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The quarter-final matches to be played on 29/30/31 March/1 April are as follows:


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PauPAU v STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

QF2
EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY v CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

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Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY v GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

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Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS v BRIVEBrive

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EPCR Round 6Challenge Cup Round 6 Qualifiers 2018

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 19 - 33 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

TBA - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 14:00 HT: 7-26 Att: 500

ENISEI: Richard Kingi, Federico Giliberti, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Jurijs Baranovs, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Sergey Sekisov, Shamil Magomedov, Evgenii Pronenko, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Vitalii Orlov, Maxim Gargalic BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Azat Musin, Jake Grey, Anton Sychev, Nikita Churashov, Evgeny Nepeivoda, Dmitriy Simonov, Dmitry Gritsenko

SCORERS T: Giliberti, Sychev, Gachechiladze C: Budychenko (2)

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Zach Kibirige, Tom Penny, Toby Flood, Adam Radwan, Craig Willis, Micky Young, Sam Lockwood, Ben Sowrey, Jack Payne, Calum Green, Glen Young, MARK WILSON (C), Simon Uzokwe, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Rob Vickers, Trevor Davison, Santiago Socino, Callum Chick, Sam Stuart, Cam Cowell, Joel Hodgson

SCORERS T: Wilson, Radwan (3), Flood C: Flood (4)

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Dragons DRAGONS 33 - 17 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

Rodney Parade - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 5-3 Att: 4,017

DRAGONS: Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Jared Rosser, Gavin Henson, Sarel Pretorius, Sam Hobbs, Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, CORY HILL (C), James Sheekey, Aaron Wainwright, Robson Blake BENCH: Liam Belcher, Tom Davies, Gerard Ellis, Joe Davies, James Benjamin, Dan Babos, Dorian Jones, Pat Howard

SCORERS T: Dee, Hill, Hewitt, Fairbrother, Howard C: Henson (2), Jones (2)

BORDEAUX: Geoffrey Cros, Fa’asiu Fuatai, Pablo Uberti, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, Iban Etcheverry, Ben Volavola, Jules Gimbert, Sébastien Taofifenua, Adrien Pélissié, Ravai Kovekalou, Luke Jones, JANDRÉ MARAIS (C), Marco Tauleigne, Cameron Woki, Leroy Houston BENCH: Florian Dufour, Thierry Paiva, Lasha Tabidze, Cyril Cazeaux, Alexandre Roumat, Gauthier Doubrere, Christian Schoeman, Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: Fuatai, Gimbert C: Volavola, Schoeman P: Schoeman

Referee: Andrew Brace

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 2

Lyon Olympique Universitaire LYON 18 - 21 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 18:00 HT: 12-7 Att: 9,218

LYON: Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Delon Armitage, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Thibaut Regard, Jone Tuva, Lionel Beauxis, FRÉDÉRIC MICHALAK (C), Stéphane Clement, Virgile Lacombe, Clément Ric, Francois van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Dylan Cretin, Theophile Cotte, Tai Tu'ifua BENCH: Enzo Pakihivatau, Alexandre Menini, Richard Choirat, Tanginoa Halaifonua, Josh Bekhuis, Alexis Palisson, Theo Belan, Jonathan Pélissié

SCORERS T: Cretin, Barassi C: Beauxis P: Beauxis (2) Yellow Card Cotte, Barassi

BLUES: Gareth Anscombe, Alex Cuthbert, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo, Blaine Scully, Jarrod Evans, Lloyd Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Matthew Rees, Dillon Lewis, Damian Welch, Josh Turnbull, Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Scott Andrews, James Down, Olly Robinson, Tomos Williams, Steven Shingler, Rhun Williams

SCORERS T: Lloyd Williams, PT, Tomos Williams C: Evans (2) Yellow Card Evans

Referee: Matthew Carley

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 28 - 21 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Stade Ernest Wallon - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 18:00 HT: 14-7 Att: 9,462

TOULOUSE: Jarrod Poi, Yoann Huget, Sofiane Guitoune, Gael Fickou, Paul Perez, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont, Daniel Mienie, David Roumieu, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, Piula Fa'asalele, Carl Axtens, LOUIS MADAULE (C), Talalelei Gray BENCH: Julien Marchand, Rodrigue Neti, Dorian Aldegheri, Joe Tekori, Selevasio Tolofua, Semi Kunatani, Sébastien Bézy, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: van Dyk, Roumieu, Marchand, Kunatani C: Ntamack (3), Bézy Yellow Card Tolofua

SHARKS: Mike Haley, Josh Charnley, Will Addison, Luke James, Marland Yarde, Sam James, Will Cliff, James Flynn, Marc Jones, Alexandru Tarus, George Nott, Andrei Ostrikov, JONO ROSS (C), Cameron Neild, Josh Beaumont BENCH: Rob Webber, Ross Harrison, Halani Aulika, Matthew Postlethwaite, Sam Moore, Ben Curry, Paulo Odogwu, Aaron Reed

SCORERS T: Yarde, Luke James, Beaumont C: Addison (3)

Referee: Sean Gallagher

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 3

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 24 - 34 PAU Pau

Kingsholm Stadium - Friday 19 January 2018
KO: 19:45 HT: 7-13 Att: 12,489

GLOUCESTER: Jason Woodward, Henry Purdy, Billy Twelvetrees, Andy Symons, Ollie Thorley, Billy Burns, Ben Vellacott, Josh Hohneck, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, TOM SAVAGE (C), Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Morgan BENCH: Motu Matu'u, Cameron Orr, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Freddie Clarke, Jake Polledri, Callum Braley, Owen Williams

SCORERS T: Thrush, Braley, Polledri C: Twelvetrees (3) P: Twelvetrees

PAU: Charly Malie, Frank Halai, Conrad Smith, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Colin Slade, THIBAULT DAUBAGNA (C), Thomas Domingo, Laurent Bouchet, Lourens Adriaanse, Fabrice Metz, Daniel Ramsay, Ben Mowen, Sean Dougall, Steffon Armitage BENCH: Lucas Rey, Ignacio Calles, Malik Hamadache, Masalosalo Tutaia, Peter Saili, Clovis Lebail, Antoine Hastoy, Florian Nicot

SCORERS T: Armitage, Halai, Adriaanse, Ramsay C: Stade (4) P: Slade (2)

Referee: John Lacey

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY CLUB 38 - 30 AGEN Agen

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: 2,000

ZEBRE: Matteo Minozzi, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, TOMMASO CASTELLO (C), Mattia Bellini, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Oliviero Fabiani, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, George Biagi, Maxime Mbanda, Johan Meyer, Giovanni Licata BENCH: Tommaso D'Apice, Cruze Ah-Nau, Dario Chistolini, Leonard Krumov, Derick Minnie, Edoardo Padovani, Guglielmo Palazzani, Giovanbattista Venditti

SCORERS T: Violi, Bisegni, Minozzi, Meyer C: Canna (3) P: Canna (4) Yellow Card Bisegni

AGEN: Valentin Saurs, Loris Tolot, Alban Conduche, Ryan Dubois, Lucas Tolot, Hugo Verdu, Paul Abadie, Giorgi Tetrashvili, Marc Barthomeuf, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Corentin Braendlin, Mickael De Marco, Yoan Tanga, Jessy Jegerlhener, AKAPUSI QERA (C) BENCH: Paula Ngauamo, Quentin Bethune, Corentin Chabeaudie, Denis Marchois, Pierre Fouyssac, Lucas Rubio, Jérémy Russell, Branden Holder

SCORERS T: Lucas Tolot, Conduche, Saurs C: Verdu (2), Russell P: Verdu (3)

Referee: Vlad Iordachescu

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 4

Krasny YarKRASNY YAR 17 - 24 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 17:00 HT: 10-7 Att: 500

KRASNY YAR: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Sunia Latu, Giorgi Pruidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Igor Galinovskiy, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Rushan Iagudin, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Andrei Kondakov, Sione Fukofuka, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Aleksandr Khudiakov, Viktor Arhip, Oleg Prepelitse BENCH: Valery Tsnobiladze, Sergey Novoselov, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Alexander Ilin, Viktor Gresev, Vasilii Dorofeev, Anton Riabov, Kirill Golosnitskii

SCORERS T: Arhip, Tsnobiladze C: Malaguradze, Apikotoa P: Malaguradze

IRISH: Ben Ransom, Tom Parton, Tom Fowlie, Matt Williams, Ben Loader, Jacob Atkins, Scott Steele, Harry Elrington, David Paice, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES (C), Jack Cooke, Max Northcote-Green, Josh Basham BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Conor Gilsenan, Tom Woolstencroft, Ben Meehan, Thomas Bell, Joe Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Williams, Fowlie (2), Loader C: Atkins (2)

Referee: Pierre Brousset

 

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 17 - 10 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Stade Jean-Bouin - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 21:00 HT: 12-0 Att: 8,454

PARIS: Tony Ensor, Julien Arias, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Jonathan Danty, Djibril Camara, Shane Geraghty, Charl McLeod, Zurabi Zhvania, Laurent Panis, Paul Alo Emile, Paul Gabrillagues, ALEXANDRE FLANQUART (C), Mathieu De Giovanni, Matthieu Ugena, Sekou Macalou BENCH: Craig Burden, Heinke Van der Merwe, Giorgi Melikidze, Steevy Cerqueira, Sergio Parisse, Arthur Coville, Paul Williams, Jimmy Yobo

SCORERS T: Alo-Emile, Danty, Parisse C: Geraghty

EDINBURGH: Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, Mark Bennett, Junior Rasolea, Duhan Van Der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Nathan Fowles, Rory Sutherland, Cameron Fenton, Murray McCallum, FRASER MCKENZIE (C), Lewis Carmichael, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Kevin Bryce, Matt Shields, Grant Gilchrist, Viliame Mata, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, James Johnstone, Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Hoyland, Fife

Referee: Frank Murphy

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 5

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 50 - 14 OYONNAXOyonnax

The Sportsground - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 14:30 HT: 36-14 Att: 5,017

CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Craig Ronaldson, Kieran Marmion, Peter McCabe, David Heffernan, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Naulia Dawai, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Denis Coulson, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Gavin Thornbury, James Connolly, Caolin Blade, Tom Farrell, Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Adeolokun (3), Aki, O'Halloran, Healy, Farrell, PT C: Ronaldson (2), O'Halloran (2)

OYONNAX: Axel Muller, Daniel Ikpefan, Ulupano Seuteni, Roimata Hansell-Pune, Tim Giresse, Anthony Fuertes, James Hall, Khatchik Vartanov, Quentin MacDonald, Thomas Laclayat, Geoffrey Fabbri, Simon Christian Njewel, Curtis Browning, BILEL TAIEB (C), Thibault Tauleigne BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Tommy Raynaud, Irakli Mirtskhulava, Shay Kerry, Julien Audy, Maxime Veau, Jose Lima, Luc Barba

SCORERS T: Müller, Ikpefan C: Fuertes, Hall Yellow Card Hansell-Pune

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Brive BRIVE 33 - 7 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Stade Alexandre Cueille, Tulle - Saturday 20 January 2018
KO: 20:00 HT: 14-0 Att: 800

Match postponed due to waterlogged pitch at the Stade Amédée-Domenech so Referee Dan Jones called it off as the surface was unfit for play; match was rescheduled to the same evening in Tulle.

