Grand Stade de Lyon - Friday 13 May 2016
KO: 21:00 HT: 9-13 Att: 28,556
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Harlequins v Montpellier Can Quins shake off recent poor form & win a 4th time? Or is it Montpellier's moment?
Harlequins v Montpellier John Lacey's the ref as the teams come out to fanfare...
Harlequins v Montpellier A minute's silence for England & Quins' Seb Adeniran-Olule killed in car accident at 20
Harlequins v Montpellier Quins all wearing makeshift black armbands, & have vowed to play for one of their own
Harlequins 0-0 Montpellier 1m Finally we have KO from Montpellier & Quins possession in own 22
Harlequins 0-0 Montpellier 2m Montpellier knock on & Quins have 1st scrum on halfway after Danny Care neat clear
Harlequins 0-0 Montpellier 2m Scrum is reset & Quins have the penalty which Nick Evans thumps to touch
Harlequins 0-0 Montpellier 3m Quins lineout just outside Montpellier's 22; forced back but penalty to Quins at breakdown
Harlequins 3-0 Montpellier 4m Nev tees up from out wide on the 10m & it's solid from the returning fly half
Harlequins 3-0 Montpellier 5m Good restart for Montpellier & grubber over whitewash but Marland Yarde saves
Harlequins 3-0 Montpellier 6m Montpellier (MHR) have a 5m attacking scrum...& they win the penalty
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 7m Demetri Catrakilis tees up from almost touch just outside 22 & he's also on form
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 8m Both teams bringing it, MHR slowing things down at breakdown & Quins fierce & hungry
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 9m Another lineout for Quins this time on halfway & Nev kicks it well for territory...
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 10m But huge effort from MHR at breakdown in own 22 & they steal & clear Quins way back
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 11m But MHR pinged for offside still in own half; ref calls over captains for a word
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 11m DC & Fulgence Ouedraogo told to go have words with Mike Brown & Jannie du Plessis
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 12m Quins penalty but Nev fluffs it this time so score stays level
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 13m Huge scrum from MHR as it looks like they're running rings round Quins but...
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 14m ...but Quins are awfully clever & while it's still driving round, they steal it
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 15m Suddenly it's a Quins scrum again, in own half, it's cleared & the kicking begins
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 16m It's time off & chats are had as the drums beat in Native American fashion
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 17m Time on & MHR drive like bulldozers into the Quins 22 but DC clears it away
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 18m MHR get to it before DC can & Quins are back up near halfway in possession
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 19m The du Plessis' are all over the breakdowns, Bismarck in particular...
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 20m MHR defensive scrum but it collapses before the put in...
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 20m Time off for a sec before the reset & DC being awfully mischievous in disruption
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 20m Time off as Adam Jones gets treatment; Jesse Mogg already replaced Benjamin Fall
Harlequins 3-3 Montpellier 21m Excellent work from MHR as they go wide & forward in unison...
Harlequins 3-8 Montpellier 22m ...& a Joe Gray missed tackle allows them to head into 22 for Mogg to score
Harlequins 3-10 Montpellier 23m Catrakilis unsurprisingly adds extras & have a good lead going into 2nd quarter
Harlequins 3-10 Montpellier 25m Quins not playing badly; DC is excellent but they need to step it up still...
Harlequins 3-10 Montpellier 26m Nick Easter looks unimpressed as Quins pinged for offside at breakdown on halfway
Harlequins 3-10 Montpellier 27m Easter's ire is justified as ref Lacey gets right in the way blocking him!
Harlequins 3-10 Montpellier 27m Don't expect Barnes/Owens calibre of reffing from John Lacey.
Harlequins 3-13 Montpellier 28m James Horwill gets pinged for 5th penalty from Quins & Catrakilis punishes them
Harlequins 3-13 Montpellier 29m Bismarck dP is being as waspish as DC at the breakdown...but MHR more successful at it
Harlequins 3-13 Montpellier 30m MHR have defensive scrum outside own 22 but Quins do good & win penalty
Harlequins 3-13 Montpellier 31m Chris Robshaw getting heavily involved in that operation; Nev tees up...
Harlequins 6-13 Montpellier 32m Nev doubles the Quins score & reduces chasm to just a converted score
Harlequins 6-13 Montpellier 33m But MHR playing catch up on the penalty front as they hand over another to Nev
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 34m Nev doesn't falter again and has Quins right back in touch...
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 36m Not best work from either but MHR do just enough to drag Luke Wallace into touch
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 37m But Tim Visser puts in the work - twice - to clear MHR away from 22
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 38m MHR defensive lineout on the 10m; make it over halfway but Quins slowing it down
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 38m Nic White grubbers thru but into Quins' hands & pushed back to halfway
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 39m White chips thru for Quins lineout on own 22 but didn't need to with such good hands
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 40m lineout is fine but DC quickly kicks it into touch for HT
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier HT P: Evans (3) | T: Mogg C: Catrakilis P: Catrakilis (2)
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 41m We're back & Quins need to do a whole lot more at breakdown if they're to stay in it
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 42m And they do...ball stolen at the breakdown & Nev clears for territory...
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 43m Crowd so loud that Timoci Nagusa doesn't hear whistle & charges to tryline to score
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 43m But the penalty is Quins' way back at the MHR 22 almost in front of posts
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 44m But Nev misses it! Meanwhile Benoît Paillaugue replaces Nic White
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 45m For all the early Quins momentum, they're obviously getting fraught now...
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 45m Brownie knock on but regains ball & neat pass to Yarde but he's isolated & turned
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 46m MHR take advantage & drive right into the Quins 22 with all involved...pushing
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 47m A foot slip prevents the try but possession is all MHR's only a metre short
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 48m Can't score under posts so go wide & Paillaugue offloads to Mogg for corner try
Harlequins 9-13 Montpellier 48m Not an offload but a chip overhead; ref goes to TMO for try/no try & grounding
Harlequins 9-18 Montpellier 49m Clear try & is given. Not surprising for team coached by RWC-winning Jake White
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 50m Catrakilis pops over the acute-angled conversion from touch for 11 point lead
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 50m Kyle Sinckler replaces Jones as Quins have lineout on halfway it's good...
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 51m Quins make some yards before kicked & MHR send it back; Yarde runs it back...
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 52m Quins win penalty at breakdown despite Sinckler isolated thanks to Mikheil Nariashvili
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 53m But good work from MHR & they have defensive lineout in their 22 - v proficient
Harlequins 9-20 Montpellier 54m MHR do enough to end up at Quins' 22 & win a penalty which Catrakilis tees up
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 55m Catrakilis shuffles his team ahead further for 14 point lead
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 56m Quins in possession as Jack Clifford on for Wallace but they've a long way to go
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 56m Time off for treatment & Dave Ward for Gray before MHR scrum...
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 57m Penalty goes to MHR as Bismarck dP has his shirt ripped impressively!
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 57m Time off for shirt change then quick lineout for MHR as they drive up to halfway...
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 58m MHR are all over this game while Quins are struggling not in impressive fashion
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 59m Another massive drive from MHR carries them over halfway but...
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 60m ...ball is lost & Quins do what they're good at when they gather momentum...
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 61m Excellent hands & teamwork speed Quins into MHR 22...but Visser knocks it on!
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 62m Quick treatment before MHR have defensive scrum in own 22; Paillaugue clears
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 63m Quins come back and start building phases towards MHR 22...but turned again
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 64m Perfect sunshiny day in Lyon has descended in to rain as Quins' hopes drown...
Harlequins 9-23 Montpellier 66m Another penalty gifted in lineout as Quins play jumper - Catrakilis tees up
Harlequins 9-26 Montpellier 67m The fly half maintains his 100% record in the pouring rain; changes afoot
Harlequins 9-26 Montpellier 68m Watremez, Ebersohn, Galletier & Kubriashvili for Nariashvili, Tuitavake, Spies & Jannie dP
Harlequins 9-26 Montpellier 70m Ben Botica replaces Nev while Quins start to turn the tables on MHR...
Harlequins 9-26 Montpellier 70m Despite Robbo being isolated, they regroup & force advantage; Brownie grubbers..
Harlequins 14-26 Montpellier 71m ...and Yarde finally gets his deserved score after so much effort
Harlequins 16-26 Montpellier 72m Botica doesn't fail the team & kicks over conversion, reducing deficit to 10
Harlequins 16-26 Montpellier 73m Only 7 minutes to go & Quins need a miracle tho heads are up now...
Harlequins 16-26 Montpellier 75m Quins scrum on halfway is good & momentum is building; but time off for Ouedraogo
Harlequins 16-26 Montpellier 76m DC decides on 22 lineout so gets Botica to kick it far...
Harlequins 16-26 Montpellier 76m Quins retain lineout ball & a knock on from MHR puts Botica in front of posts...
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 77m Quins need converted try & penalty to draw; latter is quickly in bag
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 78m Botica kicks huge into MHR 22 from own to Akapusi Qera...
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 79m Just as Quins find momentum again, handbags break out & Lacey does a bad job
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 79m Takes Lacey an age to bring it back under control from Sinckler's fireworks
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 79m The penalty is MHR's & Catrakilis takes his time...
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 80m MHR won't let go of ball that DC needs to continue play..finally gets it but...
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 80m ...Botica stupidly kicks the ball away into MHR 22 after all that hard work!
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier 80m Mogg collects it & thumps ball into crowd for the title with Quins devastated
Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier FT Montpellier deservedly tournament winners; Quins just didn't step & let it slip
HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 George Lowe 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Nick Easter 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 Sam Twomey 4 James Horwill 3 Adam Jones 2 Joe Gray 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Mark Lambert 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Mat Luamanu 20 Jack Clifford 21 Karl Dickson 22 Ben Botica 23 Ross Chisholm
SCORERS T: Yarde C: Botica P: Evans (3), Botica
MONTPELLIER: 15 Benjamin Fall 14 Timoci Nagusa 13 Anthony Tuitavke 12 Frans Steyn 11 Marvin O’Connor 10 Demetri Catrakilis 9 Nic White 8 Pierre Spies 7 Akapusi Qera 6 FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C) 5 Paul Willemse 4 Jacques Du Plessis 3 Jannie Du Plessis 2 Bismarck Du Plessis 1 Mikheil Nariashvili BENCH: 16 Mickael Ivaldi 17 Yvan Watremez 18 Davit Kubriashvili 19 Sitaleki Timani 20 Kelian Galletier 21 Benoît Paillaugue 22 Robert Ebersohn 23 Jesse Mogg
SCORERS T: Mogg (2) C: Catrakilis (2) P: Catrakilis (4)
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU) Asst Referees: Marius Mitrea (FIR), Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU) TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU) Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (IRFU)
The Twickenham Stoop - Friday 22nd April 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-6 Att: 10,563
HARLEQUINS stormed into their fourth European Rugby Challenge Cup final with three try victory over Grenoble that earned them the first ticket to the Grand Stade de Lyon in May.
Jamie Roberts, Nick Evans and George Lowe all crossed to secure their place in the final, although they were given a tough task at the Twickenham Stoop by a gutsy Grenoble side who threatened to pull off a shock.
Quins will face Montpellier in France on Friday, May 13. Harlequins had won three of their previous four appearances in Challenge Cup semi-finals and made a perfect start as they chased a 10th successive win on home soil in the tournament.
A powerful scrum from Joe Marler and Adam Jones handed Botica an early penalty that he easily swept over. Then the outside half started the move that ended with Heineken Man of the Match Roberts storming over for the first try in the 12th minute.
Botica's long pass released Tim Visser on the left wing and from a ruck 10 metres out the Quins skipper Danny Care picked out Roberts on a trademark burst from midfield. He brushed aside two defenders, crossed the line and ended the move with a swallow dive in celebration.
Botica converted and swiftly cancelled out Jonathan Wisniewski's kick with a second penalty of his own. It all added to a terrible start for Grenoble, who also lost both prop Dayna Edwards and centre Nigel Hunt to injuries inside 10 minutes.
But the French club, in their first European semi-final, recovered to cause Quins plenty of problems with their tough tackling. Wisniewski kicked a second penalty to cut the lead to 13-6 at half-time and make it anyone's game after the break.
Evans received a rapturous reception when he came on as a second half replacement after recovering from a broken leg in February. But that was nothing compared to the cheer less than three minutes later when the former All Black chip kicked behind the Grenoble defence and won the race to reach his own kick to score Quins' second try.
Evans converted and added a penalty on 67 minutes after Grenoble had come within inches of the Quins try line. That kick finally ended Grenoble's effort and Lowe latched onto a clever kick by Danny Care to put the game beyond reach 10 minutes from time.
Mike Brown, Marland Yarde, George Lowe, Jamie Roberts, Tim Visser, Ben Botica, DANNY CARE (C), Joe Marler, Joe Gray, Adam Jones, James Horwill, Sam Twomey, Chris Robshaw, Luke Wallace, Nick Easter BENCH: Dave Ward, Mark Lambert, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Matthews, Jack Clifford, Karl Dickson, Nick Evans, Ross Chisholm
SCORERS T: Roberts, Evans, Lowe C: Bottica, Evans (2) P: Bottica (2) Evans
Gio Aplon, Xavier Mignot, Chris Farrell, Nigel Hunt, Lucas Dupont, Jonathan Wisniewski, Charl McLeod, Sona Taumalolo, Arnaud Heguy, Dayna Edwards, BEN HAND (C), James Percival, Mahamadou Diaby, Fabien Alexandre, Steven Setephano BENCH: Loick Jammes, Fabien Barcella, Walter Desmaison, Mathias Marie, Henry Vanderglas, James Hart, Fabien Gengenbacher, Fabrice Estebanez
SCORERS P: Wisniewski
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU) Asst Referees: Marius Mitrea (FIR), Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU) TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier - Saturday 23rd April 2016
KO: 18:30 HT: 12-0 Att: 7,692
MONTPELLIER'S South African contingent earned them a ticket to the Challenge Cup final as outside half Demetri Catrakilis kicked 17 points and Bismarck du Plessis powered over for a try.
But the Dragons, in their second successive semi-final, earned huge praise for their brave defensive display and actually outscored their hosts by two tries to one with a strong fightback in the final quarter after falling 22 points behind after an hour of play.
The Top 14 club will now go on to face Harlequins in the Challenge Cup final at Grand Stade de Lyon on Friday, 13 May. It will be their first final, while the Quins will be seeking to win their fourth title.
The Dragons went to Kingsholm and beat the reigning champions, Gloucester, in the quarter-finals, but this was a bridge to far for them against a side sitting second in the French league and boasting 11 wins in their last 12 matches.
Montpellier, coached by the South African World Cup winner Jake White, dominated the opening exchanges and enjoyed most of the territory and possession in a first-half spent softening up the brave Dragons defence. Even so, the visitors had the first chance to open the scoring, but Dorian Jones missed with a sixth minute penalty.
His opposite number, however, was in no mood to miss. Catrakilis hit the mark with four successive penalties in the first-half to give his side a 12-0 interval lead. The Dragons had the chance to shoot for goal with the last kick of the half, but Carl Meyer was wide this time.
Dragons coach Kingsley Jones admitted at half-time his side needed to sort out their scrum, which was wilting under the pressure of two Springbok World Cup winners in the Montpellier front row and a 42 stone second row pairing, but they continued to suffer at the set-piece in the second half.
A neat grubber kick to the home line by Meyer almost earned the Dragons a try in the opening few minutes of the second period, but that man Catrakilis added more points from his boot to stretch the lead to 15 points.
Then came the try that gave the Frenchmen an unassailable lead. Australian scrum half Nic White, on as a replacement, spotted some space in the Dragons 22 after a turn-over on half way and his pin-point kick earned his side a five metre line-out. Bismarck du Plessis found fellow Springbok Pierre Spies at the tail of the line and then joined the juggernaut to claim the try.
The Catrakilis conversion was a formality and that was the end of the home' side's scoring. The Dragons, though, weren't only just getting started. Meyer set up a try for Hallam Amos and then the full back crossed for a scored to ensure his side could leave the Altrad Stadium with their heads held high.
Benjamin Fall, Timoci Nagusa, Robert Ebersohn, Frans Steyn, Marvin O'Connor, Demetri Catrakilis, Benoit Paillaugue, Mikheil Nariashvili, Bismarck Du Plessis, Jannie Du Plessis, Robins Tchale Watchou, Paul Willemse, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Akapusi Qera, Pierre Spies BENCH: Mickael Ivaldi, Yvan Watremez, Davit Kubriashvili, Thibaut Privat, Wiaan Liebenberg, Nic White, Benjamin Lucas, Anthony Tuitavake
SCORERS T: Bismarck du Plessis C: Catrakilis P: Catrakilis (4), Paillaugue
Carl Meyer, Adam Hughes, Tyler Morgan, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos, Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, Elliot Dee, Brok Harris, Rynard Landman, Nick Crosswell, LEWIS EVANS (C), Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau
BENCH: Rhys Buckley, Boris Stankovich, Lloyd Fairbrother, Matthew Screech, Ed Jackson, Charlie Davies, Angus O'Brien, Jack Dixon
SCORERS T: Amos, Meyer C: O'Brien
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU) Asst Referees: JP Doyle (RFU), Greg Garner (RFU) TMO: Rowan Kitt (RFU)
Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 9th April 2016
KO: 20:05 HT: 18-16 Att: 9,851
DANNY CARE'S first career hat-trick helped Harlequins finally see off London Irish and triumph 38-30 in a European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final thriller at the Twickenham Stoop.
A cheeky trio of tries from the England scrum-half, plus a brace of scores from flanker Luke Wallace and 13 points from the boot of fly-half Ben Botica - who did not have a great day at the office - were enough to keep Quins on course to give director of rugby Conor O'Shea the perfect send-off before he becomes head coach of the Italian national side. Harlequins struggled against referee Marius Mitrea for much of the game, who alongside the frequently-visited TMO Carlo Damasco, denied the homeside two perfectly decent tries from Tim Visser and Chris Robshaw, before they finally got the better of the Exiles.
For the London Irish, who are battling to avoid relegation from the Aviva Premiership, this was a tough defeat to take given they led by 12 points at one stage thanks to tries from centre Fergus Mulchrone, scrum-half Brendan McKibbin and wing Sean Maitland, while fly-half Shane Geraghty slotted 15 points. The Exiles put up a superior performance, unexpected by most as they pushed Quins to the edge.
Quins made the ideal start as good work from George Lowe and Marland Yarde ended with the winger drawing the cover to put flanker Wallace over in the corner.
Geraghty responded with a penalty but a second try arrived for the hosts when Care raced onto opposite number McKibbin's long pass to race in for halfway, with Botica adding the extras for a 12-3 lead.
The two fly-halves exchanged penalties as Irish kept themselves within range and they made the most of an error by Tim Visser to claim their first try in the 27th minute.
The Scotland winger could not hold onto Mulchrone's chip ahead, and when he fumbled again in retreat the Exiles centre was on hand to dot down.
Geraghty knocked over the conversion and soon kicked a penalty to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the contest. Botica managed to respond before the break when Irish strayed offside and Quins headed back to the changing rooms with a two-point advantage to their name.
But London Irish stunned their opponents by scoring two tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The first went to scrum-half McKibbin as he broke off a well-worked driving maul close to the line to dot down with Geraghty converting.
They then lost skipper David Paice to the bin after a tip-tackle on Chris Robshaw, which easily could have been a red card, but they made light of the numerical disadvantage when Maitland cut through on halfway and rounded Mike Brown to score.
When Geraghty converted, the Exiles had a 12-point lead but the home side got an immediate response when Care stole the ball from his own Luke Wallace from the back of the driving maul and wriggled over from close range for his only professional career hat trick. Botica missed the conversion but the hosts were soon on the front foot again as Wallace got his dues as he ploughed over after a period of sustained pressure.
Another Botica miss kept them two points adrift but the fly-half kicked a penalty to put them back in front before Care completed his hat-trick to book Harlequins a home advantage in the semi-finals.
HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 George Lowe 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Ben Botica 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 Sam Twomey 4 George Merrick 3 Adam Jones 2 Joe Gray 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Charlie Matthews 20 Mat Luamanu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Joe Marchant 23 Ross Chisholm
SCORERS T: Wallace (2), Care (3) C: Botica (2) P: Botica (3)
IRISH: 15 Andrew Fenby 14 Sean Maitland 13 Fergus Mulchrone 12 Theo Brophy Clews 11 Tom Fowlie 10 Shane Geraghty 9 Brendan McKibbin 8 Rob McCusker 7 Joe Trayfoot 6 Tom Guest 5 Jebb Sinclair 4 William Lloyd 3 Leo Halavatau 2 DAVID PAICE (C) 1 Tom Smallbone BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom Court 18 Richard Palframan 19 Ollie Curry 20 David Sisi 21 Gerard Ellis 22 Darren Allinson 23 Scott Steele
SCORERS T: Mulchrone, McKibbin, Maitland C: Geraghty (3) P: Geraghty (3) Paice
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR) Asst Referees: Ben Whitehouse (WRU), Elia Rizzo (FIR) TMO: Carlo Damasco (FIR)
Stade des Alpes - Saturday 9th April 2016
KO: 21:05 HT: 16-19 Att: 14,077
JONATHAN WISNIEWSKI kicked Connacht to a one point defeat in the European Rugby Challenge Cup to bag an exciting win against the odds for Grenoble and earn the Top 14 club an away semi-final trip to Harlequins.
The home side had to recover from a 16 point deficit in the first-half and then had to close a 13 point gap in the second half as the Guinness PRO12 side scored four tries. But the Grenoble outside half, Wisniewski, waltzed over for a magical first-half try and kicked every opportunity he was given - including a touchline conversion and drop goal to regain the lead with five minutes left to play.
Connacht will no doubt be kicking themselves for not consolidating their significant lead in both halves. The Irishmen sought space on the flanks all night and they found the first gap in the 10th minute when a long, cut-out pass from Bundee Aki put Matt Healy into space.
The full back's pace created a simple two-on-one situation in the home 22 and he expertly released flying wing Niyi Adeolokun for the first of his two tries. Shane O'Leary added the conversion, and the outside half then pass-kicked across the home 22 to release Robbie Henshaw for a second score.
Wisniewski managed a penalty to split those two, but the home side were rocked when Healy paved the way for a third try -d a second for his right wing Adeolokun- with another fantastic break. O'Leary added the conversion and Connacht were flying at 19-3 with 10 minutes to go to the break.
But then came the errors that enabled Grenoble to cut the gap to just three points by the break. Inspired by his success with his kick for Henshaw's try, O'Leary tried the same in his 22 and the move went wrong. Grenoble got a toe hold in the 22 and it led to Wisniewski threading his way through the eye of a needle to score a try at the posts which he also converted. Wisniewski then kicked a penalty and added another from long range to bring the first half to an end with Connacht leading only 19-16.
Things improved for the visitors at the start of the second half with another wonder break from Healy for a fourth try. O'Leary converted and then added a penalty to re-establish a 13 points lead at 29-26 after 53 minutes.
But Grenoble came thundering back into the contest on the hour and when Connacht prop Denis Buckley was sent to the sin-bin for coming into a ruck to prevent a try on his own line the home team smelt blood. They used their extra numbers to create space for wing Lucas Dupont to score and then livewire flanker Mahamadou Diaby crossed in the right corner. Wisniewski, cool as a cucumber, converted them both to edge his side ahead, 30-29.
Back came Connacht with a penalty from replacement scrum half John Cooney moments later, taking a narrow two point lead. But Wisniewski was not in the mood to be outdone and slipped back into the pocket to win the game with his 75th minute drop goal, securing his team’s semi final place away to Harlequins a fortnight later.
GRENOBLE: 15 Gio Aplon 14 Tino Nemani 13 Chris Farrell 12 Nigel Hunt 11 Lucas Dupont 10 Jonathan Wisniewski 9 Charl McLeod 8 Rory Grice 7 Mahamadou Diaby 6 Steven Setephano 5 Peter Kimlin 4 Ben Hand 3 Dayna Edwards 2 Loick Jammes 1 Sona Taumalolo BENCH: 16 Paulin Mas 17 Fabien Barcella 18 Rossouw de Klerk 19 Mathias Marie 20 Fabien Alexandre 21 Lilian Saseras 22 Fabrice Estebanez 23 Fabien Gengenbacher
SCORERS T: Wisniewski, Dupont, Diaby C: Wisniewski (3) P: Wisniewski (3) DG: Wisniewski
CONNACHT: 15 Matt Healy 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Danie Poolman 10 Shane O'Leary 9 Kieran Marmion 8 John Muldoon 7 Eoin McKeon 6 Sean O’Brien 5 Andrew Browne 4 Ultan Dillane 3 Finlay Bealham 2 Tom McCartney 1 Denis Buckley BENCH: 16 David Heffernan 17 Ronan Loughney 18 JP Cooney 19 Quinn Roux 20 James Connolly 21 John Cooney 22 Peter Robb 23 Fionn Carr
SCORERS T: Adeolokun (2), Henshaw, Healy C: O'Leary (3) P: O'Leary, Cooney Buckley
Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU) Asst Referees: Greg Garner (RFU), Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU) TMO: Rowan Kitt (RFU)
AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 8th April 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 11-10 Att: 4,557
MONTPELLIER outmuscled Sale Sharks to kick their way into the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 25-19 triumph at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The unbeaten at home Sharks took a slender, one-point advantage at half-time when fly half Danny Cipriani added a second penalty after Paul Willemse's driving score was wiped out by Sale wing Tom Brady. But Jake White's men turned on the power in the second-period, winning a succession of penalties. Benoit Paillaugue kicked six of them to ensure the victory, before Sam James' solo score made for a tense finish.
All eyes were on Sale's star man, Cipriani from the off, allowing the England outside-half to bring his powerful ball carrying back-line into action. And after a spell of heavy pressure, the defence were forced to play the ball on the floor, and Cipriani fired the Sharks in-front from the penalty.
But Montpellier struck back immediately. Some slick hands from South African centre Francois Steyn and Australian international Jesse Mogg got Jake White's men back down into Sharks territory. And when they worked it back to the right hand-side, the towering second-row Willemse was shunted over. Paillaugue converted for a 7-3 lead.
The Montpellier scrum-half added a penalty before the Sharks bit-back through Brady. Some lightning fast hands from Cipriani and Nev Edwards gave the wing the space to dart in at the corner. Cipriani was inches out with his conversion, but landed a penalty to give Sale an 11-10 lead at half-time.
But their advantage was wiped out five minutes into the second-period when Paillaugue landed a penalty from long-range, after the Sale scrum buckled against a powerful drive. And the slight number nine added another tricky shot after Eifion Lewis-Roberts gave a penalty away with his first action of the game.
Flanker Cameron Neild led another promising Sale attack before he produced a deft offload to break through the defensive line. And they could only be stopped illegally by Thibaut Privat, who handled on the floor, and was duly sent to the sin-bin by referee John Lacey. Cipriani stepped up to land another penalty goal to cut the gap to 16-14 after 62 minutes.
But Sale failed to roll away at a ruck a minute later, and Paillaugue restored their five-point lead. Replacement hooker Neil Briggs was also shown yellow to make it 14 on 14, and Paillaugue hit another inch perfect penalty to take the game away from the hosts. And he nailed another three-pointer nine minutes from time to send the French side through to the last four.
There was still time for the irrepressible James to chip ahead and score four minutes from time to give Sale hope, but Cipriani’s missed conversion, coupled with 13 penalties was not enough to stop Montpellier from securing a home semi final berth in a fortnight.
SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Tom Brady 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Nev Edwards 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Peter Stringer 8 TJ Ioane 7 MAGNUS LUND (C) 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Vadim Cobilas 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 Eifion Lewis Roberts 18 Brian Mujati 19 Jonathan Mills 20 David Seymour 21 James Mitchell 22 Joe Ford 23 Mark Jennings
SCORERS T: Brady, James P: Cipriani (3) Briggs
MONTPELLIER: 15 Jesse Mogg 14 Timoci Nagusa 13 Anthony Tuitavke 12 Frans Steyn 11 Benjamin Fall 10 Benjamin Lucas 9 Benoit Paillaugue 8 Akapusi Qera 7 Wiaan Liebenberg 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo 5 Thibaut Privat 4 Paul Willemse 3 Jannie Du Plessis 2 Bismarck Du Plessis 1 Mikheil Nariashvili BENCH: 16 Mickael Ivaldi 17 Yvan Watremez 18 Davit Kubriashvili 19 Robins Tchale Watchou 20 Kelian Galletier 21 Cameron Wright 22 Robert Ebersohn 23 Anthony Floch
SCORERS T: Willemse C: Paillaugue P: Paillaugue (6) Privat
Referee: John Lacey
Kingsholm - Saturday 9th April 2016
KO: 12:45 HT: 11-12 Att: 10,501
A late Charlie Davies try saw Newport Gwent Dragons defeat incumbents Gloucester to book a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-finals. Davies touched down three minutes from time after Dorian Jones kicked 15 points. And the shock win at Kingsholm set up a semi-final clash away to Montpellier in a fortnight this month, ending the reining champions' 15-game winning run in the tournament.
It is the second year in a row the Welsh club will feature in the last four of the Challenge Cup and they deserved the win after leading 12-11 at half-time thanks to the boot of Jones. The fly-half handed Dragons an early lead with the first of four penalties but Gloucester swiftly recovered with the game's first try.
Mark Atkinson twice broke through before Matt Kvesic's off-load handed Ben Morgan a clear run to the corner on 14 minutes. Greig Laidlaw missed the conversion but traded kicks with Jones to lead 8-6.
Dragons, who travelled without director of rugby Lyn Jones due to illness, then lost both half-backs in the space of three minutes. Outside-half Jones briefly left the field after a head injury and scrum-half Sarel Pretorius was binned on 22 minutes for a dangerous tackle.
But it was Gloucester's indiscipline that proved costly, despite Laidlaw extending the lead to 11-6. Jones returned to the pitch but sliced a long-range effort and saw a second hit the post.
However, Gloucester captain Laidlaw was binned for infringing at a ruck and successful kicks allowed Dragons to come from behind to lead at the break. Pretorius capitalised on the absence of his opposite number and immediately put Dragons on the front foot.
Wales internationals Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan followed and Jones kicked a fifth penalty before Dragons full-back Carl Mayer landed a long-range kick on 55 minutes.
Dragons looked to have a strangle-hold on the game until a fortunate break allowed Gloucester to level the scores on 64 minutes. James Hook lost control but the deflection bounced over the head of Pretorius and into the hands of Steve McColl for an easy finish under the posts. Laidlaw converted to set up a tense final 16 minutes.
Jones scuffed a drop goal and when Laidlaw kicked a further penalty, Gloucester looked to be heading through.
Dragons mounted a final surge and were rewarded for turning down the chance to take the game to extra time when they kicked a penalty into touch. Matthew Screech took the lineout five metres out; Dragons added extra men to the drive before replacement scrum-half Davies scampered over. Jones missed the conversion from out wide but their defence held out for an impressive win.
GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Rob Cook 13 Henry Trinder 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Steve McColl 10 James Hook 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic 6 Sione Kalamafoni 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Yann Thomas 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Gareth Evans 21 Callum Braley 22 Ollie Thorley 23 Jacob Rowan
SCORERS T: Morgan, McColl C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw (3) Laidlaw
DRAGONS: 15 Carl Meyer 14 Adam Hughes 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Adam Warren 11 Hallam Amos 10 Dorian Jones 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Nic Cudd 6 LEWIS EVANS (C) 5 Nick Crosswell 4 Rynard Landman 3 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 1 Phil Price BENCH: 16 Rhys Buckley 17 Boris Stankovich 18 Shaun Knight 19 Matthew Screech 20 Ed Jackson 21 Charlie Davies 22 Angus O'Brien 23 Geraint Rhys Jones
SCORERS T: Davies P: Jones (5), Meyer Pretorius
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (FFR) Asst Referees: Dudley Phillips (IRFU), Laurent Cardona (FFR) TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (FFR)
CONNACHT RUGBY 47 - 5 ENISEI-STM
The Sportsground - Saturday 23 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 25-0 Att: 4,261
CONNACHT sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup thanks to a 47-5 triumph over Enisei-STM, and Newcastle Falcons' late victory over Brive. The French side led Pool 1 at the start of the day, but Connacht's bonus-point triumph secured them 19 match points and top spot. Brive led 22-23 heading into the final minutes, but Simon Hammersley crashed over at the death to do Pat Lam's side a huge favour. Tiernan O'Halloran, Matt Healy, Denis Buckley and Danie Poolman scored tries to secure the five match points by half-time, making hay with the first two tries while Enisei were a man down with captain Jurijs Baranovs in the bin. Vitalii Orlov saved face with a try soon into the second half, but the Irish side finished the job thanks to scores from Robbie Henshaw, Tom McCartney, a second try from Healy and Caolin Blade.
CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Danie Poolman, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, AJ MacGinty, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, David Heffernan, Nathan White, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, JOHN MULDOON (C), James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson BENCH: Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Rodney Ah You, George Naoupu, Sean O'Brien, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Rory Parata
SCORERS T: O'Halloran, Healy (2), Buckley, Poolman, Henshaw, McCartney, Blade C: MacGinty, Carty P: MacGinty
ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), David Kacharava, Mikhail Babaev, Denis Simplikevich, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Alexey Volkov, Nazir Gasanov, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Vitalii Orlov, Andrey Temnov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Stanislav Selskii, Andrei Polivalov, Evgenii Pronenko, Mikhail Sidorov, Igor Kurashov, Dmitriy Simonov, Nikolay Serkov, Plavel Butenko
SCORERS T: Orlov Baranovs
Referee: Tom Foley
NEWCASTLE FALCONS 27 - 23 BRIVE
Kingston Park - Saturday 23 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 22-3 Att: 3,803
SIMON HAMMERSLEY's late try clinched a thrilling win for Newcastle Falcons and knocked Brive out of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The full-back stormed in the 75th minute time as Falcons snatched victory at Kingston Park. Brive looked to have clinched top spot in Pool 1 and with it a place in the last eight after a tremendous comeback. The former European champions came from 22-3 behind to lead 23-22 on 74 minutes only for Hammersley to crush their hopes as Connacht progressed instead as pool leaders. Hammersley scored first, and with Guillaume Namy in the bin, Craig Willis added a penalty to the score before Alex Tait and Micky Young ran in two more tries. A penalty from Thomas Laranjeira was the only opposition score in the first 40, but Brive fought back in the second with converted tries from Nicolas Bézy and Christopher Tuatara-Morrison, and another Laranjeira penalty to take the lead. But Hammersley ended Brive’s play off qualifying hopes five minutes from time.
FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Alex Tait, Chris Harris, Juan Socino, Zach Kibirige, Craig Willis, Micky Young, Alex Rogers, Scott Lawson, Andy Foster, Mouritz Botha, Kane Thompson, Mark Wilson, WILL WELCH (C), Callum Chick BENCH: George McGuigan, Ben Harris, Paddy Ryan, Calum Green, Richard Mayhew, Ruaridh Dawson, Adam Powell, Dan Marshall
SCORERS T: Hammersley (2), Tait, Young C: Willis (2) P: Willis
BRIVE: Romain Sola, Guillaume Namy, Thomas Laranjeira, Christopher Tuatara, Benito Masilevu, Nicolas Bézy, JEAN-BAPTISTE PEJOINE (C), Damien Lavergne, Francois Da Ros, Damien Jourdain, Victor Lebas, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Fabien Sanconnie, Poutasi Luafutu, Petrus Hauman BENCH: Guillaume Ribes, Lucas Pointud, Yusuf Tuncer, Sisa Koyamaibole, William Whetton, Teddy Iribaren, Benjamin Petre, Alfifeleti Mafi
SCORERS T: Bézy, Tuatara-Morrison C: Laranjeira (2) P: Laranjeira (3) Namy, Ribes
Referee: Leighton Hodges
SALE SHARKS 38 - 5 DRAGONS
AJ Bell Stadium - Thursday 21 January 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 24-0 Att: 4,015
SALE SHARKS secured a home tie in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a five try-routing of Newport Gwent Dragons. The Sharks leapfrogged pool leaders Dragons from 6th place to first at the AJ Bell Stadium. Depending on the other results of the weekend, there could be a repeat of the match in the quarter finals, since the Dragons are still in the final eight. Brian Mujati, Josh Beaumont, Nev Edwards and Mike Haley all crossed the whitewash as the 2002 and 2005 tournament champions avenged their 30-12 loss at Rodney Parade in Round 1, assisted by a penalty try from the opposition. And a deliberate knock on from Hallam Amos gave the homeside 10 minutes grace to pop over two of those tries and a penalty whilst he was in the sinbin. Halftime saw another try, this time from Beaumont The Younger and the Sharks went in 24-0 up at the break. The bonus point try was in the bag eight minutes into the second half for Sale, whilst at the end of the third quarter, the Dragons scored their only points of the game with an unconverted try from Ashton Hewitt. A final hurrah from Haley, converted by Joe Ford put Sale in the comfortable position of hosting one of the best runners-up in the top eight of the Challenge Cup in April.
SHARKS: Michael Haley, Will Addison, Sam James, Johnny Leota, Neville Edwards, Danny Cipriani, Peter Stringer, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Tommy Taylor, Brian Mujati, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Magnus Lund, JOSH BEAUMONT (C) BENCH: Neil Briggs, Ross Harrison, Vadim Cobilas, Jon Mills, Mark Easter, James Mitchell, Joe Ford, Mark Jennings
SCORERS T: Mujati, PT, Beaumont, Edwards, Haley C: Cipriani (4), Ford P: Cipriani
DRAGONS: Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, T RHYS THOMAS (C), Brok Harris, Cory Hill, Rynard Landman, Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau BENCH: Elliot Dee, Boris Stankovich, Shaun Knight, Matthew Screech, Ed Jackson, Charlie Davies, Angus O'Brien, Nick Scott
SCORERS T: Hewitt Amos
Referee: Andrew Brace
CASTRES OLYMPIQUE 24 - 7 PAU
Stade Pierre Antoine - Friday 22 January 2016
KO: 19:00 HT: 13-7 Att: 6,025
CASTRES ensured they finished their European Rugby Challenge Cup pool stage on a high with a 24-7 triumph over Top14 rivals Pau. Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes gave Pau an early advantage before tries from Remi Lamerat and Julien Beziat added to 14 points from three different boots. Benjamin Urdapilleta fired the home side in-front after just three minutes as Castres looked to avenge their round five defeat to the Newport Gwent Dragons. But their hopes took a blow when a wounded Pau, looking for their first match points in the competition, hit-back with a try from hooker Brettes. The front-rower crashed over and All Black Colin Slade landed the conversion for a 7-3 lead. But it took just four minutes for the hosts to retake the lead. French international Lamerat seared through to put Castres back in-front. Urdapilleta converted and added his second penalty of the game to give Castres a 13-7 half-time lead over their Top14 rivals. Julien Caminati smacked a penalty over after the break to extend Castres' lead to 16-7, before Pau's hopes were boosted by Julien Caminati who saw yellow after 55 minutes. But instead, Castres continued to build their lead with their third different kicker of the night. Francois Fontaine landed a long-range penalty to send the hosts into an unassailable 19-7 lead. And the game was finally wrapped up with five minutes remaining. Beziat barged his way over to make sure Castres finished Pool 3 with 15 match points, behind Sale Sharks and the Newport Gwent Dragons.
CASTRES: Julien Caminati, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Thomas Combezou, Remi Lamerat, Florian Vialelle, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Julien Seron, Saimone Taumoepeau, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Eric Sione, Christophe Samson, Benjamin Desroche, Yannick Caballero, Mathieu Babillot, JOHNNIE BEATTIE (C) BENCH: Julien Beziat, Antoine Tichit, Karena Wihongi, Ibrahim Diarra, Theo Hannoyer, Francois Fontaine, Romain Cabannes, Valentin Mouysset
SCORERS T: Lamerat, Beziat C: Urdapilleta P: Urdepilleta (2), Caminati, Fontaine Caminati
PAU: Damien Traille, Sireli Bobo, Julien Fumat, Jale Vatubua, Mosese Ratuvou, Colin Slade, Thibault Daubagna, Julien Jacquot, Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, Chris King, JULIEN PIERRE (C), Daniel Ramsay, Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler, James Coughlan BENCH: Thomas Bianchin, Geoffrey Moise, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Claude Dry, Brice Monzeglio, Samuel Marques, Brandon Fajardo, Watisoni Votu
SCORERS T: Lespiaucq C: Slade
Referee: Ian Tempest
CARDIFF BLUES 74 - 6 RUGBY CALVISANO
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 22 January 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 33-3 Att: 5,490
CARDIFF BLUES racked up a spectacular 12 tries in a whitewash 74-6 victory over Rugby Calvisano at the Arms Park, but the Welsh side fell short of their remote hope of securing a quarter final berth finishing third in the pool, three points behind Montpellier who made short work of ensuring Harlequins did not come away with a perfect winning record. Cardiff ran in five tries in the first 40 minutes from Cory Allen, Josh Navidi, and Dan Fish, with Tom James bagging a brace. Gareth Anscombe missing just one conversion en route, and Florian Vlaicu took his only opportunity with a penalty kick for a 33-3 halftime score. The second half saw the Blues score in clusters, Ethan Lewis’s try swiftly followed by James’ hat trick, while replacements Aled Summerhill, Rhys Patchell and Macauley Cook ran in theirs in the last 7 minutes; these were interspersed by one from Alex Cuthbert and a brace for Allen. Vlaicu took his only other chance and added a second penalty, but the routing finally came to an end with Calvisano losing all six of their Challenge Cup matches, and shipping a monumental 305 points in total.
BLUES: Dan Fish, Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Gavin Evans, Tom James, Gareth Anscombe, Tavis Knoyle, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Ethan Lewis, Dillon Lewis, Jarrad Hoeata, Lou Reed, Cam Dolan, Sam Warburton, Josh Navidi BENCH: Matthew Rees, Tom Davies, Scott Andrews, Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Patchell, Aled Summerhill
SCORERS T: James (3), Allen (2), Navidi, Fish, Ethan Lewis, Cuthbert, Summerhill, Patchell, Cook C: Anscombe (7)
CALVISANO: Ben de Jager, Giacomo de Santis, Alberto Chiesa, TOMMY CASTELLO (C), Marco Susio, Florin Vlaicu, Pablo Canavosio, Luca Scarsini, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Rudy Biancotti, Michele Andreotti, Davide Zanetti, Matteo Archetti, Renato Giammarioli, Jim Tuivaiti BENCH: Gabriele Morelli, Sami Panico, Marco Riccioni, Agustin Cavalieri, Emilio Vezzoli, Nicola Belardo, Riccardo Raffaele, Filippo Buscema
SCORERS P: Vlaicu (2)
Referee: Thomas Charabas
MONTPELLIER 42 - 9 HARLEQUINS
Altrad Stadium - Friday 22 January 2016
KO: 20:45 HT: 15-9 Att: 7,500
MONTPELLIER put paid to any idea Harlequins had of improving on their five bonus point match winning record in the Challenge Cup by landing five tries on the tournament leaders and securing a fourth bonus point for themselves, as well as confirming their place in the final eight. Quins came out fighting, Ben Botica knocking over the opening points of the match with a penalty, but Jesse Mogg swiftly replied with the homeside’s first retort and took the lead. Demetri Catrakilis missed the conversion but added a penalty of his own. Botica added two more, and even briefly took the lead for five minutes, but that was his lot, missing one more which would not have touched the sides in the final score. By halftime, Wiaan Liebenberg had added the second try and Montpellier went in 15-9 at the break. The third quarter was quiet for points with just one more Catrakilis penalty, but Quins quickly sent on the big guns off the bench to change the fortunes of the visitors. However, all this achieved was a yellow card for Mat Luamanu, and whilst down a man, Montpellier ran in a try from Nic White and another penalty. Francois Trinh-Duc made his swift return to play from a broken leg in December, and he deftly converted both tries from Yvan Reilhac and Charles Geli as the home team ran rings round Harlequins defence, making it Quins’ worst defeat in the Challenge Cup historically. Despite the relative routing, Harlequins remain at the forefront of the tournament, with only Gloucester able to displace them to second with a bonus point away win over Zebre, and even with that eventuality, will still host a home quarter final.
