Latest news:

Bayonne 21 Connacht 35 - Connacht in Basque shock

By Rob Murphy @
January 17 2011

Connacht pulled off yet another Challenge Cup surprise in South West France against Basque side Aviron Bayonnais, as a sustained performance of commitment and execution derailed Bayonne hope of a place in the 1/4 finals. Rob Murphy at comments on the action....

After a sensational performance in Bayonne on Saturday night Connacht picked up their first win in ten games with fully deserved 35-21 victory.

A first half penalty try made by Brian Tuohy and a simply brilliant try midway through the second half which started with a Frank Murphy’s intercept at the base of a scrum followed by an off load in the tackle to Sean Cronin who burst clear down the wing and released Tuohy inside for the score.

That came at a tense point in the game with eight minutes remaining and Connacht holding onto a 25-21 lead. The home side had come into the game expecting a comfortable win having picked a full strenght side to get the points and maintain their push for qualification but that score underlined a hugely frustrating night for the Basque side.

Connacht clearly thrived in a contest where they had nothing to lose, out of the competition and totally written off, they went at it with all their energy in search of a morale boosting result.

They got it and then some with Fionn Carr rounding off the evening with a an intercept try for the visitors who had three tries to Bayonne’s one.

Next week’s Prato game should allow them to make it back to back wins going into the two week break before a run of crucial Magners League games begins with Glasgow, Dragons and Treviso all within reach in the table, this season might well finish on a significant high note.


15. Fionn Carr, 14. Shane Monahan, 13. Eoin Griffin, 12. Niva Ta'auso, 11. Brian Tuohy, 10. Ian Keatley, 9. Frank Murphy, 1. Brett Wilkinson, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Jamie Hagan, 4. Bernie Upton, 5. Mike McCarthy, 6. Andrew Browne, 7. Jonny O'Connor, 8. Mike McComish,.

16. Adrian Flavin, 17. Rodney Ah You, 18. Ronan Loughney, 19. Shane Connelly, 20. Michael Swift, 21. Cillian Willis, 22. Keith Matthews, 23. Miah Nikora


15. Pepito Elhorga, 14. Garth Ziegler, 13. Thibault Lacroix, 12. Sebastien Fauque, 11. Johnan Pietersen, 10. Benjamin Boyet, 9. Julien Audy, 1. Tonga Lea'aetoa, 2. Arnaud Heguy, 3. Denis Avril, 4. Robin Linde, 5. Cameron Treloar, 6. Guillaume Bernad, 7. Dwayne Haare, 8. Marc Baget.

16. Francois Da Ros, 17. Pierre Philippe Lafond, 18. Walter Desmaison, 19. Ross Filipo, 20. Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 21. Francois Carillo, 22. Cedric Garcia, 23. Sam Gerber

View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

Bayonne 21 Connacht 35 - Connacht in Basque shock
Discussion started by Connacht Rugby Supporters (IP Logged), 17/01/2011 13:00
Connacht Rugby Supporters
Connacht Rugby Supporters
17/01/2011 13:00
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

17/01/2011 17:33
At stage of the game did Sean Cronin go in the back row?.Can't help wonder is this the best for the team where is the cover for the back row.

18/01/2011 11:26
Cover is to found on the physio table unfortunately. I believe Sean went to six for the last ten minutes or so but it was down to which front eight was still able to play out of the listed 13 players (and which front row could best front-up as a flanker I guess)

18/01/2011 14:59
Tuohy try available on AMlin website, link below:

Amlin highlights

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing