Connacht Rugby wing Mack Hansen is set to come into the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 on top form after crossing for Ireland in their 22-7 win over Scotland in the Six Nations at BT Murrayfield on Sunday.
Australian-born Hansen is yet to dot down in EPCR competitions but has been a key figure for Ireland in the Six Nations, scoring three tries in their four straight wins so far.
The 24-year-old will aim to carry that momentum into the EPCR Challenge Cup knockout stage as Connacht visit Benetton Rugby on April 1.
Mack Hansen was on 𝓕𝓘𝓡𝓔 last weekend for @IrishRugby, more Ma-ction* tomorrow? 👀
*We’re not proud of that ‘pun’, so here’s a #ChallengeCupRugby moment to make up for it 😂 pic.twitter.com/bGzmzbFssz
— EPCR Challenge Cup (@ChallengeCup_) March 11, 2023
Two other EPCR Challenge Cup stars were prominent in Sunday’s Six Nations clash, which saw Ireland move to with one win of the Grand Slam.
Glasgow Warriors centre Huw Jones, who scored two tries in three games in the EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage, went over for Scotland – his fourth score in this year’s Six Nations – as they made life difficult for the world’s number one ranked side.
Fly-half Finn Russell, who is a huge name dropping into the EPCR Challenge Cup after Racing 92’s elimination from the Heineken Champions Cup, added the extras to leave Scotland one point adrift at the break, though they were ultimately overpowered in the second half.