Exeter book quarter-final berth

Date published: January 18 2015

Exeter Chiefs secured a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday as the beat Connacht 33-24 in Galway.

The result sees the Chiefs move five points clear of Connacht at the top of Pool Two and Rob Baxter’s men will be favourites to secure a home play-off in next week’s clash with Bayonne at Sandy Park.

Connacht let 17-10 at the interval, but a big second half from the visitors saw them score 23 unanswered points to take a healthy lead into the final ten minutes, meaning Connacht wing Matt Healy’s second try of the afternoon was too little, too late.

The scorers:

For Connacht:
Tries: Healy 2, Faloon, Poolman
Cons: Carty 2

For Exeter:
Tries: Penalty try, Mumm, Armand
Cons: Slade 3
Pens: Slade 4

Connacht: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Craig Ronaldson, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 George Naoupu, 7 Willie Faloon, 6 John Muldoon (c), 5 Ally Muldowney, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley,
Replacements: 16 David Heffernan, 17 JP Cooney, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Andrew Browne, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Darragh Leader

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Ian Whitten, 13 Jack Nowell, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Tom Waldrom, 7 Don Armand, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dean Mumm (c), 3 Alex Brown, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Greg Bateman, 17 Brett Sturgess, 18 Carl Rimmer, 19 Kai Horstmann, 20 James Scaysbrook, 21 Haydn Thomas, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Byron McGuigan

Venue: The Sportsground
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Laurent Cardona (France), C