In the eyes of a selection of English rugby journalists, the switch from the Heineken Cup to the Champions Cup were to get rid of the likes of Connacht from the tournament.
How wrong they were. The PRO12 champions are back with a vengeance, and are putting on a show against fallen giants Toulouse in Galway.
Connacht's backs are on fire, as evidenced by Niyi Adeolokun's opening try after delightful interplay from Bundee Aki, Craig Ronaldson, and Caolan Blade:
How's that for a bit of razzle dazzle?