BRIVE: Gaëtan Germain, Guillaume Namy, Felix Le Bourhis, Seremaia Burotu, Benito Masilevu, Nicolas Bézy, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Karlen Asieshvili, Mike Tadjer, James Johnston, Johan Snyman, Jan Uys, Etienne Herjean, POUTASI LUAFUTU (C), Sisa Koyamaibole BENCH: Thomas Acquier, Demba Bamba, Soso Bekoshvili, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Péniami Narisia, Florian Cazenave, Sevanaia Galala, Thomas Laranjeira

SCORERS T: Koyamaibole (2), Masilevu, Waqaniburotu

WARRIORS: Ben Howard, Perry Humphreys, Chris Pennell, Jackson Willison, Dean Hammond, Jamie Shillcock, Michael Dowsett, Ryan Bower, Kurt Haupt, Simon Kerrod, Darren Barry, Pierce Phillips, Alafoti Fa'osiliva, Matt Cox, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Jack Singleton, Gareth Milasinovich, Bi Alo, Huw Taylor, Matti Williams, Luke Baldwin, Sam Olver, Tom Howe

SCORERS T: Howe C: Pennell Yellow Card Cox, Kerrod

Referee: Dan Jones

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EPCR Round 5

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 1

Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX-BÈGLES 36 - 28 DRAGONSDragons

Stade Chaban-Delmas - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 21:00 HT: 8-16 Att: 14,232

BORDEAUX: Geoffrey Cros, Fa'asiu Fuatai, ROMAIN LONCA (C), Ben Volavola, Blair Connor, Matthieu Jalibert, Gauthier Doubrere, Sébastien Taofifenua, Ole Avei, Ravai Kovekalou, Luke Jones, Cyril Cazeaux, Mahamadou Diaby, Alexandre Roumat, Marco Tauleigne BENCH: Adrien Pélissié, Thierry Paiva, Lasha Tabidze, Pierre Gayraud, Leroy Houston, Jules Gimbert, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: Jalibert, Connor, Fuatai, Cros (2) C: Jalibert (4) P: Jalibert

DRAGONS: Angus O'Brien, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Jared Rosser, Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius, Tom Davies, Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, CORY HILL (C), Aaron Wainwright, James Benjamin, Robson Blake BENCH: Liam Belcher, Luke Garrett, Sam Hobbs, Joe Davies, Carl Meyer, Dan Babos, Gavin Henson, Pat Howard

SCORERS T: Benjamin, Pretorius, Meyer C: Jones (2) Yellow Card O'Brien

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 64 - 7 ENISEI-STMEnisei STM

Kingston Park - Sunday 14 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-0 Att: 3,653

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Zach Kibirige, Tom Penny, Toby Flood, Adam Radwan, Joel Hodgson, Micky Young, Sam Lockwood, Ben Sowrey, Scott Wilson, Calum Green, Glen Young, MARK WILSON (C), Simon Uzokwe, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison, Jack Payne, Rob Vickers, Will Witty, Sam Stuart, Charlie Wilson, Craig Willis

SCORERS T: Penny, Hodgson (2), Uzokwe, Glen Young, Radwan (3), Kibirige, Burrows C: Flood (3), Hodgson (4)

ENISEI: Iurii Kushnarev, Jurijs Baranovs, Aleksei Mikhaltsov, David Kacharava, Sergey Trishin, Ramil Gaisin, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Evgeny Elgin, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Dmitrii Krotov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Valery Morozov, Jake Grey, Vitalii Orlov, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Evgeny Nepeivoda, Maxim Gargalic

SCORERS T: Gargalic C: Kushnarev

Referee: Pierre Brousset

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 2

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 15 - 13 LYON Lyon Olympique Universitaire

AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 5-3 Att: 3,259

SHARKS: Mike Haley, Marland Yarde, Will Addison, Rohan Van Rensburg, Denny Solomona, Sam James, Will Cliff, James Flynn, Marc Jones, Halani Aulika, George Nott, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, David Seymour, JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: Rob Webber, Ross Harrison, Alexandru Tarus, Josh Beaumont, Ben Curry, Matthew Postlethwaite, Josh Charnley, Luke James

SCORERS T: Ostrikov, Beaumont C: Cliff P: Cliff Yellow Card Solomona

LYON: Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Delon Armitage, Rudi Wulf, Mike Harris, Alexis Palisson, Lionel Beauxis, Baptiste Couilloud, Alexandre Menini, Virgile Lacombe, Clément Ric, Felix Lambey, Etienne Oosthuizen, JULIEN PURICELLI (C), Dylan Cretin, Toa Halafihi BENCH: Deon Fourie, Tornike Mataradze, Stéphane Clement, Francois van der Merwe, Theophile Cotte, Thibaut Regard, Jone Tuva, Frédéric Michalak

SCORERS T: Lacombe C: Michalak P: Beauxis (2)

Referee: Mike Adamson

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 18 - 13 TOULOUSEToulouse

Cardiff Arms Park - Sunday 14 January 2018
KO: 17:30 HT: 10-10 Att: 7,152

BLUES: Gareth Anscombe, Alex Cuthbert, Garyn Smith, Willis Halaholo, Owen Lane, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Matthew Rees, Tau Filise, George Earle, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Ellis Jenkins, Nick Williams BENCH: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Damian Welch, Macauley Cook, Lloyd Williams, Steven Shingler, Blaine Scully

SCORERS  T: Tomos Williams, Anscombe C: Evans P: Evans

TOULOUSE: Thomas Ramos, Cheslin Kolbe, Jarrod Poi, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune, JEAN-MARC DOUSSAIN (C), Sébastien Bézy, Clément Castets, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Charlie Faumuina, Florian Verhaeghe, Richie Gray, Semi Kunatani, Louis Madaule, Joe Tekori BENCH: David Roumieu, Maxime Duprat, Piula Fa'asalele, Carl Axtens, Rynhardt Elstadt, Antoine Dupont, Paul Perez, Maks van Dyk

SCORERS T: Kolbe C: Ramos DG: Ramos (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 3

AgenAGEN 24 - 45 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Stade Armandie - Friday 12 January 2018
KO: 19:30 HT: 5-28 Att: 2,870

AGEN: Valentin Saurs, Loris Tolot, Alban Conduche, Pierre Fouyssac, Branden Holder, Hugo Verdu, Paul Abadie, Morgan Phelipponneau, Marc Barthomeuf, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Denis Marchois, CORENTIN BRAENDLIN (C), Marco Kotze, Jessy Jegerlhener, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Clément Martinez, Giorgi Tetrashvili, Corentin Chabeaudie, Christiaan van der Merwe, Pio Muarua, Ricky Januarie, Jérémy Russell, Johann Sadie

SCORERS T: Kotze, Sadie, Qera, Jegerlhener C: Verdu, Russell

GLOUCESTER: Jason Woodward, Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy, Owen Williams, Callum Braley, Cameron Orr, Motu Matu'u, Fraser Balmain, ED SLATER (C), Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, Jake Polledri, Freddie Clarke BENCH: Richard Hibbard, Josh Hohneck, Gareth Denman, Tom Savage, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Vellacott, Billy Twelvetrees, Tom Marshall

SCORERS T: Purdy (2), Braley, Woodward, Atkinson, Slater C: Williams (6) P: Williams

Referee: Frank Murphy

 

Pau PAU 42 - 14 ZEBRE RUGBY CLUBZebre

Stade du Hameau - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 18:00 HT: 28-7 Att: 7,700

PAU: Mathias Colombet, Frank Halai, Florian Nicot, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Brandon Fajardo, Clovis Lebail, JAMIE MACKINTOSH (C), Laurent Bouchet, Lourens Adriaanse, Fabrice Metz, Masalosalo Tutaia, Daniel Ramsay, Giovanni Habel Kuffner, Peter Saili BENCH: Lucas Rey, Ignacio Calles, Matthew Tierney, Ben Mowen, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Christopher Kaiser, Antoine Hastoy, Bastien Pourailly

SCORERS  T: Vatubua, Bouchet, PT, Tutaia, Saili, Halai C: Fajardo, Lebail (4)

ZEBRE: Edoardo Padovani, Ciaran Gaffney, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, Giovanbattista Venditti, Maicol Azzolini, Guglielmo Palazzani, Cruze Ah-Nau, Luhandre Luus, Dario Chistolini, Valerio Bernabo, David Sisi, JACOPO SARTO (C), Derick Minnie, Giovanni Licata BENCH: Tommaso D'Apice, Andrea de Marchi, Roberto Tenga, Leonard Krumov, Johan Meyer, Riccardo Raffaele, Gabriele Di Giulio, Matteo Minozzi

SCORERS T: Licata (2) C: Palazzani (2) Yellow Card Bernabo

Referee: Joy Neville

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 4

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 34 - 33 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

BT Murrayfield Stadium - Friday 12 January 2018
KO: 19:35 HT: 12-6 Att: 4,468

EDINBURGH: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Rory Sutherland, STUART MCINALLY (C), Murray McCallum, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Matt Shields, Kevin Bryce, Fraser McKenzie, Jamie Ritchie, Nathan Fowles, Darcy Graham, Junior Rasolea

SCORERS T: Watson, van der Walt, Rasolea C: Hidalgo-Clyne, Kinghorn P: Hidalgo-Clyne (4), van der Walt

PARIS: Tony Ensor, Romain Martial, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Jonathan Danty, Julien Arias, Jules Plisson, Charl McLeod, Heinke van der Merwe, Laurent Panis, Paul Alo Emile, Paul Gabrillagues, ALEXANDRE FLANQUART (C), Mathieu De Giovanni, Matthieu Ugena, Sekou Macalou BENCH: Craig Burden, Zurabi Zhvania, Giorgi Melikidze, Steevy Cerqueira, Bakary Meité, Clement Daguin, Shane Geraghty, Jimmy Yobo

SCORERS T: Macalou, Nayacalevu, Melikidze C: Plisson (3) P: Plisson (4) Yellow Card Danty

Referee: Tom Foley

 

London IrishLONDON IRISH 47 - 7 KRASNY YARKrasny Yar

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-10 Att: 4,746

IRISH: Thomas Bell, Ben Ransom, Matt Williams, Theo Brophy Clews, Ben Loader, Jacob Atkins, Scott Steele, Harry Elrington, David Paice, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES (C), Jack Cooke, Max Northcote-Green, Isaac Curtis-Harris BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Josh Basham, Tom Woolstencroft, Ben Meehan, Tom Fowlie, Joe Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Loader, Brophy-Clews (4), Chawatama, Cokanasiga C: Bell (3), Atkins (3)

KRASNY: Soso Matiashvili, Igor Galinovskiy, Giorgi Pruidze, Lasha Malaguradze, VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Valery Tsnobiladze, Sione Fukofuka, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Aleksandr Khudiakov BENCH: Andrei Kondakov, Oleg Prepelitse, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Alexander Ilin, Rushan Iagudin, Anton Riabov, Sunia Latu, Kirill Golosnitskii

SCORERS T: Pruidze, Latu C: Malaguradze (2) P: Malaguradze Yellow Card Valery Tsnobiladze

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 5

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 24 - 24 CONNACHT Connacht Rugby

Sixways Stadium - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-14 Att: 6,670

