Home Rugby Connacht Suffer Nightmare Start As Montpellier Score After 70 Seconds

Connacht Suffer Nightmare Start As Montpellier Score After 70 Seconds

Connacht suffered the worst possible start to their first Champions Cup outing since the 2016/17 season as Aaron Cruden scored Montpellier’s first try after just 70 seconds.

Prior to kick-off, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun were all ruled out through injury and while being interviewed on the pitch, club captain Butler predicted an 18-0 win for his side in the Sportsground.

It was a prediction that quickly unravelled when some quick handling allowed Yvan Reilhac to draw in defenders on the wing and an offload to Cruden left the fly-half with ample space to touch down under the posts.

Benoit Paillaugue nailed the conversion to give the visitors a 7-0 lead after just two minutes of play.

Despite losing Cillian Gallagher to injury, Connacht have responded well to the early concession of points and have found their way onto the scoreboard through a Jack Carty penalty in the 17th minute.

About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter