Connacht ran in three tries as they began their Challenge Cup with a comfortable win over Bordeaux-Begles at the Sportsground.

Kyle Godwin, with two touchdowns and another try from Finlay Bealham, along with Jack Carty's accuracy from the boot saw the hosts continue their decent start to the season.

Despite their convincing win, head coach Andy Friend believes there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We are happy with the result, that wasn’t one of our most polished performances,  we got the result it was pleasing," Friend told RTÉ Sport.

"We said we wanted to win that game, I thought we had some good energy, it’s just our detail wasn’t good.

"We talk about being clinical, we weren’t as clinical as we needed to be out there, we left a few points out there and made life a bit tougher than it needed to be for us."

Connacht were boosted by the successful debuts of two academy players. Out-half Conor Fitzgerald and back Colm de Buitléar both came off the bench and lock Joe Maksymiw, a summer signing, also made his debut.

"They have trained very well for us they have been good in pre season and in the Eagles game they have done what we asked them to do," added Friend.

"I’m a big believer that age shouldn’t be a barrier both Colm and young Conor when they went out there  showed maturity. Colm is a winger but he played the last ten minutes at half back and he did pretty well.

"It is an important competition and we want to win every competition we go into it, whether that is realistic or not, I’m not sure but that is certainly our desire to get in there and try and win every game we can. It’s a start it’s four points but we will have to be better."