WARRIORS: Josh Adams, Perry Humphreys, Chris Pennell, Ryan Mills, Dean Hammond, Jamie Shillcock, Francois Hougaard, Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton, Simon Kerrod, Darren Barry, Pierce Phillips, David Denton, Sam Lewis, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Matti Williams, Ryan Bower, Bi Alo, Huw Taylor, Matt Cox, Michael Dowsett, Sam Olver, Ben Howard

SCORERS T: Humphreys (2), Lewis, Adams C: Pennell (2) Yellow Card Pennell

CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Niyi Adeolokun, Craig Ronaldson, Kieran Marmion, Peter McCabe, David Heffernan, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Jarrad Butler, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Denis Coulson, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Gavin Thornbury, Naulia Dawai, Caolin Blade, Eoin Griffin, Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Muldoon, Adeolokun, O'Halloran C: Ronaldson (3) P: Ronaldson Yellow Card Roux, Butler

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

 

OyonnaxOYONNAX 19 - 29 BRIVEBrive

Stade Charles Mathon - Saturday 13 January 2018
KO: 19:30 HT: 12-15 Att: 3,500

OYONNAX: Bjorn Basson, Silvere Tian, Vincent Lasmarrigues, Maxime Veau, Tim Giresse, Anthony Fuertes, JULIEN AUDY (C), Tommy Raynaud, Benjamin Geledan, Pietro Ceccarelli, Shay Kerry, Simon Christian Njewel, Luc Barba, Curtis Browning, Thibault Tauleigne BENCH: Guilhem Bourgois, Vincent Debaty, Thomas Laclayat, Manuel Leindekar Virginio, James Hall, Roimata Hansell-Pune, Jose Lima, Kilian Bendjaballah

SCORERS T: Lima C: Fuertes P: Audy (4)

BRIVE: Alfifeleti Mafi, Benito Masilevu, Felix Le Bourhis, Seremaia Burotu, Guillaume Namy, Nicolas Bézy, Florian Cazenave, Julien Brugnaut, Thomas Acquier, James Johnston, Peet Marais, Jan Uys, Péniami Narisia, POUTASI LUAFUTU (C), Etienne Herjean BENCH: Louis Martin, Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Soso Bekoshvili, Sisa Koyamaibole, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Franck Romanet, Gaëtan Germain

SCORERS T: Mafi, le Bourhis, Burotu Yellow Card Herjean

Referee: Ian Davies

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EPCR Round 4

POOL 4 leaders, Edinburgh Rugby, are now the only club in the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup with a maximum 20 points after four rounds. Newcastle Falcons, Pau and Connacht Rugby also have four wins to date. Newcastle, who lead in the way in Pool  1, and holders, Stade Français Paris, whose qualification hopes are still alive in Pool 4, both registered away wins in Round 4.

Bernard Jackman, Dragons Head Coach rued his team’s 25-27 loss at home to the Falcons: “We gifted them 24 points in the first half and when you play with fire you get burned. We backed ourselves to come back and showed loads of courage and heart but sometimes when you are that generous you don’t claw yourself back into the game. The players felt even with two minutes to go that we were going to win it but we just weren’t as clinical as we needed to be and there were some strange decisions out there. But the learning is to don’t gift teams scores – look at Newcastle’s three tries and they didn’t actually have to work for them.”

Danny Wilson, Cardiff Blues Head Coach was pleased with his club’s 14-6 win over Sale Sharks: “We felt we let our travelling supporters down last week. We didn’t turn up, we didn’t perform. But we knew we could get it back in a week and we did that. We worked far harder for each other and ultimately that’s the difference from one week to the next. We wanted to improve our accuracy and the players have gone out and delivered. They executed far better. We were far more accurate and precise in the things that we did. It was a little bit tight at the end, looking as though they might nick a bonus point, but thankfully we defended that well and came away with a ground-out win. These conditions probably suit Sale better than us so I am really pleased we have come away with a win in the conditions and got things right tactically.”

Also in Pool 2, Florian Verhaeghe of Toulouse is the top lineout exponent with 20 takes to date, but it was Lyon who took a convincing 21-11 win over the visiting countryman. Lyon’s Deon Fourie has made the most turnovers to date with 8.

Agen, defeated by Pool 3 leaders Pau by 26 points to 12, have lost their last seven away games in the Challenge Cup, while Gloucester Rugby wing, Ollie Thorley, also ran in four tries in the emphatic 69-12 victory over Zebre Rugby Club at Kingsholm.

In Pool 4, Edinburgh’s 78-0 win over Krasny Yar at BT Murrayfield set a host of new scoring records for the club in the Challenge Cup including highest score, biggest win margin and most tries (12).

“It's quite difficult at half-time to be that far up and it was just pleasing the guys came out and played in the second half like they did in the first. Probably the most pleasing thing is nilling them. We conceded two tries in Russia which was frustrating. The big focus really was getting a result in terms of the points out of the game - getting five points hugely helps us going forward. We've tried to attack when we can and with the amount of tries we've scored it has been good or better. The style [Richard Cockerill] is driving seems to have been working for us, but we're really happy with where it's going," commented Roddy Grant, Edinburgh Rugby Assistant Coach.

Stade Français’ New Zealand full back, Tony Ensor, scored in the last minute to dash London Irish’s hopes at the Madejski Stadium, sealing the 26-20 win for the visitors. Mathieu De Giovanni of Stade Français remains the competition’s top tackler with 66.

In Pool 5, Connacht’s Jack Carty, who added 25 points to his personal total against Brive, is the competition’s leading scorer with 53 after four rounds. Kieran Keane, Connacht Rugby Head Coach said of their 55-10 “Look, everybody had a good day. The pack played well. The backs had their moments. There was some delightful ambition being shown, particularly the kick across from the penalty from Jack. It just shows that they’re starting to enjoy themselves and we’re reaping the rewards from that. They’re feeling good about themselves. I know we’re not world beaters in some people’s eyes but it’s nice to see the boys express themselves and enjoy what they’re doing.”

Matt Healy became the first Connacht player to score four tries in a Challenge Cup match during the home win over Brive and he has now overtaken Fionn Carr as the club’s leading try scorer in the competition with 14.

RESULTS

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 1

Dragons DRAGONS 25 - 27 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Rodney Parade - Friday 15 December 2017
KO: 19:30 HT: 17-24 Att: 3,949

DRAGONS: Hallam Amos, Jared Rosser, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Ashton Hewitt, Gavin Henson, Dan Babos, Sam Hobbs, Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, CORY HILL (C), Aaron Wainwright, Ben Roach, James Benjamin BENCH: Liam Belcher, Gerard Ellis, Tom Davies, Rynard Landman, James Sheekey, Charlie Davies, Arwel Robson, Pat Howard

SCORERS T: Dee (2), Hewitt C: Henson (2) P: Henson (2)

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Zach Kibirige, Tom Penny, Josh Matavesi, Adam Radwan, Joel Hodgson, Sam Stuart, Sam Lockwood, Ben Sowrey, Scott Wilson, Will Witty, Sean Robinson, MARK WILSON (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Rob Vickers, Trevor Davison, Glen Young, Simon Uzokwe, Micky Young, Craig Willis, Charlie Wilson

SCORERS T: Radwan, Kibirige, Graham C: Hodgson (3) P: Hodgson (2)

Man of the Match: Elliot Dee

Referee: Mike Adamson

 

Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX-BÈGLES 36 - 27 ENISEI-STMEnisei STM

Stade Chaban-Delmas - Saturday 15 December 2017
KO: 20:30 HT: 21-13 Att: 16,646

BORDEAUX: Geoffrey Cros, Iban Etcheverry, Pablo Uberti, JULIEN REY (C), Blair Connor, Ben Volavola, Gauthier Doubrere, Ravai Kovekalou, Ole Avei, Marc Clerc, Cyril Cazeaux, Pierre Gayraud, Cameron Woki, Kitione Kamikamica, Jandré Marais BENCH: Florian Dufour, Thierry Paiva, Lasha Tabidze, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Johan Aliouat, Jules Gimbert, Romain Lonca, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina

SCORERS T: Cros, Etcheverry, Rey, Kamikamica, Gimbert, Dufour C: Volavola (3)

ENISEI: Aleksandr Budychenko, Richard Kingi, David Kacharava, Dmitriy Simonov, Evgeny Nepeivoda, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Valery Morozov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Evgeny Elgin, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Anton Sychev, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Shamil Magomedov, Andrei Polivalov, Vladimir Podrezov, Vitalii Orlov, Aleksei Mikhaltsov, Konstantin Uzunov, Federico Giliberti, Viacheslav Krasylnyk

SCORERS T: Nepeivoda, Rudoy, Podrezov C: Kushnarev (3) P: Kushnarev (2)

Man of the Match: Geoffrey Cros

Referee: Joy Neville

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 2

Lyon Olympique Universitaire LYON 21 - 11 TOULOUSEToulouse

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Saturday 16 December 2017
KO: 21:00 HT: 15-8 Att: 12,404

LYON: Delon Armitage, Toby Arnold, Thibaut Regard, Adrien Seguret, Jone Tuva, Mike Harris, Jonathan Pélissié, Hamza Kaabèche, Deon Fourie, Clément Ric, Josh Bekhuis, Francois van der Merwe, JULIEN PURICELLI (C), Theophile Cotte, Tai Tu'ifua BENCH: Enzo Pakihivatau, Tornike Mataradze, Stéphane Clement, Felix Lambey, Dylan Cretin, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Lionel Beauxis, Baptiste Couilloud

SCORERS T: Puricelli, Tuva C: Pelissié P: Pelissié, Beauxis (2)

TOULOUSE: Sofiane Guitoune, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Paul Perez, Lucas Tauzin, Romain Ntamack, Sébastien Bézy, Rodrigue Neti, David Roumieu, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, PIULA FAASALELE (C), Louis Madaule, Semi Kunatani, Selevasio Tolofua BENCH: Julien Marchand, Daniel Mienie, Charlie Faumuina, Rynhardt Elstadt, Carl Axtens, Francois Cros, Jean-Marc Doussain, Yann David

SCORERS T: Guitoune P: Bézy, Ntamack

Man of the Match: Deon Fourie

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 14 - 6 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Cardiff Arms Park - Sunday 17 December 2017
KO: 15:15 HT: 3-3 Att: 4,974

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Owen Lane, Garyn Smith, Willis Halaholo, Aled Summerhill, Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Matthew Rees, Anton Peikrishvili, Seb Davies, Damian Welch, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Nick Williams BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Kieron Assiratti, James Down, Josh Turnbull, Lloyd Williams, Jarrod Evans, Rey Lee-Lo

SCORERS T: Morgan P: Anscombe (3)

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Mark Jennings, Rohan Van Rensburg, Josh Charnley, Sam James, Will Cliff, James Flynn, Marc Jones, Halani Aulika, Bryn Evans, George Nott, Cameron Neild, TJ Ioane, JOSH STRAUSS (C) BENCH: Rob Webber, Ross Harrison, Alexandru Tarus, Matthew Postlethwaite, Ben Curry, Matthew Sturgess, Luke James, Paulo Odogwu

SCORERS P: Cliff (2)

Referee: Thomas Charabas

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 3

Pau PAU 26 - 12 AGEN Agen

Stade du Hameau - Thursday 14 December 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 14-0 Att: 8,129