MONTPELLIER: Jesse Mogg, Benjamin Fall, Anthony Tuitavke, Robert Ebersohn, Marvin O'Connor, Demetri Catrakilis, Benoit Paillaugue, Mikheil Nariashvili, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Robins Tchale Watchou, Paul Willemse, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Wiaan Liebenberg, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Charles Geli, Davit Kubriashvili, Pat Cilliers, Jacques du Plessis, Antoine Battut, Nic White, Francois Trinh-Duc, Yvan Reilhac
SCORERS T: Mogg, Liebenberg, White, Reilhac, Geli C: Catrakilis (2), Trinh-Duc (2) P: Catrakilis (3)
HARLEQUINS: Ross Chisholm, Marland Yarde, Matt Hopper, Harry Sloan, Charlie Walker, Ben Botica, Karl Dickson, Mark Lambert, Joe Gray, Will Collier, George Merrick, Charlie Matthews, Chris Robshaw, Luke Wallace, JACK CLIFFORD (C) BENCH: Rob Buchanan, Owen Evans, Adam Jones, Kieran Treadwell, Mat Luamanu, Danny Care, Tim Swiel, Winston Stanley
SCORERS P: Botica (3) Luamanu
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
LA ROCHELLE 35 - 11 WORCESTER WARRIORS
Stade Marcel Deflandre - Friday 22 January 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 6-6 Att: 8,500
WORCESTER WARRIORS barely got a look in as La Rochelle took them to task with a bonus point win over the visiting Englanders, forcing them into bottom place in Pool 4. The first half was evenly matched with just two penalties apiece, but the second saw a different side to the French contenders who came out fighting, adding 13 points in as many minutes with a man advantage, with tries from Romana Graham and Benjamin Lapeyre, Julien Audy adding a penalty. Following a host of changes off the bench, the final quarter had both flying Fijians Kini Murimurivalu and Jone Qovu crossing the whitewash, Jean-Pascal Barraque adding the extras. Meanwhile, Donncha O‘Callaghan’s 100th European appearance was not so memorable, Carl Kirwan was carded, and the only consolation for the Warriors was Luke Baldwin’s unconverted try. Neither side, however, showered themselves in European Challenge Cup glory in the six pool rounds.
LA ROCHELLE: Kini Murimurivalu, Gabriel Lacroix, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Malietoa Hingano, Elliot Roudil, Zack Holmes, Julien Audy, Jordan Seneca, Hikairo Forbes, UINI ATONIO (C), Damien Lagrange, Leo Cedaro, Romain Sazy, Romana Graham, Jone Qovu Nailiko BENCH: Maxime Gau, Thomas Synaeghel, Gagi Bazadze, Zeno Kieft, Benoit Guyot, Ricky Januarie, Pierre Aguillon, Benjamin Lapeyre
SCORERS T: Graham, Lapeyre, Murimurivalu, PT C: Audy, Barraque (2) P: Holmes (2), Audy
WORCESTER: Ben Howard, Andy Short, Andy Symons, Ryan Mills, Dean Hammond, Tiff Eden, Luke Baldwin, Val Rapava Ruskin, Daniel George, Nick Schonert, Donncha O'Callaghan, Dan Sanderson, Marco Mama, Carl Kirwan, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Ryan Bower, Ben Sowrey, Mike Daniels, Huw Taylor, Matt Cox, Charlie Mulchrone, Max Stelling, Perry Humphreys
SCORERS T: Baldwin P: Symons (2) Kirwan, Synaeghel
Referee: Elia Rizzo
ZEBRE RUGBY 11 - 14 GLOUCESTER RUGBY
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 23 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-3 Att: 2,413
GLOUCESTER made it 15 straight tournament victories with a 14-11 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre Rugby - but they were made to sweat and fight all the way for their narrow Pool 4 success at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. The score was limited to just three point-scoring penalties in the first half, with Zebre ahead until the 50th minute when Mark Atkinson found the goal line. Billy Burns landed his second penalty but Dries van Schalkwyk snuck in a try of his own to equalise. Neither fly half converted, and it was Burns’ boot that ended Zebre’s hopes, allowing the reigning champions to edge home in a grandstand finish. Zebre rued their two missed penalties which would have been enough to halt Gloucester, but the visitors did just enough to make it six from six and with their 25 points they had already been ensured they will be at home at Kingsholm in the quarter-finals in early April.
ZEBRE: Kayle Van Zyl, Dion Berryman, Tommaso Boni, Matteo Pratichetti, Leonardo Sarto, Edoardo Padovani, Guglielmo Palazzani, Andrea de Marchi, Oliviero Fabiani, Pietro Ceccarelli, Valerio Bernabo, MARCO BORTOLAMI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Jean Cook, Dries van Schalkwyk BENCH: Victor Emiliano Coria Marchetti, Bruno Postiglioni, Guillermo Roan, Gideon Koegelenberg, Federico Ruzza, Luke Burgess, Ulrich Beyers, Kelly Haimona
SCORERS T: van Schalkwyk P: Padovani (2) Ruzza
GLOUCESTER: Rob Cook, David Halaifonua, Bill Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Stevie McColl, Billy Burns, Willi Heinz, Yann Thomas, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones, Joe Latta, Mariano Galarza, Lewis Ludlow, JACOB ROWAN (C), Ben Morgan BENCH: Darren Dawiduik, Nick Wood, Josh McNulty, Tom Hicks, Elliot Stooke, Callum Braley, Charlie Sharples, Gareth Evans
SCORERS T: Atkinson P: Burns (3)
Referee: Gary Conway
AGEN 17 - 31 LONDON IRISH
Stade Armandie - Saturday 23 January 2016
KO: 20:45 HT: 10-19 Att: 3,712
LONDON IRISH clinched a dramatic European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final place after earning a bonus point win over Agen in their Pool 5 contest at Stade Armandie. Their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out rounds looked to have taken a huge blow last week when Grenoble romped to a 28-18 triumph at the Madejski Stadium but this 31-17 victory on the road gave then maximum match points and took them through as group runners-up at the expense of Edinburgh. It started and ended with London Irish tries as from a line-out, England international flanker Luke Narraway was bundled over by his fellow forwards for an unconverted try to give the Exiles a dream start after just three minutes. With 17 minutes gone neat phase play ended with wing Tom Fowlie crossing for a second try, Shane Geraghty converting for a 12 point advantage. That was reduced by a François Bouvier penalty but the Exiles responded with their third try as prop Tom Smallbone stormed over after a great restart take by captain Topsy Ojo. The opening half hour produced a fourth try with left wing Filipo Nakosi delighting home fans with a score converted by Bouvier. After the break, replacement Jalil Narjissi promptly crossed for Agen’s second converted try. The Exiles produced some fine phase play without any immediate reward - but after a 37 minute wait they did get their fourth try and the bonus point with centre Fergus Mulchrone going over. There was still time for a fifth, with referee Lloyd Linton awarding a penalty try that Geraghty converted, Irish claiming the final play off place.
AGEN: Benoit Sicart, François Tardieu, Vincent Roux, Julien Heriteau, Filipo Nakosi, François Bouvier, PAUL ABADIE (C), Giorgi Tetrashvili, Marc Barthomeuf, Arthur Joly, Apisai Naikatini, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Denis Marchois, Léo Bastien, Antoine Miquel BENCH: Jalil Narjissi, Quentin Bethune, Dave Ryan, Corentin Braendlin, Nicolas Gal, Clement Darbo, Pierre Fouyssac, Tamaz Mchedlidze
SCORERS T: Nakosi, Narjissi C: Bouvier (2) P: Bouvier
IRISH: Theo Brophy Clews, TOPSY OJO (C), Fergus Mulchrone, Dom Waldouck, Tom Fowlie, Shane Geraghty, Scott Steele, Tom Smallbone, Tom Cruse, Leo Halavatau, Ollie Curry, David Sisi, Luke Narraway, Conor Gilsenan, Tom Guest BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Johnny Harris, Halani Aulika, Rob McCusker, Matt Symons, Darren Allinson, Connor Murphy, Alex Lewington
SCORERS T: Narraway, Fowlie, Smallbone, Mulchrone, PT C: Geraghty (3) YC Geraghty
Referee: Lloyd Linton
GRENOBLE 34 - 23 EDINBURGH RUGBY
Stade des Alpes - Saturday 23 January 2016
KO: 20:45 HT: 13-17 Att: 10,072
A late double from Gio Aplon dumped Edinburgh Rugby out of the Challenge Cup, as the Scottish side failed to hold-on to a vital losing bonus-point in a heartbreaking 34-23 defeat. First-half scores from John Hardie and Will Helu looked to have put Alan Solomons' side top of the pool, but Aplon's successful efforts meant London Irish advanced as runners-up in the pool. Edinburgh got off to a dream start after four minutes, when they bulldozed their way over the line. Hardie was at the back of a powerful rolling maul to score, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne landing the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Grenoble kicked their way back into it with two penalties from fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski, before Hidalgo-Clyne landed one of his own. But the Scots got a taste of their own medicine after half-an-hour. The French side drove a lineout from close range for hooker Arnaud Heguy to score. Wisniewski converted, but minutes later he dropped a high-ball right into the hands of Will Helu, who cruised over unopposed to snatch a 17-13 lead at half-time. The match descended into a kicking battle after the break. Wisniewski landed another tricky penalty before the game swung back the way of Edinburgh with a second penalty from Hidalgo-Clyne. But Edinburgh again failed to build on their lead, and the accurate Wisniewski was successful with another three-pointer as Grenoble refused to give up top spot in Pool 5. Hidalgo-Clyne landed a penalty before Aplon first claimed a high-ball to score, before racing clear at the death.
GRENOBLE: Gio Aplon, Xavier Mignot, Chris Farrell, Nigel Hunt, Daniel Kilioni, Jonathan Wisniewski, Charl McLeod, Fabien Barcella, Arnaud Heguy, Dayna Edwards, BEN HAND (C), Peter Kimlin, Henry Vanderglas, Mahamadou Diaby, Rory Grice BENCH: Loick Jammes, Sona Taumalolo, Rossouw de Klerk, James Percival, Fabien Alexandre, Christophe Loustalot, Gilles Bosch, Fabien Gengenbacher
SCORERS T: Heguy, Aplon (2) C: Wisniewski (2) P: Wisniewski (5)
EDINBURGH: Greig Tonks, Damien Hoyland, Michael Allen, Matt Scott, William Helu, Phil Burleigh, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Ben Toolis, MIKE COMAN (C), John Hardie, Cornell du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Alex Toolis, Hamish Watson, Nathan Fowles, Andries Strauss, Dougie Fife
SCORERS T: Hardie, Helu C: Hidalgo-Clyne (2) P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3)
Referee: Greg Garner
ENISEI-STM 24 - 7 NEWCASTLE FALCONS
Yug Stadium - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 14:00 HT: 14-7 Att: 400
RUSSIAN qualifiers Enisei-STM have done it again, this time turning over the Newcastle Falcons at the Yug Stadium to avenge their 55-7 defeat in the north-east in round two. Enisei added the Falcons' scalp to that of Brive, who fell 10-7 in Sochi, as they more than justified their place in the Challenge Cup for the first time this season. Georgian international centre David Kacharava, who played in all five of his nation's games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, scored a try in each half to show off his qualities and the home side were given a flying start when wing Denis Simplikevich skipped away to notch a sixth minute try. Just as Brive and pool leaders Connacht had found on their trips to Russia, the Falcons ran into a rugged and determined Enisei pack that was backed up by some tough tackling backs, and could only muster a single converted try in 80 minutes.
ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), David Kacharava, Mikhail Babaev, Denis Simplikevich, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Alexey Volkov, Nazir Gasanov, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Vitalii Orlov, Andrey Temnov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Stanislav Selskii, Andrei Polivalov, Evgenii Pronenko, Mikhail Sidorov, Sergey Kuzmenko, Nikolay Serkov, Dmitriy Simonov, Plavel Butenko
SCORERS T: Simplikevich, Kacharava (2) C: Kushnarev (3) P: Kushnarev
FALCONS: Tom Penny, Zach Kibirige, Adam Powell, Juan Socino, Belisario Agulla, Tom Catterick, Jamie Booth, Alex Rogers, George McGuigan, Paddy Ryan, Calum Green, Will Witty, RICHARD MAYHEW (C), Dan Temm, Callum Chick BENCH: Rob Hawkins, Ben Harris, Andy Foster, Mouritz Botha, Kane Thompson, Ruaridh Dawson, Adam Redman, Dan Marshall
SCORERS T: Green C: Penny Botha
Referee: Tual Trainini
BRIVE 21 - 18 CONNACHT RUGBY
Stade Amédée-Domenech - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 20:45 HT: 9-5 Att: 3,000
THOMAS LARANJEIRA kicked a last minute penalty to send Brive to a 21-18 triumph over Connacht after captain John Muldoon looked to have rescued a late draw. Connacht's three tries were simply not enough against the boot of the 23 year old Frenchman; Muldoon looked to have rescued an 18-18 draw with a try at the death, but the Brive centre kicked the last of his seven penalties in overtime to leapfrog the Irish side at the top of Pool 1.
BRIVE: Romain Sola, Guillaume Namy, Thomas Laranjeira, Christopher Tuatara, Benito Masilevu, Matthieu Ugalde, Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, Goderdzi Shvelidze, Thomas Acquier, Kevin Buys, Victor Lebas, ARNAUD MELA (C), William Whetton, Fabien Sanconnie, Sisa Koyamaibole BENCH: Guillaume Ribes, Damien Lavergne, Yusuf Tuncer, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Poutasi Luafutu, Teddy Iribaren, Nicolas Bézy, Arnaud Mignardi
SCORERSP: Larajeira (7)
CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Danie Poolman, Rory Parata, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, AJ MacGinty, Ian Porter, Ronan Loughney, Jason Harris Wright, Rodney Ah You, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Tom McCartney, Denis Buckley, Finlay Bealham, George Naoupu, Eoghan Masterson, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Peter Robb
SCORERS T: Parata, Muldoon (2) P: MacGinty
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
DRAGONS 31 - 18 CASTRES OLYMPIQUE
Rodney Parade - Friday 15 January 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 24-10 Att: 4,316
NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS are in pole position to qualify from Challenge Cup Pool 2 after a battling 31-18 bonus-point win over Castres. The Welsh region raced into a 24-3 lead thanks to tries from returning international Hallam Amos, Nic Cudd and Elliot Dee. But David Smith gave Castres hope on half-time before a score from Christophe Samson had the Rodney Parade faithful biting their nails. The Dragons made it home though, largely thanks to a red card to replacement Alexander Bias, before Ashton Hewitt wrapped up the bonus-point.
DRAGONS: Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, Elliot Dee, Brok Harris, Cory Hill, RYNARD LANDMAN (C), Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau BENCH: T Rhys Thomas, Boris Stankovich, Shaun Knight, Matthew Screech, Ed Jackson, Charlie Davies, Angus O'Brien, Nick Scott
SCORERS T: Amos, Cudd, Evans, Hewitt C: Tovey (4) P: Tovey
CASTRES: Geoffrey Palis, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Thomas Combezou, ROMAIN CABANNES (C), David Smith, Francois Fontaine, Julien Seron, Saimone Taumoepeau, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Lucas Martinez, Christophe Samson, Benjamin Desroche, Yannick Caballero, Ibrahim Diarra, Mathieu Babillot BENCH: Julien Beziat, Karena Wihongi, Eric Sione, Alexandre Bias, Theo Hannoyer, Rudi Wulf, Remi Lamerat, Benjamin Urdapilleta
SCORERS T: Smith, Samson C: Palis P: Palis (2) Martinez Sione Bias
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
PAU 3 - 27 SALE SHARKS
Stade du Hameau - Friday 15 January 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 3-22 Att: 6,000
JOHNNY LEOTA kept alive Sale Sharks hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup by crossing for a vital bonus-point try a minute from time in Pau. The Aviva Premiership side ran in three tries in a dominant first-half performance and looked all set to romp to the full five points in the second half at Stade du Hameau to keep up the pressure on Pool 5 leaders Newport Gwent Dragons. But the home side, chasing their first win of the campaign, stuck to their guns after the break and made life increasingly difficult for Sale. So much so, in fact, it looked as though the visitors were going to leave without the bonus-point they craved. But cometh the hour, cometh the man and Samoan international centre Leota came up with the goods with a try wide out on the left to ensure the five points were made secure to set up a big game at the AJ Bell Stadium against the Dragons in Round 6.
PAU: Charly Malie, Marika Vunibaka, JULIEN FUMAT (C), Pierre Dupouy, Mathieu Acebes, Brandon Fajardo, Samuel Marques, Geoffrey Moïse, Thomas Bianchin, Giorgi Natsarashvili, Cameron Pierce, Claude Dry, Giovanni Habel Kueffner, Josefa Ulago Domolailai, Brice Monzeglio BENCH: Mehdi Boundjema, Julien Jacquot, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Sean Dougall, Loic Bernad, Thierry Lacrampe, Watisoni Votu, Romain Buros
SCORERS P: Marques
SHARKS: Michael Haley, Tom Arscott, Will Addison, Johnny Leota, Neville Edwards, Danny Cipriani, Chris Cusiter, Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Vadim Cobilas, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Magnus Lund, JOSH BEAUMONT (C) BENCH: Neil Briggs, James Flynn, Ciaran Parker, Jon Mills, Mark Easter, James Mitchell, Joe Ford, Mark Jennings
SCORERS T: Ostrikov, Edwards, Addison, Leota C: Cipriani (2) P: Cipriani
Referee: Gary Conway
RUGBY CALVISANO 7 - 47 MONTPELLIER
Peroni Stadium - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 0-35 Att: 1,100
MONTPELLIER ran riot against Rugby Calvisano in a one-sided Pool 3 clash at Peroni Stadium. The try bonus point was under lock and key after just 21 minutes and they now look ahead to their trip to the Twickenham Stoop and a Round 6 clash with leaders Harlequins. Jake White's men made it three wins from their five games with a 47-7 win to let Quins know they cannot take their foot off the gas. Calvisano - pointless from their five group matches and now with a try count of 40-3 against them - did have the final word with a 78th try from Marco Susio, converted by Filippo Buscema while Montpellier were done to 14 men for the closing stages with Pat Cilliers in the sin bin.
CALVISANO: Ben De Jager, Giacomo De Santis, Alberto Chiesa, TOMMY CASTELLO (C), Daniele Di Giulio, Florin Vlaicu, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Luhandre Luus, Salvatore Costanzo, Agustin Cavalieri, Davide Zanetti, Matteo Archetti, Renato Giammarioli, Jim Tuivaiti BENCH: Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Luca Scarsini, Elia Violi, Michele Andreotti, Emilio Vezzoli, Pablo Canavosio, Filippo Buscema, Marco Susio
SCORERS T: Susio C: Buscema
MONTPELLIER: Jesse Mogg, Benjamin Fall, Anthony Tuitavake, Robert Ebersohn, Marvin O'Connor, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic White, Mikheil Nariashvili, Bismarck Du Plessis, Jannie Du Plessis, Robins Tchale Watchou, Thibaut Privat, ANTOINE BATTUT (C), Jacques Du Plessis, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Charles Geli, Pat Cilliers, Nicolas Mas, Paul Willemse, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Cameron Wright, Yvan Reilhac, Julien Malzieu
SCORERS T: O'Connor (2), Qera, Fall (2), Jannie du Plessis, Ebersohn C: Catrakilis (6) Cilliers
Referee: Dudley Phillips
HARLEQUINS 34 - 26 CARDIFF BLUES
The Twickenham Stoop - Sunday 17 January 2016
KO: 15:15 HT: 28-0 Att: 12,912
HARLEQUINS resisted a red-hot Cardiff Blues comeback to secure a 34-26 triumph and home Challenge Cup quarter-final. A Rob Buchanan try kicked off a first-half blitz for Harlequins, before England squad members Marland Yarde and Jack Clifford went over. Ross Chisholm wrapped up the bonus-point before half-time, and Quins were cruising. But the Blues bounced back in the second period looking to go home with two bonus points while Quins rested on their laurels coupled with a host of tactical replacements which disrupted the flow of the game. Dan Fish scored a double to add to tries from Wales stars Cory Allen and Lloyd Williams to claim a try scoring and losing bonus-points, but a last second Ben Botica penalty meant they left the Stoop with only a single bonus-point. Quins are now guaranteed a home quarter final place.
HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown, Marland Yarde, George Lowe, Jamie Roberts, Ross Chisholm, Nick Evans, DANNY CARE (C), Joe Marler, Rob Buchanan, Will Collier, George Merrick, Charlie Matthews, Chris Robshaw, Jack Clifford, Nick Easter BENCH: Dave Ward, Mark Lambert, Kyle Sinckler, Mat Luamanu, Luke Wallace, Karl Dickson, Ben Botica, Charlie Walker
SCORERS T: Buchanan, Clifford, Yarde, Chisholm C: Evans (4) P: Evans, Botica
BLUES: Dan Fish, Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Rey Lee-Lo, Tom James, Rhys Patchell, LLOYD WILLIAMS (C), Sam Hobbs, Kristian Dacey, Tau Filise, Macauley Cook, James Down, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Manoa Vosawai BENCH: Ethan Lewis, Tom Davies, Dillon Lewis, Jarrad Hoeata, Ellis Jenkins, Tavis Knoyle, Gareth Anscombe, Gavin Evans
SCORERS T: Allen, Fish (2), Williams C: Patchell (3)
Referee: Andrew Brace
GLOUCESTER RUGBY 20 - 10 LA ROCHELLE
Kingsholm Stadium - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-3 Att: 9,209
GLOUCESTER maintained their 100% record in pool four with a hard-fought victory over La Rochelle. First half tries from Rob Cook and Billy Twelvetrees put the home side in control at half-time but they had to weather a storm in the second period to come away with the win as La Rochelle fought back hard to reduce the 17 point deficit to 10. David Humphreys' men are five from five at the top of pool four and they will be able to rest players for next week's trip to Zebre with a home quarter-final guaranteed.
GLOUCESTER: Rob Cook, Charlie Sharples, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, David Halaifonua, Billy Burns, GREIG LAIDLAW (C), Yann Thomas, Darren Dawidiuk, Nicky Thomas, Tom Savage, Mariano Galarza, Ross Moriarty, Jacob Rowan, Lewis Ludlow BENCH: Tom Lindsay, Dan Murphy, Josh McNulty, Joe Latta, Elliot Stooke, Callum Braley, Stevie McColl, Matt Kvesic
SCORERS T: Cook, Twelvetrees C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw (2) Atkinson
LA ROCHELLE: Benjamin Lapeyre, Elliot Roudil, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Pierre Aguillon, Alexander Northam, Fabien Fortassin, Julien Audy, Thomas Synaeghel, Hikairo Forbes, Uini Atonio, Damien Lagrange, Leo Cedaro, Zeno Kieft, JASON EATON (C), Afa Amosa BENCH: Maxime Gau, Jordan Seneca, Vincent Pelo, Romain Sazy, Kevin Gourdon, Jules Lebail, Zack Holmes, Gabriel Lacroix
SCORERS T: Lapeyre C: Audy P: Audy Cedaro
Referee: David Wilkinson
WORCESTER WARRIORS 15 - 22 ZEBRE RUGBY
Sixways Stadium - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-13 Att: 6,134
ZEBRE notched up a notable double with a 22-15 victory over Worcester Warriors in their Pool 4 clash at Sixways Stadium, forcing the homeside to play catch up for 70 minutes. The Italian side beat the Warriors 27-8 at a rainswept Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi at the end of November and this repeat result was good enough to secure a club-record third win and ensure them of their most successful tournament campaign. Worcester Warriors had been undefeated in 12 games against Italian opposition but have now lost successive contests to a buoyant Zebre.
