Inconsistency to blame as Connacht's season ends
Connacht 28 Gloucester 33
Connacht's season went up in smoke at the Sportsground this afternoon, as David Humphreys' Gloucester dumped them out of the Challenge Cup, to all but end their chances of qualifying for the Champions Cup.
It was the inconsistencies that have hampered Connacht all year that was once again their undoing as they bowed out at the quarter-final stage in bitterly disappointing fashion.
The English club led 30-18 with 13 minutes to play when back row Lewis Ludlow was sent to the sin bin.
Matt Healy's try helped Irish side Connacht to within two points, but a Billy Twelvetrees penalty helped seal a semi-final tie against Newcastle.
John Afoa marked his 100th Gloucester outing with one of their four tries.
Connacht head coach Kieran Keane said: "I do believe we're a little bit naive as a team still. From my perspective we have an issue allowing teams into scoring areas. We know what's going on, but unfortunately we slip up at times," said the New Zealander.
"When we're in possession we look pretty good at times, but sometimes we don't.
"If we get a little narrow in our attack things go awry for us. But that try of Bundee Aki's was a great team try, and I don't think you'll see many better this weekend. When we get it right, we get it right. But we don't always get it right."