PAU: Mathias Colombet, Adrien Planté, Pierre Nueno, Benson Stanley, Watisoni Votu, Brandon Fajardo, Clovis Lebail, Jamie Mackintosh, Lucas Rey, Lourens Adriaanse, FABRICE METZ (C), Masalosalo Tutaia, Paddy Butler, Sean Dougall, Peter Saili BENCH: Laurent Bouchet, Jérémy Hurou, Matthew Tierney, Dave Foley, Giovanni Habel Kuffner, Christopher Kaiser, Antoine Hastoy, Florian Nicot

SCORERS T: Rey, Stanley, Dougall, Bouchet C: Fajardo (2), Lebail Yellow Card Butler

AGEN: FLORIAN DENOS (C), Loris Tolot, Johann Sadie, Alban Conduche, Clément Laporte, Hugo Verdu, Ricky Januarie, Quentin Bethune, Paula Ngauamo, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Denis Marchois, Corentin Braendlin, Antoine Miquel, Marco Kotze, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Clément Martinez, Morgan Phelipponneau, Kamaliele Tufele, Christiaan Van der Merwe, Yoan Tanga, Paul Abadie, Pierre Fouyssac, Mathieu Lamoulie

SCORERS T: Tanga (2) C: Lamoulie Yellow Card Marchois

Man of the Match: Sean Dougall

Referee: Sean Gallagher

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 69 - 12 ZEBRE RUGBY Zebre

Kingsholm Stadium - Saturday 16 December 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 45-0 Att: 8,927

GLOUCESTER: Charlie Sharples, Ollie Thorley, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, David Halaifonua, Billy Burns, Ben Vellacott, Cameron Orr, Motu Matu'u, Josh Hohneck, ED SLATER (C), Mariano Galarza, Jake Polledri, Will Safe, Freddie Clarke BENCH: Richard Hibbard, Paddy McAllister, Gareth Denman, Tom Savage, Charlie Beckett, Willi Heinz, Owen Williams, Henry Purdy

SCORERS T: Halaifonua (2), Thorley (4), Clarke, Safe, Sharples, Orr, Matu'u C: Twelvetrees (6), Williams Yellow Card Clarke

ZEBRE: Ciaran Gaffney, Matteo Pratichetti, Giulio Bisegni, Faialaga Afamasaga, Giovanbattista Venditti, Serafin Bordoli, Guglielmo Palazzani, Cruze Ah-Nau, Luhandre Luus, Roberto Tenga, Leonard Krumov, GEORGE BIAGI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Derick Minnie, Maxime Mbanda BENCH: Tommaso D'Apice, Andrea de Marchi, Dario Chistolini, Valerio Bernabo, Sami Panico, Riccardo Raffaele, Maicol Azzolini, Matteo Minozzi

SCORERS T: Bordoli, Bernabo C: Bordoli Yellow Card Gaffney, d'Apice

Man of the Match: Ollie Thorley

Referee: Pierre Brousset

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 4

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 78 - 0 KRASNY YARKrasny Yar

BT Murrayfield - Friday 15 December 2017
KO: 19:35 HT: 47-0 Att: 2,773

EDINBURGH: Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Chris Dean, Duhan Van Der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Sean Kennedy, Rory Sutherland, Neil Cochrane, Murray McCallum, FRASER MCKENZIE (C), Lewis Carmichael, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Cameron Fenton, Kevin Bryce, Matt Shields, Viliame Mata, Luke Crosbie, Nathan Fowles, Blair Kinghorn, Junior Rasolea

SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Dean, Carmichael, Ritchie, Kinghorn, Kennedy, Cochrane, Graham, Hoyland, Rasolea, Fenton C: Kinghorn (6), Hidalgo-Clyne (3)

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Sunia Latu, Giorgi Pruidze, Kirill Golosnitskii, Evgenii Kolomiitcev, Lasha Malaguradze, Vasilii Dorofeev, Sione Fukofuka, Andrei Kondakov, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Oleg Prepelitse BENCH: Valery Tsnobiladze, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Aleksandr Khudiakov, Egor Zykov, Anton Riabov, Igor Galinovskiy, Fangatapu Apikotoa

SCORERS Yellow Card Arhip, Tsnobiladze

Man of the Match: Blair Kinghorn

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

London IrishLONDON IRISH 20 - 26 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 16 December 2017
KO: 15:15 HT: 10-5 Att: 5,800

IRISH: Greig Tonks, Ben Ransom, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Williams, Ben Loader, Theo Brophy Clews, Scott Steele, Gordon Reid, Tom Woolstencroft, Lovejoy Chawatama, William Lloyd, SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES (C), Conor Gilsenan, Jack Cooke, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Todd Gleave, Harry Elrington, Petrus du Plessis, Josh Basham, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Rory Brand, Matt Williams, Joe Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Steele, PT C: Tonks P: Tonks (2)

PARIS: Anthony Ensor, Jimmy Yobo, Théo Millet, Paul Williams, Romain Martial, Shane Geraghty, Clement Daguin, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Laurent Panis, Lorenzo Cittadini, PAUL GABRILLAGUES (C), Mathieu De Giovanni, Hugh Pyle, Matthieu Ugena, Sekou Macalou BENCH: Lucas Da Silva, Heinke Van der Merwe, Giorgi Melikidze, Zurabi Zhvania, Bakary Meité, Arthur Coville, Jules Plisson, Jonathan Danty

SCORERS T: Martial, van der Merwe, Nayacalevu, Ensor C: Geraghty (2), Plisson

Man of the Match: Ben Loader

Referee: Ian Tempest

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 5

Oyonnax OYONNAX 27 - 20 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Stade Charles Mathon - Friday 15 December 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 20-3 Att: 3,500

OYONNAX: Ulupano Seuteni, Silvere Tian, Vincent Lasmarrigues, Maxime Veau, Tim Giresse, Anthony Fuertes, Julien Audy, Khatchik Vartanov, Hika Elliot, Irakli Mirtskhulava, Geoffrey Fabbri, Simon Christian Njewel, Shay Kerry, BILEL TAIEB (C), Thibault Tauleigne BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Kevin Buys, Thomas Laclayat, Valentin Ursache, Luc Barba, James Hall, Bjorn Basson, Maxime Fucina

SCORERS T: Lasmarrigues, Audy, Ursache C: Audy (3) P: Audy (2)

WARRIORS: Ben Howard, Tom Howe, Chris Pennell, Max Stelling, Perry Humphreys, Sam Olver, Michael Dowsett, RYAN BOWER (C), Joe Taufete'e, Simon Kerrod, Pierce Phillips, Darren Barry, Huw Taylor, Andrew Durutalo, David Denton BENCH: Kurt Haupt, Gareth Milasinovich, Bi Alo, Alafoti Fa'osiliva, Matti Williams, Luke Baldwin, Jamie Shillcock, Josh Adams

SCORERS T: Olver, Fa'osiliva C: Olver (2) P: Olver (2) Yellow Card Taufete'e

Man of the Match: Julien Audy

Referee: Vlad Iordachescu

 

Connacht Rugby CONNACHT RUGBY 55 - 10 BRIVE Brive

The Sportsground - Saturday 16 December 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-10 Att: 5,572

CONNACHT: Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Pita Ahki, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, James Mitchell, Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, James Connolly, EOGHAN MASTERSON (C) BENCH: Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, James Cannon, John Muldoon, Kieran Marmion, Tom Farrell, Tiernan O'Halloran

SCORERS T: Healy (4), Carty, Marmion, Farrell C: Carty (7) P: Carty (2)

BRIVE: Gaëtan Germain, Nadir Megdoud, ARNAUD MIGNARDI (C), Benjamin Petre, Franck Romanet, Matthieu Ugalde, Florian Cazenave, Vivien Devisme, Mike Tadjer, Demba Bamba, Johan Snyman, Jan Uys, Péniami Narisia, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Etienne Herjean BENCH: Louis Martin, Karlen Asieshvili, James Johnston, Sisa Koyamaibole, Julien Le Devedec, David Delarue, Thomas Laranjeira, Guillaume Namy

SCORERS T: Germain C: Germain P: Germain Yellow Card Tadjer

Man of the Match: Matt Healy

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

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EPCR Round 3

EDINBURGH Rugby and La Rochelle are currently the only clubs in this season’s Challenge Cup and Champions Cup with a maximum 15 points. Following a comprehensive 50-20 win over London Irish, Edinburgh also lead the Challenge Cup try scoring charts with 23. Pool 3 leaders, Pau, as well as Connacht Rugby who top Pool 5, and Gloucester Rugby all registered away wins in Round 3.

In Pool 2, Cardiff Blues’ 24-0 defeat at Sale Sharks marked the first time that they failed to score in their 26 Challenge Cup matches to date. The 2010 winners have now lost their last six away games to Aviva Premiership opposition.

“It’s a tough one to take to be honest with you. It was pretty frustrating. Sale played the conditions better than us. Our kicking game let us down, the aerial battle. We just didn’t react to the conditions. We spoke as players and coaches straight after the game and we know where we went wrong. The good thing about these back-to-back games is you have got them at home next Sunday. We have to work on things and rectify them and make sure we turn up at home,” commented Cardiff Blues hooker, Matthew Rees.

The Toulouse wing, Wandile Mjekevu, leads the competition stats in the offloads (11) and clean breaks (7) categories after his side beat Lyon 30-23 at home.

Pool 3 saw Ruan Ackermann, son of Gloucester Rugby Head Coach, Johan Ackermann, scoring tries in his first two European appearances against Pau and Zebre Rugby Club.

“It’s a funny old game. We started obviously badly and were 14 points down so the positive is we came back from that and came away with a bonus point so we’ll take it but then again we let ourselves down. What we spoke about earlier in the week, the start against Pau, it was almost a replica. The only difference is we got back in the first half already instead of waiting to leave it until the end. It was a tough half-time to get the players ready but credit to the players they responded well and luckily finished well on the winning side.” Said Johan Ackermann of his team’s 33-26 win over Zebre.

Mathieu De Giovanni of Stade Français Paris is the competition’s leading tackler with 56, in Pool 4, after the Parisiens beat the Russians 39-24, while Krasny Yar’s Victor Gresev is the competition’s top carrier with 68 after three rounds. Meanwhile in Scotland, Edinburgh Rugby took London Irish to task with a solid 50-20 win.

 "I'm very happy, it was a good performance. Some great tries, some great attitude around how we wanted to play the game and we're starting to back that up. We're pleased with the performance, but still lots to work on. You have to put into context the opposition but we can't do a lot about that. We're winning more games than we're losing, we're playing some good rugby and we're growing our game which is really important for this club and this team. The Edinburgh team are slowly showing that they've got a bit about them,” reported Richard Cockerill, Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach after the game.

Connacht Rugby fly-half, Jack Carty, scored 23 points in the 38-31 win in Brive in Pool 5 while Ultan Dillane crossed for his first try in European competition. Carty’s impressive effort is still dwarfed by the club record of Paul Warwick who amassed 32 points against Narbonne in the 2004/05 season. Connacht Rugby Head Coach, Kieran Keane said of his team:

“Some really good performances. We made a few mistakes and we had trouble getting out of our 22 again. But all in all, Jack and a few of the other boys played well. We won't get too ahead of ourselves, we will deal with the next game, it is an important game as this one was for the Challenge Cup. We will just enjoy the moment. It's been some fairly tough times recently.”