WORCESTER: Ben Howard, Andy Short, ALEX GROVE (C), Andy Symons, Dean Hammond, Tiff Eden, Luke Baldwin, Ryan Bower, Ben Sowrey, Gareth Milasinovich, Dan Sanderson, Darren O'Shea, Huw Taylor, Carl Kirwan, Marco Mama BENCH: Daniel George, Mike Daniels, Nick Schonert, Tevita Cavubati, Matt Cox, Charlie Mulchrone, Ryan Mills, Perry Humphreys
SCORERS T: Baldwin, Hammond C: Symons P: Symons Taylor, O'Shea
ZEBRE: Ulrich Beyers, Dion Berryman, Giulio Bisegni, Matteo Pratichetti, Kayle Van Zyl, Kelly Haimona, Guglielmo Palazzani, Andrea de Marchi, Tommaso D'Apice, Dario Chistolini, Valerio Bernabo, MARCO BORTOLAMI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Dries van Schalkwyk BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Bruno Postiglioni, Pietro Ceccarelli, Federico Ruzza, Jean Cook, Luke Burgess, Giulio Toniolatti, Edoardo Padovani
SCORERS T: van Zyl C: Haimona P: Beyers, Haimona, Padovani (3) Berryman, Cook
Referee: Thomas Charabas
EDINBURGH RUGBY 23 - 0 AGEN
BT Murrayfield Stadium - Friday 15 January 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 8-0 Att: 3,100
IT may have taken the best part of five matches to come, but when Hamish Watson crossed for Edinburgh's fourth try in the 73rd minute it brought a huge sigh of relief as last season's Challenge Cup runners-up finally bagged a try bonus point. Even though they had only lost once in Pool 5 to stay very much in the hunt for a quarter-final ticket, Edinburgh were the lowest try scorers in their pool coming into the game and had not been able to pick up a bonus point. But in they reined from Bradbury, Coman and Tonks before Watson sealed the deal, whilst all Agen could muster was a sin binning for Chocou, losing five from five Challenge Cup matches.
EDINBURGH: Jack Cuthbert, Damien Hoyland, Michael Allen, Andries Strauss, William Helu, Greig Tonks, Sean Kennedy, Rory Sutherland, STUART MCINALLY (C), John Andress, Alex Toolis, Ben Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Anton Bresler, Mike Coman, Nathan Fowles, Chris Dean, Dougie Fife
SCORERS T: Bradbury, Coman, Tonks, Watson P: Tonks Andress
AGEN: Benoit Sicart, François Tardieu, Vincent Roux, Pierre Fouyssac, Filipo Nakosi, François Bouvier, PAUL ABADIE (C), Quentin Bethune, Marc Barthomeuf, Nicolas Chocou, Léo Bastien, Corentin Braendlin, Sione Tau, Denis Marchois, Marc Baget BENCH: Florian Dufour, Viliamu Afatia,, Félicien Vergnon, Nicolas Gal, Baptiste Cadiou, Clement Darbo, Alban Conduché
Referee: Ian Davies
LONDON IRISH 18 - 28 GRENOBLE
Madejski Stadium - Saturday 16 January 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-21 Att: 3,684
GRENOBLE put themselves in charge of Pool 5 - and dealt a hammer blow to London Irish knock-out stages qualification hopes - with a 28-18 win on the road at the Madejski Stadium. The top 14 club head the group on 18 points, a point ahead of Edinburgh Rugby, with the Exiles six points off the pace with just one round of matches to go. Grenoble and Edinburgh, the two pacesetters in the group, now meet in a winner-takes-all clash at Stade des Alpes in a thrilling climax to the Pool. But in Reading it all added up to Grenoble notching up a notable double as a dramatic score from an overthrown Exiles line-out allowed the Frenchman to snatch the Round 2 victory from the last play of the game and change the complexion of the Pool. Grenoble have now won their last four matches in the Challenge Cup, their best run in the competition, while London Irish were condemned to just a fourth defeat in their last 25 home matches.
IRISH: Topsy Ojo, Alex Lewington, Fergus Mulchrone, Theo Brophy Clews, Tom Fowlie, Shane Geraghty, Scott Steele, Tom Smallbone, Tom Cruse, Halani Aulika, Ollie Curry, Jebb Sinclair, Tom Guest, Joe Trayfoot, LUKE NARRAWAY (C) BENCH: Jimmy Stevens, Tom Court, Leo Halavatau, Conor Gilsenan, David Sisi, Darren Allinson, Johnny Williams, Dom Waldouck
SCORERS T: Waldouck, Lewington C: Geraghty P: Geraghty (2)
GRENOBLE: Gio Aplon, Lucas Dupont, Chris Farrell, Nigel Hunt, Armand Batlle, Jonathan Wisniewski, Charl McLeod, Sona Taumalolo, Arnaud Heguy, Dayna Edwards, BEN HAND (C), Peter Kimlin, Henry Vanderglas, Mahamadou Diaby, Rory Grice BENCH: Loïck Jammes, Denis Coulson, Walter Desmaison, Mathias Marie, Steven Setephano, Lilian Saseras, Clément Gelin, Daniel Kilioni
SCORERS T: Batlle, Hunt, McLeod C: Wisniewski (2) P: Wisniewski (3) Hand
Referee: Marius Mitrea
PAU 21 - 30 CASTRES OLYMPIQUE
Stade du Hameau - Saturday 09 January 2016
KO: 21:00 HT: 7-13 Att: 8,000
CASTRES kept their slim hopes of a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals alive as they condemned Pau to a 30-21 home defeat. Geoffrey Palis fired Castres into the lead with a penalty after six minutes, and a try from David Smith put Pau 10 points behind after 13 minutes. Another Palis penalty increased the lead before Thomas Bianchin made up for his sin bin break by shunting his way over for a score. Brandon Fajardo converted to pull the hosts back into within a score at the interval, 7-13. The revival continued after the break when centre Julien Fumat crashed over, before Fajardo added the conversion to complete the comeback from 13-0 down, to 14-13. But just as Pau snatched the lead, Fajardo was shown yellow opening the door for a Castres onslaught. And Sivivatu took full advantage. He stepped his way to the line and Fajardo converted to retake the lead. Vialelle then went over for Castres’ second try in as many minutes to give Castres a 25-14 lead. The bonus-point was wrapped up five minutes from time when Julien Beziat crashed over to score, securing a valuable victory over their rivals. Sean Dougall crashed over for a Pau try at the death, but it was too little, too late.
PAU: 15 Romain Burros 14 Marika Vunibaka 13 Julien Fumat 12 Jale Vatubua 11 Mathieu Acebes 10 Brandon Fajardo 9 Thierry Lacrampe 8 Brice Monzeglio 7 Josefa Ulago Domolailai 6 Loic Bernad 5 Claude Dry 4 Cameron Pierce 3 Chris King 2 Thomas Bianchin 1 Julien Jacquot BENCH: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq-Brettes 17 Jérémy Hurou 18 Euan Murray 19 Giovanni Habel Kueffner 20 Sean Dougall 21 Samuel Marques 22 Charly Malie 23 Watisoni Votu
SCORERS T: Bianchin, Fumat, Dougall C: Fajardo (3) Bianchin, Vatabua
CASTRES: 15 Geoffrey Palis 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu 13 Florian Vialelle 12 Romain Cabannes 11 David Smith 10 Julien Dumora 9 Julien Seron 8 Johnnie Beattie 7 Yannick Caballero 6 Piula Faasalele 5 Benjamin Desroche 4 Christophe Samson 3 Lucas Martinez 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier 1 Mihaita Lazar BENCH: 16 Julien Beziat 17 Eric Sione 18 Saimone Taumoepeau 19 Mathieu Babillot 20 Theo Hannoyer 21 Francois Fontaine 22 Remi Lamerat 23 Antoine Dupont
SCORERS T: Smith, Sivivatu, Vialelle, Beziat C: Palis (2) P: Palis (2)
Referee: Ian Davies
ONLY Harlequins and Gloucester Rugby remain unbeaten in the Challenge Cup. Quins are the only club with a maximum 20 points from four games, and they also lead the way with a total of 27 tries scored. Gloucester have 17 points from four rounds of European action and look set to march into the quarter-finals once again.
Brive bounced back from their shock defeat at Enisei-STM to bank a bonus point in their 33-3 home win. Both clubs went into the match with one win each but once Brive turned the screw in the later stages of the contest - and the Russian discipline let them down - there was always only going to see Brive walk off the winners. Newcastle Falcons closed the gap on pool one leaders Connacht with a dominant second half display against the Irish province. The two sides were locked at 5-5 at half-time but four tries after the interval, including two penalty tries, earned the Falcons a bonus point. It moves the Falcons two points behind Pool 1 leaders Connacht in the race for a quarter-final spot.
Sale Sharks kept the pressure on at the top of Pool 2 with a hard-fought win over Castres Olympique. The Sharks led by just nine points at half-time thanks to three penalties from the boot of Joe Ford before three tries after the break from Viliami Fihaki, Neil Briggs and Johnny Leota made sure of the win. Castre had threatened a comeback with a try from Johnnie Beattie in between the first two Sharks' scores but the French side left with nothing to show for a spirited display. Newport Gwent Dragons wrecked Conrad Smith's Challenge Cup debut with an inspired display to claim a 34-17 bonus-point triumph at Pau. Cory Hill got Lyn Jones' side off to a dream start before tries from Ashton Hewitt and Jason Tovey gave the Rodney Parade region a 24-0 lead at half-time. The bonus-point to put the Dragons back at the summit of pool two was wrapped up eight minutes after the break by Carl Meyer, before Tovey steered his side past a mini Pau revival.
Paul Willemse's converted try two minutes into injury time rescued a dramatic win for Montpellier at home to the Cardiff Blues. Two penalties in the final 10 minutes from Blues rookie outside-half Jarrod Evans looked to have won it for the visitors but Willemse's try and a conversion from Demetri Catrakilis broke Welsh hearts. Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts enjoyed a dream Harlequins debut as his new side racked up nine tries to beat Rugby Calvisano 59-7 at the Twickenham Stoop. The new Cambridge Blue crashed over for one of seven second-half tries after the Quins were made to fight hard for a 14-7 half-time lead. The Twickenham Stoop side have all-but booked their place in the quarter-finals with 20 points in Pool 3 from four rounds of Challenge Cup action.
Gloucester Rugby broke the record for most the successive Challenge Cup wins and tightened their grip on Pool 4 with a 27-13 triumph over local rivals Worcester Warriors. Greig Laidlaw's 22-point haul and a try from former Worcester favourite Matt Kvesic saw the Cherry and Whites break Sale Sharks' record with their 13th straight triumph. Ben Howard impressed again with a try, but it was not enough to keep Worcester's qualification hopes alive. Zebre picked up where they had left off in the second half in La Rochelle by piling even more points on the Top 14 side. The Italians had been 27-0 adrift at Stade Marcel Deflandre a week earlier before they finally got their act together. Three tries flowed and the final margin of victory was reduced to eight points. This made it a second home win for Zebre and they improved on their record breaking winning margin of 19 against Worcester Warriors in round two by making it 20 points this time against the Top 14 side.
