image

Report: Connacht Eagles 14-32 Bristol Rugby

Olly Robinson notched a hat-trick as Bristol confirmed a home quarter-final with a comfortable 32-14 defeat of Connacht Eagles.

The flanker – who scored three when the sides met in October – helped the visitors to a sixth straight B&I Cup win at the Galway Sports Ground.

Auguy Slowik also went over twice and Jack Tovey touched down as Bristol cemented their place as Pool One leaders in the final round of group fixtures.

Conor McKeon stroked Connacht in front with an early penalty goal, but the lead lasted only a minute as Bristol touched down the first try of the afternoon.

It was Olly Robinson who scored the close-range effort, continuing his prolific scoring record against the Irish outfit.

And the prolific flanker added a second shortly after, latching onto a short ball to power through several defenders and over the whitewash.

Bristol seized full control of the first period and, after Ben Mosses was held up over the line, Auguy Slowik raced over in the corner for an unconverted try, stretching the lead to 3-15.

Conor McKeon’s superb drop-goal – scooping up a bouncing ball and turning to convert - reduced arrears for the hosts before the half-time interval.

McKeon slotted a long range penalty after the break but, when Mata Fi’fita was sin-binned close to the Connacht line, Olly Robinson took full advantage, rumbling over for his third try of a bitterly cold afternoon.

Replacement prop Conor Kyne’s yellow card reduced the Eagles to thirteen men and Bristol capitalized on the numerical superiority as Auguy Slowik bundled over for his second try, stretching the lead to 9-25.

John Cooney went over for a late consolation for Connacht, but replacement centre Jack Tovey stretched the visitors’ lead to 14-32 with a powerful solo effort, converted by Callum Sheedy, to seal the win.