RESULTS

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 1

Dragons DRAGONS 15 - 0 ENISEI-STMEnisei STM

Rodney Parade - Friday 08 December 2017
KO: 19:30 HT: 5-0 Att: 3,417

DRAGONS: Angus O'Brien, Pat Howard, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Jared Rosser, Arwel Robson, Dan Babos, Tom Davies, Liam Belcher, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, Rynard Landman, Aaron Wainwright, OLLIE GRIFFITHS (C), James Benjamin BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Luke Garrett, Sam Hobbs, James Sheekey, Ben Roach, Owain Leonard, Gavin Henson, Robson Blake

SCORERS T: Warren (2), Wainwright

ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, Richard Kingi, David Kacharava, Sergey Trishin, Federico Giliberti, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Evgeny Elgin, Vitalii Orlov, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Dmitry Krotov BENCH: Shamil Magomedov, Valery Morozov, Vladimir Podrezov, Anton Rudoi, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Dmitriy Simonov, Maxim Gargalic

Man of the Match: Dan Babos

Referee: Vlad Iordescu

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE 52 - 24 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

Kingston Park - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 15:15 HT: 38-17 Att: 3,857

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Alex Tait, Tom Penny, Josh Matavesi, Adam Radwan, Craig Willis, Sam Stuart, Sam Lockwood, Ben Sowrey, Scott Wilson, Calum Green, Will Witty, MARK WILSON (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Rob Vickers, Trevor Davison, Glen Young, Harrison Orr, Joel Hodgson,, Zach Kibirige

SCORERS T: Green, Radwan (2), Mark Wilson, Sowrey, Willis, Tait, Matavesi C: Willis (4), Hodgson (2)

BORDEAUX: Nans Ducuing, Geoffrey Cros, Pablo Uberti, Romain Lonca, Fa'asiu Fuatai, Matthieu Jalibert, YANN LESGOURGUES (C), Sébastien Taofifenua, Adrien Pélissié, Vadim Cobilas, Luke Jones, Cyril Cazeaux, Mahamadou Diaby, Alexandre Roumat, Leroy Houston BENCH: Ole Avei, Thierry Paiva, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Pierre Gayraud, Cameron Woki, Gauthier Doubrere, Ben Volavola, Julien Rey

SCORERS T: Lesgourgues, Jalibert, Cros C: Jalibert (2), Volavola P: Jalibert

Man of the Match: Will Witty

Referee: Ian Davies

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 2

ToulouseTOULOUSE 30 - 23 LYON Lyon Olympique Universitaire

Stade Ernest Wallon - Thursday 07 December 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 20-6 Att: 9,104

TOULOUSE: Yoann Huget, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Yann David, Sofiane Guitoune, Romain Ntamack, JEAN-MARC DOUSSAIN (C), Rodrigue Neti, Julien Marchand, Dorian Aldegheri, Florian Verhaeghe, Rynhardt Elstadt, Louis Madaule, Carl Axtens, Selevasio Tolofua BENCH: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Daniel Mienie, Maks Van Dyk, Joe Tekori, Semi Kunatani, Sébastien Bézy, Antoine Dupont, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Mjekevu (2), Huget, Guitoune C: Doussain (2) P: Doussain (2)

LYON: Quentin Gobet, Timilai Rokoduru, Theo Belan, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Jone Tuva, Mike Harris, JONATHAN PÉLISSIÉ (C), Hamza Kaabèche, Virgile Lacombe, Clément Ric, Josh Bekhuis, Francois van der Merwe, Dylan Cretin, Tanginoa Halaifonua, Deon Fourie BENCH: Enzo Pakihivatau, Stéphane Clement, Guram Papidze, Etienne Oosthuizen, Tai Tu’ifua, Adrien Seguret, Rudi Wulf, Frédéric Michalak

SCORERS T: Belan, Tuva C: Pelissié, Michalak P: Pelissié (3) Red Card Rokoduru

Man of the Match: Sofiane Guitoune

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 24 - 0 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-0 Att: 5,494

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Mark Jennings, Rohan Van Rensburg, Josh Charnley, AJ MacGinty, Will Cliff, Ross Harrison, Marc Jones, WillGriff John, George Nott, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Ben Curry, JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: Rob Webber, James Flynn, Alexandru Tarus, Matthew Postlethwaite, David Seymour, Faf De Klerk, Sam James, James O'Connor

SCORERS T: Cliff, Jones C: MacGinty P: MacGinty (4)

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Owen Lane, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo, Aled Summerhill, Gareth Anscombe, Lloyd Williams, Brad Thyer, MATTHEW REES (C), Anton Peikrishvili, George Earle, James Down, Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull, Nick Williams BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Corey Domachowski, Kieron Assiratti, Damian Welch, Sion Bennett, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Blaine Scully

Man of the Match: AJ MacGinty

Referee: Pierre Brousset

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 3

Agen AGEN 21 - 40 PAU Pau

Stade Armandie - Friday 08 December 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 14-21 Att: 4,547

AGEN: Loris Tolot, Lucas Tolot, Alban Conduche, Jérémy Russell, Valentin Saurs, Hugo Verdu, Lucas Rubio, Giorgi Tetrashvili, Paula Ngauamo, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Christiaan Van der Merwe, CORENTIN BRAENDLIN (C), Léo Ghirard, Marco Kotze, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Clément Martinez, Fernandez Correa, Kamaliele Tufele, Cédric Touchkaieff, Jessy Jegerlhener, Paul Abadie, Ryan Dubois, Johann Sadie

SCORERS T: Saurs, Qera (2) C: Verdu (3)

PAU: Mathias Colombet, Adrien Planté, Benson Stanley, Jale Vatubua, Bastien Pourailly, Brandon Fajardo, THIBAULT DAUBAGNA (C), Geoffrey Moise, Laurent Bouchet, Malik Hamadache, Fabrice Metz, Daniel Ramsay, Giovanni Habel Kuffner, Sean Dougall, Peter Saili BENCH: Lucas Rey, Jérémy Hurou, Matthew Tierney, Masalosalo Tutaia, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Christopher Kaiser, Antoine Hastoy, Florian Nicot

SCORERS T: Plante (2), Hamadache, Kueffner, Hurou, Dougall C: Daubagna (4), Hastoy Yellow Card Daubagna, Metz, Dougall

Man of the Match: Akapusi Qera

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY 28 - 33 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 19-14 Att: 2,500

ZEBRE: Matteo Minozzi, Ciaran Gaffney, Mattia Bellini, Tommaso Boni, Giovanbattista Venditti, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Oliviero Fabiani, Dario Chistolini, David Sisi, GEORGE BIAGI (C), Maxime Mbanda, Johan Meyer, Renato Giammarioli BENCH: Luhandre Luus, Cruze Ah-Nau, Eduardo Bello, Leonard Krumov, Jacopo Sarto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Matteo Pratichetti, Serafin Bordoli

SCORERS T: Meyer, Giammarioli, Boni, Gaffney C: Canna (2), Palazzani Yellow Card Bellini

GLOUCESTER: Tom Hudson, Charlie Sharples, Andy Symons, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy, Owen Williams, Ben Vellacott, Paddy McAllister, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, TOM SAVAGE (C), Mariano Galarza, Freddie Clarke, Jake Polledri, Ruan Ackermann BENCH: Henry Walker, Cameron Orr, Josh Hohneck, Jeremy Thrush, Lewis Ludlow, Willi Heinz, Billy Twelvetrees, Ollie Thorley

SCORERS T: Ackermann, Thorley (2), Williams, Hibbard C: Williams (4)

Man of the Match: Jake Polledri

Referee: Mike Adamson

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 4

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 39 - 24 KRASNY YARKrasny Yar

Stade Jean-Bouin - Friday 08 December 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-12 Att: 8,562

PARIS: Romain Martial, Jimmy Yobo, Théo Millet, Paul Williams, JULIEN ARIAS (C), Shane Geraghty, Charl McLeod, Heinke Van der Merwe, Laurent Panis, Paul Alo Emile, Mathieu De Giovanni, Hugh Pyle, Craig Burden, Matthieu Ugena, Bakary Meité BENCH: Lucas Da Silva, Eliès El Ansari, Lorenzo Cittadini, Giorgi Melikidze, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Clement Daguin, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Anthony Ensor

SCORERS T: Yobo (2), Fisi’ihoi, Martial, Arias C: Geraghty (3), Martial P: Geraghty (2)

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Sunia Latu, Giorgi Pruidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Valery Tsnobiladze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Aleksandr Khudiakov BENCH: Andrei Kondakov, Sione Fukofuka, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Egor Zykov, Oleg Prepelitse, Anton Riabov, Evgenii Kolomiitcev, Kirill Golosnitskii

SCORERS T: Pruidze, Latu C: Malaguradze P: Malaguradze (3) DG: Malaguradze

Man of the Match: Jimmy Yobo

Referee: Daniel Jones

 

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 50 - 20 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Myreside - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 19:35 HT: 26-10 Att: 3,560

EDINBURGH: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, Chris Dean, Phil Burleigh, Darcy Graham, Jaco van der Walt, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Darryl Marfo, STUART MCINALLY (C), Murray McCallum, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Rory Sutherland, Matt Shields, Lewis Carmichael, Jamie Ritchie, Sean Kennedy, Dougie Fife, Junior Rasolea

SCORERS T: McInally, Kinghorn, Burleigh (2), Hidalgo-Clyne, Graham, Rasolea, Kennedy C: van der Walt (3), Kinghorn (2) Yellow Card Sutherland

IRISH: Greig Tonks, Ben Ransom, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Williams, Ben Loader, Thomas Bell, Scott Steele, Gordon Reid, Saia Fainga'a, Manasa Saulo, William Lloyd, SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES (C), Jack Cooke, Max Northcote-Green, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Tom Woolstencroft, Harry Elrington, Lovejoy Chawatama, Josh Basham, Mike Coman, Ben Meehan, Theo Brophy Clews, Matt Williams

SCORERS T: Ransom, Coman, Meehan C: Tonks P: Bell Yellow Card Tonks

Man of the Match: Phil Burleigh

Referee: Sean Gallagher

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 5

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 35 - 14 OYONNAX Oyonnax

Sixways Stadium - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-11 Att: 6,520

WARRIORS: Ben Howard, Tom Howe, Dean Hammond, Max Stelling, Perry Humphreys, Sam Olver, Michael Dowsett, RYAN BOWER (C), Joe Taufete'e, Gareth Milasinovich, Pierce Phillips, Darren Barry, Huw Taylor, Andrew Durutalo, David Denton BENCH: Kurt Haupt, Simon Kerrod, Bi Alo, Alafoti Fa'osiliva, Matti Williams, Luke Baldwin, Jamie Shillcock, Chris Pennell

SCORERS T: Howe (2), Baldwin, Denton C: Olver (3) P: Olver (3)

OYONNAX: Silvere Tian, Axel Muller, Vincent Lasmarrigues, Maxime Veau, Tim Giresse, Christopher Ruiz, James Hall, Khatchik Vartanov, Hika Elliot, Irakli Mirtskhulava, Shay Kerry, Simon Christian Njewel, Luc Barba, BILEL TAIEB (C), Maurie Fa'asavalu BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Kevin Buys, Thomas Laclayat, Geoffrey Fabbri, Maxime Fucina, Julien Audy, Ulupano Seuteni, Manuel Leindekar Virginio

SCORERS T: Elliott P: Ruiz (3)

Man of the Match: Tom Howe

Referee: Frank Murphy

 

Brive BRIVE 31 - 38 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stade Amédée-Domenech - Saturday 09 December 2017
KO: 21:00 HT: 19-17 Att: 3,000

BRIVE: Gaëtan Germain, Nadir Megdoud, Sevanaia Galala, Benjamin Petre, Guillaume Namy, Thomas Laranjeira, Florian Cazenave, Julien Brugnaut, Mike Tadjer, Demba Bamba, Johan Snyman, Jan Uys, Poutasi Luafutu, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, PETRUS HAUMAN (C) BENCH: Louis Martin, Simon-Pierre Chauvac, James Johnston, Peet Marais, Fabien Sanconnie, David Delarue, Alfifeleti Mafi, Matthieu Ugalde

SCORERS T: Tadjer (2), Cazenave, Brugnaut, Namy C: Germain (3)

CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Pita Ahki, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, Eoghan Masterson, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, James Cannon, James Connolly, James Mitchell, Tom Farrell, Darragh Leader

SCORERS T: Dillane, Marmion, Carty, Kelleher C: Carty (3) P: Carty (4) Yellow Card Muldoon

Man of the Match: Mike Tadjer

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

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EPCR Round 2

AFTER two highly competitive rounds, Edinburgh Rugby are the only club with a maximum 10 points. Four clubs have two wins: Newcastle Falcons, Cardiff Blues, Pau and Connacht Rugby. There were a total of six away wins in Round 2 registered by Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Pau, Dragons and London Irish.

