(Picture: Courtesy – Irish Rugby)

With attention turning to the interprovincial derbies against Ulster and Leinster over the Christmas period, Connacht are on course for European quarter-final qualification after a second consecutive win over French side Brive last Saturday.

Kieran Keane’s team were 55-10 winners over the side they defeated away one week earlier and with 19 points secured from four successes on the continent, their place is the final eight looks secured.

However, it’s not mathematical yet with games away to Worcester Warriors and home against Oyonnax should have the Sportsground rocking again when the knockout series resumes in April.  Worcester have 12 points, Brive are on seven with Oyonnax propping up the Pool 5 table on four points.

Matt Healy was the star performer hitting four tries in this rout.  The winger got the first after just five minutes as the home side went on to lead 17-10 at half-time with Gaetin Germain getting the French five-pointer.

Jack Carty’s display was another meriting applause.  Nine shots on goal with the boot all raised flags from the umpires and he also helped himself to a try before the break on his way to a 25-point haul while setting up Healy’s first.

And after the restart, the French effort capitulated as Healy went over three more times while Tom Farrell and Kieran Marmion also entertained the 5,572 in attendance as Connacht ran in seven tries overall.

(YouTube Video: Courtesy – Connacht Rugby)