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Lam to the slaughter

Bayonne v Connacht, Stade Jean Dauger, Today KO 7.45.

Connacht have made hay out of how they have solved the French connection over the years in The Challenge Cup.

Coach Pat Lam gives debuts to centre Conor Finn and scrum-half Caolan Blade in what is a second-string selection, at best.

It does point to concentration on Champions Cup qualification through the PRO12 rather than a trophy in Europe.

Bayonne: J Elissalde; S Vaka, L Foketi, M Ugalde, P Sayerse; C Otazo, C Loustalot; JC van Rensburg, D Roumieu, F Lapeyrade, P Taele, L Fa'aoso, B Chouzenoux, C Ancely, T Visensang.

Connacht: D Leader; N Adeolokun, C Finn, C Ronaldson, F Carr; M Nikora (capt), C Blade; R Loughney, D Heffernan, F Bealham, M Swift, A Muldowney, J Connolly, W Faloon, D Qualter.

Verdict: Bayonne.