In Pool 1, Newcastle’s 21-20 success against Bordeaux-Bègles in front of a 17,211 attendance at Stade Chaban-Delmas was their first win in France since they defeated Albi in the 2009/10 season.

“We came in a little bit down at half-time but we just reiterated that if we were accurate the holes would open up for us to score. There were a couple of tries that went begging so we’re disappointed in some respects with the first half, but much happier with the second. Every game they’ve played this season Bordeaux have flown out of the blocks, and tonight was no different. They do it well, but it’s just having that longevity beyond 60 minutes that they struggle with. We knew that, we’d done our analysis and we just knew we had to stay in the game,” observed Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby. In Moscow, the Dragons’ 28-21 success against Enisei-STM was their 50th competition match.

The achievement of the round arguably goes to the Blues in Pool 2 who edged out Toulouse 17-15 at Stade Ernest Wallon after four previous defeats on French soil by the four-time European Cup winners.

"I can't stop smiling,” grinned Cardiff Blues captainKristian Dacey. “It was a massive win. It was a huge honour firstly, to captain the side. I've been here for seven years and I've always looked up to the guys who have gone before in the past. I said I will give 100 per cent to you but you have to give 100 per cent to me and as you saw on the field, the boys didn't leave anything out there. Toulouse picked a mental team when you actually look at it on paper but that just shows the belief we have in each other and the confidence we can use going forward."

Also in Pool 2, Sale Sharks’ Andrei Ostrikov leads the tackling statistics after two rounds with 39, despite their 24-27 loss to Lyon at the Matmut Stadium.

Pau moved to the top of the ranks in Pool 3 after dramatically came back from 17-0 down to get the better of Zebre Rugby Club at Stadio Lanfranchi, and have now won back-to-back fixtures in the competition for the first time since the 2004/05 season. Gloucester heaped a cherry and white-wash on Agen at Kingsholm, running in nine tries in front of a home crowd in their 61-16 win.

Pool 4 saw London Irish captain, Topsy Ojo was the star turn in an impressive 44-7 victory at Stade Français. Making a record 281st appearance for his club, Ojo scored twice to move up to 20 competition tries and joint second place on the all-time list with Richard Haughton. Holders Stade Français have made a disappointing start to the defence of their title with two defeats. However, last season, they lost two of their first three pool matches before going on to triumph in Edinburgh.

The same morning, in-form Edinburgh sent club records tumbling with their comprehensive 73-14 win over Krasny Yar in Moscow. 73 points was their highest score in the competition and 59 their biggest margin of victory. Their 10 tries and nine conversions were also club records. Krasny Yar back row, Victor Gresev, has made the most carries to date with an impressive 45.

“It was a great win for them last weekend so I thought our mentality towards the game was excellent – the travel, early kick-off and all those things. We started well and we kept the pressure on,’’ commented Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill.

Last but not least, in Pool 5, Brive racked up five tries over Oyonnax in a 38-13 home win on Friday night, while in Ireland on Saturday, Connacht kept Worcester Warriors in second place in the table with a narrow 15-8 win.

"I wouldn't call it a good performance, we got a good win,” reflectedKieran Keane, Connacht Rugby Head Coach. “I was pretty happy about the fact that we won, it probably would have been tragic had we had lost it but I thought it was a slip back, to be honest. I was a bit disappointed with our level. I thought we were a bit average compared to what we have been in the last couple of weeks. We made some changes and that was largely to freshen our squad and create competition that we want to have within the squad. People are getting opportunities but not everybody is taking them."

RESULT

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 21 - 28 DRAGONSDragons

Slava Stadium - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 0-14 Att: 800

ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, Jurijs Baranovs, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Igor Kurashov, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Maxim Gargalic, Anton Rudoy BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Valery Morozov, Vladimir Podrezov, Evgeny Elgin, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Sergey Trishin, Vitalii Orlov

SCORERS T: Selskii, PT, Rudoy C: Kushnarev (2)

DRAGONS: Hallam Amos, Jared Rosser, Tyler Morgan, Pat Howard, George Gasson, Angus O'Brien, Sarel Pretorius, Luke Garrett, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Joe Davies, CORY HILL (C), Aaron Wainwright, Ollie Griffiths, James Benjamin BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Tom Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, James Thomas, Charlie Davies, Gavin Henson, Adam Warren

SCORERS T: Hill, Rosser, Amos, Charlie Davies C: O'Brien (3), Henson

Man of the Match: Mikheil Gachechiladze

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX-BÈGLES 20 - 21 NEWCASTLE Newcastle Falcons

Stade Chaban-Delmas - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 18:30 HT: 17-7 Att: 17,211

BORDEAUX: Matthieu Jalibert, Nans Ducuing, Pablo Uberti, Apisai Naqalevu, Jean-Baptiste Dubié, Simon Hickey, Yann Lesgourgues, Sébastien Taofifenua, Adrien Pélissié, Vadim Cobilas, Luke Jones, JANDRÉ MARAIS (C), Marco Tauleigne, Alexandre Roumat, Leroy Houston BENCH: Ole Avei, Thierry Paiva, Marc Clerc, Johan Aliouat, Cameron Woki, Jules Gimbert, Christian Schoeman, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina

SCORERS T: Tauleigne, Taofifenua C: Hickey (2) P: Hickey (2) Yellow Card Dubie

FALCONS: Alex Tait, Chris Harris, Maxime Mermoz, Josh Matavesi, Adam Radwan, Toby Flood, Sam Stuart, Rob Vickers, Scott Lawson, Jon Welsh, Calum Green, Sean Robinson, WILL WELCH (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Ben Sowrey, Sami Mavinga, Scott Wilson, Glen Young, Mark Wilson, Micky Young, Cam Cowell, Craig Willis

SCORERS T: Burrows, Flood, Welsh C: Flood (3) Yellow Card Tait

Man of the Match: Yann Lesgourgues

Referee: Frank Murphy

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 2

Lyon Olympique UniversitaireLYON 27 - 24 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 19:30 HT: 10-14 Att: 12,863

Lyon Sale Sharks P2 Round 2

LYON: Delon Armitage, Jone Tuva, Theo Belan, Adrien Seguret, Alexis Palisson, Lionel Beauxis, Jonathan Pelissié, Alexandre Menini, Virgile Lacombe, Guram Papidze, Felix Lambey, Etienne Oosthuizen, JULIEN PURICELLI (C), Liam Gill, Tai Tu'ifua BENCH: Deon Fourie, Tornike Mataradze, Hamza Kaabèche, Hendrik Roodt, Virgile Bruni, Thibaut Regard, Rudi Wulf, Frederic Michalak

SCORERS T: Armitage, Gill, Belan C: Beauxis, Michalak (2) P: Beauxis, Michalak

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Sam James, Mark Jennings, Josh Charnley, James O'Connor, FAF DE KLERK (C), Ross Harrison, Rob Webber, WillGriff John, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Ben Curry, Sam Moore BENCH: Marc Jones, James Flynn, Alexandru Tarus, George Nott, Laurence Pearce, David Seymour, Will Cliff, Aaron Reed

SCORERS T: Solomona, James (2) C: de Klerk (3) P: de Klerk

Man of the Match: Liam Gill

Referee: Mike Adamson

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 15 - 17 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Stade Ernest Wallon - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 21:00 HT: 15-10 Att: 12,245

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune, JEAN-MARC DOUSSAIN (C), Antoine Dupont, Rodrigue Neti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Dorian Aldegheri, Piula Fa'asalele, Yoann Maestri, Semi Kunatani, Francois Cros, Gillian Galan BENCH: David Roumieu, Clément Castets, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, Rynhardt Elstadt, Sébastien Bézy, Romain Ntamack, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Ntamack, Dupont C: Ntamack P: Ntamack Yellow Card Elstadt

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Blaine Scully, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams, Corey Domachowski, KRISTIAN DACEY (C), Tau Filise, James Down, Damian Welch, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Nick Williams BENCH: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Olly Robinson, Lloyd Williams, Steven Shingler, Willis Halaholo

SCORERS T: Nick Williams, Cook C: Evans (2) P: Evans Yellow Card Cuthbert, Shingler

Man of the Match: Matthew Morgan

Referee: Tom Foley

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 3

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 61 - 16 AGENAgen

Kingsholm Stadium - Thursday 19 October 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 28-9 Att: 9,489

Gloucester Rugby Agen P3 Round 2

GLOUCESTER: Jason Woodward, Henry Purdy, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, David Halaifonua, Billy Burns, Ben Vellacott, Josh Hohneck, James Hanson, Gareth Denman, TOM SAVAGE (C), Charlie Beckett, Jake Polledri, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Morgan BENCH: Richard Hibbard, Cameron Orr, John Afoa, Freddie Clarke, Jacob Rowan, Willi Heinz, Billy Twelvetrees, Callum Braley

SCORERS T: Vellacott (2), Trinder, Morgan, Savage, Purdy, Williams, Hibbard, Polledri C: Burns (6), Williams

AGEN: Loris Tolot, Lucas Tolot, Alban Conduche, Ryan Dubois, Branden Holder, Jérémy Russell, Hugo Verdu, Meddih Ahaouche, Clément Martinez, Kamaliele Tufele, Christiaan van der Merwe, CORENTIN BRAENDLIN (C), Jessy Jegerlhener, Yoan Tanga, Léo Ghirard BENCH: Jordan Peyri, Oliver Butler, Corentin Chabeaudie, Cédric Touchkaieff, Pierre Fouyssac, Florian Lanave, Clément Farah, Valentin Saurs

SCORERS T: Holder C: Russell P: Verdu (3) Yellow Card Chabeaudie

Man of the Match: Ben Vellacott

Referee: Daniel Jones

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY CLUB 33 - 38 PAU Pau

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 30-7 Att: 1,700

ZEBRE: Ciaran Gaffney, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, TOMMASO CASTELLO (C), Giovanbattista Venditti, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Oliviero Fabiani, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, George Biagi, Derick Minnie, Johan Meyer, Giovanni Licata BENCH: Luhandre Luus, Andrea de Marchi, Roberto Tenga, Leonard Krumov, Jacopo Sarto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Serafin Bordoli, Gabriele Di Giulio

