Chiefs too strong for Connacht

first_img After a 30-24 defeat at Bayonne last week, Rob Baxter’s side bounced back in style as tries from Will Chudley, Henry Slade, Damian Welch, D avid Ewers and Ben White secured victory, while Gareth Steenson added four conversions. The Aviva Premiership side now top Pool Two, which is finely poised with all four teams having won one and lost one, by a point. Exeter have a slight advantage over their opponents due to the two contrasting bonus points they have accrued from the opening games. They next face a trip to French side La Rochelle, who beat Bayonne 25-13 on Friday, when the competition resumes on December 4. Greig Laidlaw kicked 20 points as Gloucester marched on in Pool Five with a 25-15 win at Oyonnax. The Scottish scrum-half booted six penalties and converted Matt Kvesic’s second-half try as the Cherry and Whites followed their opening 55-0 triumph over Brive with another win to comfortably remain top of their section. Zebre are next up for Gloucester at Kingsholm and the Aviva Premiership side will already be hot favourites to ease through. In Pool Three, Stade Francais edged Bucharest Wolves 13-9 to get their first win in the competition, thanks to Digby Ioane grabbing the only try of the match and South African Morne Steyn adding eight points with his boot. Cardiff Blues maintained their 100 per cent start in Pool One with an impressive 33-18 win over Italian side Rovigo. The Blues pack was key as Kristian Dacey, Josh Turnbull, Gethin Jenkins, Manoa Vosawai and Macauley Cook all powered over to clinch Cardiff’s second try bonus point. Exeter Chiefs ran in five tries during an impressive 33-13 home victory over Connacht to put their European Challenge Cup campaign back on course.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more