Four-time Heineken Champions Cup winners Leinster Rugby continued their preparations to mount a fifth title challenge with a 47-19 rout of Connacht Rugby in the United Rugby Championship.

Rhys Ruddock, Garry Ringrose, Dan Sheenan, Jordan Lamour, Caelan Doris, Ryan Baird and Max Deegan all crossed the whitewash for the Irish province – who kick off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign next Saturday by hosting Bath Rugby at the Aviva Stadium in Pool A.

Connacht, who face-off against Stade Francais Paris in their opening Pool B fixture next Sunday, responded with scores from Mack Hansen, Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver.

Meanwhile, in the Gallagher Premiership, Bristol Bears suffered defeat at the hands of Gloucester Rugby 27-10 at Kingsholm Stadium.

Henry Purdy was the only try scorer on the afternoon for the Heineken Champions Cup Pool B side. Bristol face Welsh region Scarlets in next weekend’s opening round of competition.