Mack Hansen scored two tries as Connacht Rugby eased to a 36-11 win over Ulster Rugby in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday.
Australian winger Hansen joined Connacht this summer and could make his Heineken Champions Cup debut when the Irish province get their European campaign under way against Stade Français Paris on December 12.
Hansen crossed for Connacht’s second try on 24 minutes after Niall Murray had notched the hosts’ opening score.
John Porch and Diarmuid Kilgallen went over midway through the second half before Bradley Roberts grabbed a consolation try for Ulster. But Hansen rounded off a dominant Connacht display as he dotted down on 79 minutes, with Jack Carty converting for the last of his 11 points.
Elsewhere in the United Rugby Championship, Cardiff Rugby survived a second-half Dragons fightback to claim a 31-29 derby win at Cardiff Arms Park.
Lloyd Williams and Hallam Amos crossed in the first half before a penalty try on 50 minutes looked to have put Cardiff out of sight, but two Dragons scores reduced the hosts’ winning margin.
Meanwhile, Stephen Myler kicked all of Ospreys’ points as they triumphed 18-10 over Munster Rugby at the Liberty Stadium. Craig Casey went over for the visiting two-time European champions’ only try.
🔵⚫️ @Cardiff_Rugby take the points in the Welsh derby despite going down to 14 men early on in the second half 😮
Hallam Amos' try helped guide them to victory 😍 https://t.co/AgoktPJf55
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) October 23, 2021
In the Gallagher Premiership, league leaders Leicester Tigers continued their winning start to the season with a 19-11 victory over fellow Heineken Champions Cup side Sale Sharks.
Hanro Liebenberg scored for Tigers and George Ford kicked 14 points, while Curtis Langdon dotted down for a late Sale try.
Second place Harlequins also overcame a fellow Heineken Champions Cup team, beating Bath Rugby 31-17 at Twickenham Stoop.
Andre Esterhuizen and Joe Marchant both grabbed braces for Quins either side of a Marcus Smith score, while Bath’s tries came through Sam Underhill and Will Stuart.
Exeter Chiefs lost ground on the leaders as they suffered a 33-21 defeat at home to EPCR Challenge Cup side London Irish. Will Witty, Stuart Hogg and Jack Nowell were on the scoresheet for the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup winners.
In the TOP 14, Montpellier Hérault Rugby recorded a 32-21 win over three-time Heineken Champions Cup finalists Racing 92.
Paolo Garbisi tallied 22 points for the visitors and Cobus Reinach notched a brace, while Racing crossed the whitewash through Max Spring and Juan Imhoff, in addition to a second-half penalty try.
Last season’s Heineken Champions Cup winners Stade Toulousain crushed Castres Olympique 41-0, with Maxime Medard, Thomas Ramos and Romain Ntamack all going over before a quickfire Juan Cruz Mallia brace.
Ramos was on target with every conversion and slotted two penalties to take his match haul to 21 points.
An Alivereti Raka double and tries from Arthur Iturria, Lucas Dessaigne and Damian Penaud saw ASM Clermont beat Section Paloise 42-20, with Morgan Parra racking up 17 points from the tee.
Union Bordeaux-Bègles breezed to a 39-13 victory over USAP – Yann Lesgourgues crossed twice to add to scores from Cyril Cazeaux, Nathanael Hulleu and Matthieu Jalibert before a late penalty try.
First-half tries from Kylan Hamdaoui and Arthur Coville and 13 points from the boot of Joris Segonds helped Stade Français edge past Lyon in a 23-18 success.