EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP: Robbie Henshaw boosts Connacht and Ireland

Connacht's Tiernan O'Halloran scores a try against Enisei-STM
Connacht's Tiernan O'Halloran scores a try against Enisei-STM

Robbie Henshaw handed Ireland an RBS 6 Nations fitness boost as Connacht thrashed Enisei-STM 47-5 to book a European Challenge Cup quarter-final at Grenoble.

Fit-again centre Henshaw claimed one of Connacht’s eight tries as Pat Lam’s side made the last-eight courtesy of their bonus-point victory - but also Newcastle Falcons’ 27-23 win over Brive.

Battering-ram midfielder Henshaw had not featured since suffering a broken hand in November, but his timely return will boost Ireland boss Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations resources.

Matt Healy crossed twice, with Henshaw, Tiernan O’Halloran, Denis Buckley, Danie Poolman, Tom McCartney and Caolin Blade also on the scoresheet.

Vitalii Orlov claimed the Siberian visitors’ solitary score, with Jurijs Baranovs’ 14th-minute yellow card sparking Connacht’s victory march.


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