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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Connacht back on track

Danie Poolman, Connacht, scores a try despite the tackle by Ludovico Nitoglia, Benetton Treviso
Danie Poolman, Connacht, scores a try despite the tackle by Ludovico Nitoglia, Benetton Treviso

Connacht gave their bid to finish in the top half of the Guinness PRO12 a big lift with a 53-5 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso.

The home side were full of early running against a stiff Sportsground wind, a fifth-minute effort from the returning Tiernan O'Halloran helping them on their way to a 13-5 half-time lead.

Pat Lam's men had the bonus point in the bag by the 54th minute thanks to successive scores from Jake Heenan, Matt Healy and Denis Buckley.

Man-of-the-match Craig Ronaldson hit 18 points from nine attempts, with Aly Muldowney, Healy and Danie Poolman completing the seven-try rout.

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