SCORERS T: Licata, Boni, Castello C: Canna (3) P: Canna (4) Yellow Card Bello

PAU: Charly Malie, Frank Halai, Florian Nicot, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Brandon Fajardo, Clovis Lebail, Geoffrey Moise, Lucas Rey, Lourens Adriaanse, FABRICE METZ (C), Masalosalo Tutaia, Ben Mowen, Paddy Butler, Peter Saili BENCH: Laurent Bouchet, Jamie Mackintosh, Sylvain Charlet, Daniel Ramsay, Pierrick Gunther, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Thibault Daubagna, Tom Taylor

SCORERS T: Votu, Saili, PT (2), Tagitagivalu C: Fajardo (2), Taylor P: Taylor

Man of the Match: Tommaso Castello

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 4

Krasny YarKRASNY YAR 14 - 73 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Fili Stadium - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 12:00 HT: 0-31 Att: 1,000

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Rushan Iagudin, Igor Galinovskiy, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Sione Fukofuka, Jaba Bregvadze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Alexander Ilin BENCH: Andrei Kondakov, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Egor Zykov, Aleksandr Khudyakov, Anton Ryabov, Evgeni Kolomiytsev, Kirill Golosnitskiy

SCORERS T: Kolomiytsev, Kondakov C: Malaguradze (2) Yellow Card Malaguradze, Artemyev, Garbuzov, Chaban

EDINBURGH: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Junior Rasolea, Tom Brown, Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Allan Dell, NEIL COCHRANE (C), WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Grant Gilchrist, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Crosbie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Stuart McInally, Darryl Marfo, Simon Berghan, Fraser McKenzie, Viliame Mata, Nathan Fowles, Chris Dean, Glenn Bryce

SCORERS T: Kinghorn (2), Hidalgo-Clyne, Carmichael, Cochrane, McCallum (2), McKenzie, McInally, PT C: Tovey (3), Hidalgo-Clyne (3), Kinghorn (3) P: Hidalgo-Clyne

Man of the Match: Evgeni Kolomiytsev

Referee: Thomas Charabas

 

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 7 - 44 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Stade Jean-Bouin - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 7-24 Att: 5,666

London Irish Stade Francais P4

PARIS: Shane Geraghty, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Paul Williams, Jonathan Danty, Jimmy Yobo, Jules Plisson, Charl McLeod, Eliès El Ansari, REMI BONFILS (C), Paul Alo Emile, Paul Gabrillagues, Alexandre Flanquart, Antoine Burban, Hugh Pyle, Bakary Meïte BENCH: Maxime Gau, Zurabi Zhvania, Lorenzo Cittadini, Mathieu De Giovanni, Charlie Francoz, Arthur Coville, Morné Steyn, Anthony Ensor

SCORERS T: Meite C: Plisson Yellow Card Yobo

IRISH: Ben Ransom, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Williams, TOPSY OJO (C), Theo Brophy Clews, Ben Meehan, Harry Elrington, Tom Woolstencroft, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, Filo Paulo, Max Northcote-Green , Conor Gilsenan, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Josh McNally, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Scott Steele, Jacob Atkins, Fergus Mulchrone

SCORERS T: Gilsenan, Ojo (2), Meehan, Chawatama, Ransom, Steele C: Brophy Clews (2), Atkins P: Brophy Clews Yellow Card Meehan

Man of the Match: Filo Paulo

Referee: Vlad Iordachescu

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 5

Brive BRIVE 38 - 13 OYONNAX Oyonnax

Stade Amédée-Domenech - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 19:00 HT: 31-3 Att: 4,500

BRIVE: Gaëtan Germain, Benito Masilevu, Felix Le Bourhis, Benjamin Petre, Franck Romanet, Thomas Laranjeira, Florian Cazenave, Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Thomas Acquier, Damien Jourdain, Julien Le Devedec, Jan Uys, Péniami Narisia, Fabien Sanconnie, PETRUS HAUMAN (C) BENCH: Mike Tadjer, Julien Brugnaut, Soso Bekoshvili, James Johnston, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Samuel Marques, Arnaud Mignardi, Benjamin Lapeyre

SCORERS T: Hauman, Jourdain (2), Laranjeira, Mignardi C: Germain (4), Laranjeira P: Germain

OYONNAX: Silvere Tian, Daniel Ikpefan, Ulupano Seuteni, ROIMATA HANSELL-PUNE (C), Axel Muller, Anthony Fuertes, Julien Audy, Khatchik Vartanov, Hika Elliot, Kevin Buys, Manuel Leindekar Virginio, Simon Christian Njewel, Luc Barba, Shay Kerry, Maurie Fa'asavalu BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Giorgi Vepkhvadze, Pietro Ceccarelli, Geoffrey Fabbri, James Hall, Jose Lima, Bilel Taieb, Kilian Bendjaballah

SCORERS T: Fuertes, Seuteni P: Audy

Man of the Match: Damian Jourdain

Referee: David Wilkinson

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 15 - 8 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

The Sportsground - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-0 Att: 3,879

Connacht Rugby Worcester Warriors P5

CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, Denis Buckley, David Heffernan, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, James Connolly, EOGHAN MASTERSON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Cillian Gallagher, Jarrad Butler, Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson, Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Masterson, Healy C: Carty P: Carty

WARRIORS: Chris Pennell, Tom Howe, Wynand Olivier, Jackson Willison, Josh Adams , Jono Lance, Jonny Arr, Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton , Gareth Milasinovich, Pierce Phillips, Will Spencer, David Denton, Alafoti Fa'osiliva, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Matti Williams, Ryan Bower, Simon Kerrod, Donncha O'Callaghan, Huw Taylor, Michael Dowsett, Sam Olver, Perry Humphreys

SCORERS T: Adams P: Lance

Man of the Match: Eoghan Masterson

Referee: Ian Davies

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EPCR Round 1

ROUND 1 honours undoubtedly went to competition debutants, Krasny Yar, who sensationally defeated holders, Stade Français, 34-29 in Krasnoyarsk. Stade Français took two losing bonus points away from their defeat by Krasny Yar in Siberia. Krasny Yar’s two-try hero, flanker Victor Gresev, topped the Round 1 statistics charts for Carries with an impressive 23. Stade Français second row, Mathieu Di Giovanni, made the most tackles in Round 1 with 29.

There were three away wins in Round 1 registered by Bordeaux-Bègles against Enisei-STM, by Edinburgh Rugby at London Irish and by Connacht Rugby against Oyonnax.

Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby was not overly impressed with his team’s win in Pool 1: “We were inaccurate in certain areas, we had four new starters in key positions and that does make a difference. Perhaps we tried to push it a little too much at times. The Dragons aren’t a bad side and we handed them a few chances, plus we didn’t capitalise on a few of our own. Ordinarily we wouldn’t do that, but we pulled through in the end and just about got the job done.” Newcastle Falcons 32-27 Dragons

In Pool 2, Cardiff Blues’ first try by second row George Earle in their bonus point win over TOP 14 leaders, Lyon, was the club’s 100th in the Challenge Cup.

"The first half was quite fluid and we actually got what we wanted out of it but the second half was a bit stop-start and the injury to our prop (Anton Peikrishvili) slowed things down a little bit and we couldn't get going. We were playing with 14, them having two yellow cards and it's a difficult to get rhythm, uncontested scrums as well but what is pleasing is we still managed to get the bonus-point win,” said Josh Turnbull, Cardiff Blues No 8 | Cardiff Blues 29-19 Lyon.

Sale Sharks’ dramatic 20-20 draw with Toulouse in Pool 2 was their second stalemate in 76 Challenge Cup matches. The only previous draw was against Montpellier in the 2007/08 season.

"I'm proud of the lads. It was a good performance in that second half and I'm glad that we have not lost at home so I'm pretty chuffed really. I suppose we have got to be happy with a draw in the end. We didn't play particularly well in the first half but I thought we adapted well after the break. They didn't look like scoring in the second half and with the rub of the green on a couple of decisions we might have sneaked it. We are good at home and the challenge for us now is to go to Lyon next week and put in another performance like that against a side that are top of the French league. Our ambition is to get to the next stage of the competition. To do that you have to win your homes games so we need to pick up something away from home next week," commented Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby | Sale Sharks 20-20 Toulouse.

Pau’s 27-21 victory over Gloucester Rugby in Pool 3 was their first win in the competition after 13 defeats in a row. Gloucester’s losing bonus point reversal at Stade du Hameau was the first time the club has lost in Round 1 since 2010 when they were defeated at Agen. Meanwhile, the French side, Agen ran in seven tries against a lacklustre Zebre Rugby Club at Stade Armandie winning 45-10.

After Krasny Yar secured their shock win in Russia in Pool 4, Edinburgh Rugby made light work of putting London Irish to the sword in Reading, England securing a 37-14 win.

"We scored three nice tries in the first half. We got a little static in the second half and sat back a bit, but in the end we scored another two tries and it was a good impact from the guys. It's good to get guys game-time and for me as a new coach it gives me the opportunity to see them playing, see how they operate. There was some really good handling, we're starting to actually play ball in hand, we're starting to threaten teams, which is important, "beamed Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, Richard Cockerill.

USA hooker, Joe Taufete’e, scored three tries for Worcester in their 30-20 win over Brive at Sixways in Pool 5, while Kieran Keane, Connacht Rugby Head Coach was thrilled with his team’s 43-15 away result against Oyonnax: “Really pleased, a long time coming. It’s great for us, a new competition the Challenge Cup, gives us another aspiration. We are disappointed about our narrow losses obviously, but you can’t turn it back, so looking forward is what we are all about. The challenge is for us to back it up. The changing room was indicative, a noisy little session, nobody with their heads down – that is the momentum we were searching for, so foolish not to make use of it.”

Eight clubs have a maximum five points going into Round 2 – Bordeaux-Bègles, Newcastle Falcons, Cardiff, Agen, Edinburgh, Krasny Yar, Connacht and Worcester Warriors.

