Eric Elwood delighted after Connacht's victory over Biarritz

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Eric Elwood: Happy after Euro triumph

Eric Elwood: Happy after Euro triumph

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Connacht head coach Eric Elwood was celebrating a 'huge scalp' after his side had held off Biarritz to post a memorable 22-14 Heineken Cup victory in Galway.

Dan Parks delighted the Sportsground faithful with a 17-point kicking contribution, while Tongan winger Fetu'u Vainikolo swooped for a first-half try.

It was only Connacht's third triumph in Heineken Cup history, adding to previous successes against Harlequins and Zebre with the result leaving them second in the Pool Three table.

Elwood admitted: "It is a huge scalp for us. Biarritz had a full squad out there tonight and we had a lot of guys missing.

"A lot of credit must go our young guys, particularly in the forward pack. The platform from our forward pack was terrific.

"To get scrum penalties against Biarritz was magnificent and Dan (Parks) kept the scoreboard ticking over, so all in all it was great.

"But we are under no illusion that there will be a backlash but this win sets us up nicely and we are going to France with a lot confidence."

Biarritz full-back Iain Balshaw added: "It is bitterly disappointing. Mathematically there is a chance we can qualify but it will be very tough.

"Presumably we will need to get five points from every match here in."

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