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Connacht Rugby are the competition’s most experienced side with 121 games played across 18 seasons but have yet to reach a final. The Irish province welcome Bordeaux-Bègles to The Sportsground in Galway on Saturday afternoon (15:00 BST) in their Pool 3 encounter.
- Connacht and Bordeaux-Bègles have met twice before with the Irish side picking up wins in both games in pool stage of the 1997/98 Challenge Cup.
- Connacht have won 15 of their last 17 homes games in the pool stage of the Challenge Cup; Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs are the only side to come away with wins in that time.
- Bordeaux won on their last European trip to Ireland, a 26-22 victory over Ulster in the 2016/17 Champions Cup.
- Bordeaux averaged the most metres gained per game of any side in the Challenge Cup last season (552), while no side averaged more breaks than Connacht (13.1, level with Edinburgh).
- Connacht’s Matt Healy scored nine tries in just six games in last season’s Challenge Cup, only Newcastle’s Adam Radwan scored more (10 tries in 8 appearances).
— UBB Rugby (@UBBrugby) October 10, 2018
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Kyle Godwin scored two tries – one in each half – to lead Connacht Rugby to their third European Rugby Challenge Cup win in a row over Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday.
The left wing struck in the 13th and 45th minutes at The Sportsground to give the Irish province a great start to their Pool 3 campaign.
With fly-half Jack Carty converting the first and adding a penalty, Connacht moved into a 10-3 interval lead, the French side’s solitary reply being a 40th-minute penalty from Lucas Meret.
Carty also improved Godwin’s second try and although Bordeaux-Begles replied with a score from Afa Amosa in the 52nd minute that was converted by Meret, Finlay Bealham sealed the 22-10 victory with a 66th minute try from a rolling maul.
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) October 13, 2018
Connacht’s next game is at Sale Sharks next Saturday, when Bordeaux-Begles have a home game with Perpignan.