Charlie Hore kicked the penalty that won the match for the rebranded Reivers, who faced extinction on cost-cutting grounds in the summer. With Andy Irvine installed as the Scottish Rugby Union's new-broom president and Frank Hadden in as national coach they are safe, if still underfunded. More to the point, after a 16-6 win over the champion Ospreys last week, they managed to win their first away match in 52 attempts despite losing their Samoa No 8 Semo Sititi to a red card, for punching, in the 10th minute.
Hore, a New Zealander, converted his own try from fly-half and added the extras to an effort from the Scotland wing Simon Danielli to overturn a 15-7 half-time deficit. Connacht had tries from the ex-Leeds No 8 Colm Rigney and flanker Matt Lacey to add to Paul Warwick and David Slemen's efforts with the boot.
In the Premiership today, Leicester are at Leeds. The Tigers have never won at Headingley, so Pat Howard's decision to make 13 changes to a successful side seems a little odd. Leeds draft in Gordon Bulloch at hooker and David Rees on the wing.
At the Causeway Stadium, Worcester have their tighthead ogre Chris Horsman in the same pack as the promising No 8 Kai Horstmann. Confusing. Wasps' potent backs, boosted by Ayoola Erinle, should be too good.
The Sale coach, Philippe Saint-André, who reckons building a team is like making the perfect mayonnaise, takes a pretty tasty concoction to Vicarage Road. Saracens counter Sébastien Chabal's fire in the back row with Taine Randell's oodles of All Black experience. What they can do about Mark Cueto - seven try-scoring matches on the bounce - is still to be seen.
At Kingston Park, Newcastle and Bath field two of rugby's more fragile egos - Olly Barkley's battle with the yips meets Dave Walder's perennial struggle with life in Jonny Wilkinson's shadow. Walder doesn't have to kick, thanks to Matt Burke, so the Falcons are slight favourites.
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