Press Association Connacht only led 15-12 at the interval – having trailed 9-3 after 19 minutes – but they ended up running out easy victors. Danie Poolman scored the opening two tries for the Irish outfit, with Bundee Aki, Dave McSharry, and Willie Faloon also getting on the scoresheet in the second half as Connacht made the most of Florian Lapeyrade’s 58th-minute yellow card for the visitors. Lapeyrade had helped put Bayonne ahead 19-15 at the start of the second period with a try that was converted by Clement Otazo, but during the prop’s stint in the sin-bin, Connacht scored 17 points. Jack Carty added three conversion and three penalties for the hosts, while Craig Ronaldson slotted over another conversion, as they moved to within a point of leaders Exeter. Connacht stormed away in the second half to record a 42-19 bonus-point victory over French club Bayonne in European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool Two action.