RESULTS

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 17 - 57 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

Krasny Yar Stadium - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-29 Att: 3,600

ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, Jurijs Baranovs, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Denis Simplikevich, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Andrey Temnov, Vitalii Orlov, Maxim Gargalic BENCH: Shamil Magomedov, Valery Morozov, Evgenii Pronenko, Anton Rudoi, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Aleksei Mikhaltsov, Evgeny Elgin

SCORERS T: Baranovs, Selskii C: Kushnarev (2) DG: Gaisin Yellow Card Krasylnyk

BORDEAUX: Darly Domvo, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, JEAN-BAPTISTE DUBIÉ (C), Pablo Uberti, Iban Etcheverry, Matthieu Jalibert, Gauthier Doubrere, Thierry Paiva, Ole Avei, Ravai Kovekalou, Johan Aliouat, Cyril Cazeaux, Alexandre Roumat, Hugh Chalmers, Marco Tauleigne BENCH: Florian Dufour, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Lasha Tabidze, Pierre Gayraud, Cameron Woki, Kitione Kamikamica, Yann Lesgourgues, Christian Schoeman

SCORERS T: Roumat, Ravai, Cazeaux, Dubie (2), Jalibert, Lesgourgues, Kamikamica C: Jalibert (4), Schoeman (3)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 32 - 27 DRAGONSDragons

Kingston Park - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 15-6 Att: 4,052

Newcastle Falcons Dragons P1 Round 1

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Alex Tait, Maxime Mermoz, Toby Flood, Adam Radwan, Joel Hodgson, Sam Stuart, Rob Vickers, Ben Sowrey, Trevor Davison, Will Witty, Sean Robinson, MARK WILSON (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Adam Brocklebank, Scott Wilson, Glen Young, Will Welch, Ruaridh Dawson, Cam Cowell, Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Vickers, Radwan, Graham, Mark Wilson C: Flood (3) P: Flood (2)

DRAGONS: Will Talbot-Davies, Ashton Hewitt, Jared Rosser, Adam Warren, George Gasson, Angus O'Brien, Sarel Pretorius, Luke Garrett, Liam Belcher, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Aaron Wainwright, OLLIE GRIFFITHS (C), James Benjamin BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Tom Davies, Brok Harris, Rynard Landman, James Thomas, Owain Leonard, Gavin Henson, Pat Howard

SCORERS T: Landman, Hewitt, Howard C: O'Brien (3) P: O'Brien (2)

Referee: Pierre Brousset

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 2

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 29 - 19 LYON Lyon Olympique Universitaire

Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 19:00 HT: 14-0 Att: 5,691

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Blaine Scully, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Alex Cuthbert, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams, Corey Domachowski, MATTHEW REES (C), Dillon Lewis, George Earle, Seb Davies, Macauley Cook, Olly Robinson, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Anton Peikrishvili, James Down, Josh Navidi, Lewis Jones, Steven Shingler, Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Earle, Williams, Cook, Lee-Lo C: Evans (3) P: Shingler Yellow Card Dacey

LYON: Delon Armitage, Timilai Rokoduru, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Adrien Seguret, Jone Tuva, Piero Dominguez, Baptiste Couilloud, Tornike Mataradze, Deon Fourie, Richard Choirat, Etienne Oosthuizen, FRANCOIS VAN DER MERWE (C), Tanginoa Halaifonua, Theophile Cotte, Virgile Bruni BENCH: Virgile Lacombe, Hamza Kaabèche, Guram Papidze, Josh Bekhuis, Felix Lambey, Theo Belan, Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Jonathan Pelissié 

SCORERS T: Bruni, Barassi, Tuva C: Dominguez, Pelissié Yellow Card Rokoduru, Oosthuizen

Referee: Frank Murphy

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 20 - 20 TOULOUSE Toulouse

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 10-14 Att: 5,474

Sale Sharks Toulouse P2 Round 1

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Luke James, Mark Jennings, Josh Charnley, James O'Connor, Faf De Klerk, Ross Harrison, Rob Webber, Halani Aulika, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Ben Curry, JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: Marc Jones, James Flynn, Willgriff John, George Nott, Laurence Pearce, David Seymour, Will Cliff, Aaron Reed

SCORERS T: Solomona, Evans C: de Klerk (2) P: de Klerk (2)

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Jean-Marc Doussain, Sébastien Bézy, Daniel Mienie, Julien Marchand, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, PIULA FA'ASALELE (C), Kunatani Kunabuli, Rynhardt Elstadt, Francois Cros BENCH: David Roumieu, Rodrigue Neti, Clément Castets, Gillian Galan, Carl Axtens, Selevasio Tolofua, Romain Ntamack, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Kunatani, Bézy C: Bézy (2) P: Bézy (2)

Referee: David Wilkinson

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 3

Pau PAU 27 - 21 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Stade du Hameau - Thursday 12 October 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 14-0 Att: 8,600

Pau Gloucester Rugby P3 Round 1

PAU: Romain Buros, Frank Halai, Julien Fumat, Benson Stanley, Bastien Pourailly, Colin Slade, THIBAULT DAUBAGNA (C), Geoffrey Moise, Lucas Rey, Lourens Adriaanse, Dave Foley, Masalosalo Tutaia, Daniel Ramsay, Ben Mowen, Paddy Butler BENCH: Laurent Bouchet, Jérémy Hurou, Malik Hamadache, Fabrice Metz, Sean Dougall, Clovis Lebail, Brandon Fajardo, Florian Nicot

SCORERS T: Ramsay, Slade, Halai C: Slade (2), Fajardo P: Slade (2)

GLOUCESTER: Tom Hudson, Henry Purdy, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, David Halaifonua, Owen Williams, Callum Braley, Paddy McAllister, Motu Matu'u, Josh Hohneck, TOM SAVAGE (C), Tom Denton, Jake Polledri, Jacob Rowan, Freddie Clarke BENCH: James Hanson, Val Rapava Ruskin, Gareth Denman, Ruan Ackermann, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Vellacott, Billy Burns, Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Ackermann, Vellacott, Purdy C: Williams (3)

Referee: George Clancy

 

AgenAGEN 45 - 10 ZEBRE RUGBY CLUBZebre

Stade Armandie - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 18-3 Att: 2,487

AGEN: Clément Laporte, Lucas Tolot, Johann Sadie, Pierre Fouyssac, Nicolas Metge, Mathieu Lamoulie, Lucas Rubio, Kamaliele Tufele, Paula Ngauamo, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Denis Marchois, Corentin Braendlin, Yoan Tanga, Marco Kotze, ANTOINE MIQUEL (C) BENCH: Clément Martinez, Fernandez Correa, Corentin Chabeaudie, Christiaan van der Merwe, Jessy Jegerlhener, Hugo Verdu, Alban Conduche, Jérémy Russell

SCORERS T: Ngauamo, Miquel, Sadie, Fouyssac, Lamoulie (2), Conduche C: Lamoulie, Russell P: Lamoulie (2)

ZEBRE: Ciaran Gaffney, Gabriele Di Giulio, Matteo Pratichetti, Faialaga Afamasaga, Giovanbattista Venditti, Serafin Bordoli, Guglielmo Palazzani, Andrea de Marchi, Luhandre Luus, Eduardo Bello, Leonard Krumov, Valerio Bernabo, JACOPO SARTO (C), Johan Meyer, Derick Minnie BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea Lovotti, Roberto Tenga, David Sisi, Giovanni Licata, Marcello Violi, Maicol Azzolini, Tommaso Boni

SCORERS T: Sarto C: Palazzani P: Palazzani Yellow Card Palazzani, Meyer

Referee: Ian Tempest

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 4

Krasny YarKRASNY YAR 34 - 29 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

Krasny Yar Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-17 Att: 3,600

Krasny Yar Stade Francais P4 Round 1

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Igor Galinovskiy, Giorgi Pruidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Sione Fukofuka, Valeriy Tsnobiladze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Oleg Prepelitse BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Alexander Ilin, Aleksandr Khudiakov, Rushan Iagudin, Evgenii Kolomiitcev, Kirill Golosnitskii

SCORERS T: Bitiev, Gresev (2), Fukofuka, Mahu C: Malaguradze (3) P: Malaguradze Yellow Card Golosnitskiy

PARIS: Anthony Ensor, JULIEN ARIAS (C), Théo Millet, Paul Williams, Jimmy Yobo, Shane Geraghty, Terry Bouhraoua, Zurabi Zhvania, Craig Burden, Giorgi Melikidze, Steevy Cerqueira, Mathieu De Giovanni, Charlie Francoz, Sylvain Nicolas, Bakary Meïte BENCH: Lucas Da Silva, Eliès El Ansari, Lorenzo Cittadini, Hugh Pyle, Maxime Gau, Arthur Coville, Jules Plisson, Karim Qadiri

SCORERS T: Arias (2), Ensor, Bouhraoua, Qadiri C: Geraghty (2)

Referee: Ian Davies

 

London IrishLONDON IRISH 14 - 37 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-20 Att: 4,099

IRISH: Ben Ransom, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Wililams, TOPSY OJO (C), Theo Brophy Clews, Ben Meehan, Harry Elrington, Tom Woolstencroft, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, Josh McNally, Max Northcote-Green, Conor Gilsenan, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Jack Cooke, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Scott Steele, Jacob Atkins, Ben Loader

SCORERS T: Hoskins P: Brophy Clews (3) Yellow Card Gilsenan

EDINBURGH: Glenn Bryce, Dougie Fife, Chris Dean, Junior Rasolea, Damien Hoyland, Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, FRASER MCKENZIE (C), Ben Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Darryl Marfo, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Luke Crosbie, Nathan Fowles, Tom Brown, Jason Harries

SCORERS T: Hoyland, Rasolea (2), Ritchie, Crosbie C: Tovey, Hidalgo-Clyne (2) P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2)

Referee: Dan Jones

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 30 - 20 BRIVEBrive

Sixways Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-10 Att: 6,728

Worcester Warriors Brive P5 Round 1

WARRIORS: Chris Pennell, Tom Howe, Wynand Olivier, Ben Te'o, Perry Humphreys, Jamie Shillcock, Jonny Arr, Ethan Waller, Joe Taufete'e, Gareth Milasinovich, Christian Scotland-Williamson, Pierce Phillips, Huw Taylor, Sam Lewis, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Jack Singleton, Ryan Bower, Bi Alo, Darren Barry, Matti Williams, Michael Dowsett, Jono Lance, Dean Hammond

SCORERS T: Taufete'e (3), Waller C: Lance (2) P: Lance (2)

BRIVE: Guillaume Namy, Benito Masilevu, Felix Le Bourhis, Benjamin Petre, Nadir Megdoud, Matthieu Ugalde, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Vivien Devisme, Thomas Acquier, Soso Bekoshvili, Jan Uys, Sisa Koyamaibole, SAID HIRECHE (C), Péniami Narisia, Retief Marais BENCH: Mike Tadjer, Julien Brugnaut, Damien Jourdain, James Johnston, Louis Martin, Florian Cazenave, Arnaud Mignardi, Franck Romanet

SCORERS T: Namy (2), Brugnaut C: Ugalde P: Ugalde Yellow Card Martin

Referee: Sean Gallagher

 

OyonnaxOYONNAX 15 - 43 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stade de Genève - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 15-22 Att: 3,500

OYONNAX: Silvere Tian, Tim Giresse, Ulupano Seuteni, ROIMATA HANSELL-PUNE (C), Axel Muller, Christopher Ruiz, Julien Audy, Giorgi Vepkhvadze, Benjamin Geledan, Irakli Mirtskhulava, Geoffrey Fabbri, Simon Christian Njewel, Bilel Taieb, Valentin Ursache, Maurie Fa'asavalu BENCH: Guilhem Bourgois, Vincent Debaty, Thomas Laclayat, Shay Kerry, Mickaël Romera, Anthony Fuertes, Jérémy Scalese, Romain Gauthier

SCORERS T: Tian, Müller C: Audy P: Ruiz

CONNACHT: Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Eoin Griffin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Andrew Deegan, Caolin Blade, Denis Coulson, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, Eoin McKeon, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, James Connolly, Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson, Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Healy (2), Kelleher, McKeon, Leader C: Deegan (3) P: Deegan (4)

Referee: Tom Foley

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Pools

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Schedule

POOL STAGE DATES
Round 1: 12/13/14/15 October
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 October
Round 3: 7/8/9/10 December
Round 4: 14/15/16/17 December
Round 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018
Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018

QUARTER-FINALS
29/30/31 March - 1 April 2018

SEMI-FINALS
20/21/22 April 2018

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Friday 11 May 2018 San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL
Saturday 12 May 2018 San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

European Rugby Finals Bilbao 2018

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