Edinburgh clawed their way back into contention with a vital win over London Irish. Last season's finallists twice came from behind at Murrayfield to clinch victory. Tom Brown crossed in the first half before Scotland international John Hardie scored the winner eight minutes from time. But it was Edinburgh's defence that proved the difference as London Irish dominated possession but only had tries from front-row pair Gerard Ellis and Tom Smallbone to show. A late try clinched a dramatic win against Agen at Stade des Alps and sent Grenoble top of Pool 5. Maritino Nemani squeezed over for the winner in the 79th minute of the highest scoring game in European competition this season. The win meant Grenoble kept up the pressure on their Pool 5 rivals. And a third victory in a row also equalled their best run in the European Rugby Challenge Cup. However a fourth successive defeat represents Agen's worst set of results in the Challenge Cup and an exit from this year's tournament despite claiming two bonus points.
BRIVE 33 - 3 ENISEI-STM
Stade Amédée-Domenech - Saturday 19 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-0 Att: 3,000
BRIVE: Romain Sola, Alfifeleti Mafi, Atila Septar, Thomas Laranjeira, Benito Masilevu, Matthieu Ugalde, JEAN-BAPTISTE PEJOINE (C), Damien Lavergne, Thomas Acquier, Kevin Buys, Victor Lebas, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Hugues Briatte, Poutasi Luafutu, Sisa Koyamaibole BENCH: Guillaume Ribes, Goderzi Shvelidze, Damien Jourdain, Peet Marais, Fabien Sanconnie, William Whetton, Nicolas Bézy, Arnaud Mignardi
SCORERS T: Septar, Mignardi, Koyamaibole, Mafif, Sola C: Laranjeira (4) Jourdain
ENISEI: Robert Malneek, Igor Kurashov, Denis Simplikevich, Mikhail Babaev, David Kacharava, Iurii Kushnarev, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), Alexey Volkov, Nazir Gasanov, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Andrey Temnov, Vitalii Orlov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Stanislav Selskii, Andrei Polivalov, Evgenii Pronenko, Mikhail Sidorov, Plavel Butenko, Alexey Shcherban, Dmitriy Simonov, Ramil Gaisin
SCORERS P: Kushnarev Volkov, Pronenko
Referee: Gary Conway
NEWCASTLE FALCONS 29 - 5 CONNACHT
Kingston Park - Sunday 20 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 5-5 Att: tbc
FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Alex Tait, Belisario Agulla, Chris Harris, Marcus Watson, Craig Willis, Tane Takulua, Alex Rogers, Scott Lawson, Jon Welsh, Mouritz Botha, Sean Robinson, WILL WELCH (C), Dan Temm, Allister Hogg BENCH: George McGuigan, Rob Vickers, Taione Vea, Calum Green, Richard Mayhew, Micky Young, Tom Catterick, Juan Socino
SCORERS T: Watson (2), PT (2), Agulla C: Willis (2)
CONNACHT : Danie Poolman, Rory Parata, Peter Robb, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun, Shane O'Leary, Caolin Blade, Conan O'Donnell, Jason Harris Wright, Rodney Ah You, Danny Qualter, Andrew Browne, Sean O'Brien, Eoghan Masterson, GEORGE NAOUPU (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Saba Meunargia, Aly Muldowney, David Heffernan, Ian Porter, Jack Carty
SCORERST: Poolman YC Masterson
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
SALE SHARKS vs CASTRES OLYMPIQUE
AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 19 December 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 9-0 Att: 4,525
SHARKS: Tom Arscott, Tom Brady, Johnny Leota, Mark Jennings, Charlie Ingall, Joe Ford, James Mitchell, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Tommy Taylor, Vadim Cobilas, Jon Mills, Andrei Ostrikov, Mark Easter, DAVID SEYMOUR (C), Vili Fihaki BENCH: Neil Briggs, Ross Harrison, James Flynn, Josh Beaumont, Cameron Neild, Peter Stringer, Danny Cipriani, Michael Haley
SCORERS T: Fihaki, Briggs, Leota C: Ford, Cipriani P: Ford (3), Cipriani
CASTRES : Geoffrey Palis, David Smith, Florian Vialelle, Remi Lamerat, Romain Martial, Julien Dumora, Antoine Dupont, Antoine Tichit, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Karena Wihongi, Christophe Samson, Victor Moreaux, Ibrahim Diarra, Alexandre Bias, JOHNNIE BEATTIE (C) BENCH: Julien Beziat, Saimone Taumoepeau, Yohan Montes, Benjamin Desroche, Alex Tulou, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Thomas Combezou, Julien Seron
SCORERS T: Beattie C: Dupont P: Dumora Bias, Samson
Referee: Dudley Phillips
PAU 17 - 34 NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS
Stade du Hameau - Saturday 19 December 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 0-24 Att: 7,500
PAU: Damien Traille, Sireli Bobo, JULIEN FUMAT (C), Jale Vatubua, Mosese Ratuvou, Colin Slade, Thierry Lacrampe, Jérémy Hurou, Mehdi Boundjema, Sylvain Charlet, Daniel Ramsay, Julien Pierre, Josefa Ulago Domolailai, Paddy Butler, Brice Monzeglio BENCH: Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, Julien Jacquot, Euan Murray, James Coughlan, Sean Dougall, Thibault Daubagna, Conrad Smith, Watisoni Votu
SCORERS T: Butler, Ratuvou, Votu C: Slade Traille
DRAGONS: Carl Meyer, Nick Scott, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Ashton Hewitt, Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Cory Hill, RYNARD LANDMAN (C), Nick Crosswell, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau BENCH: Rhys Buckley, Brok Harris, Shaun Knight, Matthew Screech, Ollie Griffiths, Charlie Davies, Dorian Jones, Ross Wardle
SCORERS T: Hill, Hewitt, Tovey, Meyer C: Tovey (4) P: Tovey DG: Tovey Hill, Hughes
Referee: Andrew Brace
MONTPELLIER 23 - 22 CARDIFF BLUES
Altrad Stadium - Thursday 17 December 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 13-16 Att: 6,000
MONTPELLIER: Anthony Floch, Julien Malzieu, Timoci Nagusa, Robert Ebersohn, Marvin O'Connor, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic White, Mikheil Nariashvili, Charles Geli, Jannie Du Plessis, Robins Tchale Watchou, Paul Willemse, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Antoine Battut, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Mickael Ivaldi, Pat Cilliers, Nicolas Mas, Sitaleki Timani, Wiaan Liebenberg, Benjamin Lucas, Anthony Tuitavke, Pierre Berard
SCORERS T: Malzieu, Willemse C: Catrakilis (2) P: Catrakilis (3)
BLUES: Rhys Patchell, Alex Cuthbert, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo, Tom James, Jarrod Evans, Tavis Knoyle, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Kristian Dacey, Tau Filise, Jarrad Hoeata, Lou Reed, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Manoa Vosawai BENCH: Ethan Lewis, Sam Hobbs, Dillon Lewis, James Down, Josh Turnbull, Lloyd Williams, Tom Isaacs, Blaine Scully
SCORERS T: Cuthbert C: Patchell P: Patchell (3), Evans (2) Vosawai
Referee: Ian Tempest
HARLEQUINS 59 - 7 RUGBY CALVISANO
The Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 19 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-7 Att: 11,230
HARLEQUINS: Tim Swiel, Marland Yarde, Winston Stanley, Jamie Roberts, James Chisholm, Ben Botica, Tito Tebaldi, Owen Evans, Rob Buchanan, Kyle Sinckler, George Merrick, Charlie Matthews, Archie White, Dave Ward, JACK CLIFFORD (C) BENCH: Joe Gray, Seb Adeniran-Olule, Adam Jones, Kieran Treadwell, Harry Sloan, Karl Dickson, Matt Hopper, Charlie Walker
SCORERS T: Yarde, Sinckler, Clifford, Chisholm, Roberts, Walker, Botica, Swiel, Dickson C: Botica (7)
CALVISANO: Matteo Minozzi, Giacomo De Santis, PABLO CANAVOSIO (C), Alberto Chiesa, Marco Susio, Florin Vlaicu, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Rudy Biancotti, Michele Andreotti, Davide Zanetti, Nicola Belardo, Alessio Zdrilich, Renato Giammarioli BENCH: Gabriele Morelli, Elia Violi, Marco Riccioni, Luca Beccaris, Matteo Archetti, Maxime Mbanda, Filippo Buscema, Daniele Di Giulio
SCORERS T: Susio C: Vlaicu Belardo, Zanetti
Referee: Tual Trainini
GLOUCESTER 27 - 13 WORCESTER WARRIORS
Kingsholm Stadium - Thursday 17 December 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 16-10 Att: 10,942
GLOUCESTER: Rob Cook, Charlie Sharples, Henry Purdy, BILLY TWELVETREES (C), Jonny May, James Hook, Greig Laidlaw, Yann Thomas, Darren Dawiduik, Nicky Thomas, Tom Savage, Mariano Galarza, Jacob Rowan, Matt Kvesic, Lewis Ludlow BENCH: Tom Lindsay, Dan Murphy, Josh McNulty, Elliot Stooke, Tom Hicks, Willi Heinz, Billy Burns, Mark Atkinson
SCORERS T: Laidlaw, Kvesic C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw (5)
WARRIORS: Ben Howard, Dean Hammond, Alex Grove, Andy Symons, Tom Biggs, Ryan Lamb, CHARLIE MULCHRONE (C), Val Rapava Ruskin , Ben Sowrey, Mike Daniels, Dan Sanderson , Tevita Cavubati , Sam Betty, Carl Kirwan, Marco Mama BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Ryan Bower, Gareth Milasinovich, Darren Barry, Huw Taylor, Jonny Arr, Tiff Eden, Max Stelling
SCORERS T: Howard C: Lamb P: Lamb (2)
Referee: Ian Davies
ZEBRE RUGBY 25 - 5 LA ROCHELLE
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 19 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-0 Att: 1,657
ZEBRE: Mils Muliaina, Dion Berryman, Tommaso Boni, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Edoardo Padovani, Luke Burgess, Andrea Lovotti, Tommaso D'Apice , Pietro Ceccarelli, Marco Bortolami, GEORGE BIAGI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Paul Derbyshire BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea de Marchi, Guillermo Roan, Valerio Bernabo, Federico Ruzza, Guglielmo Palazzani, Giulio Bisegni, Carlo Canna
SCORERS T: Derbyshire, Meyer, Muliaina C: Padovani, Canna P: Padovani (2) Fabiani
LA ROCHELLE : Kini Murimurivalu, Gabriel Lacroix, Pierre Aguillon, Malietoa Hingano, Benjamin Lapeyre, Charles Bouldoire, Ricky Januarie, Vincent Pelo, Maxime Gau, Gagi Bazadze, JASON EATON (C), Leo Cedaro, Romain Sazy, Zeno Kieft, Jone Qovu Nailiko BENCH: David Roumieu, Thomas Synaeghel, Lekso Kaulashvili, Damien Lagrange, Kevin Gourdon, Jules Lebail, Elliot Roudil, Kamilieni Raivono
SCORERS T: Januarie Qovu, Eaton
Referee: Lloyd Linton
EDINBURGH RUGBY 18 - 15 LONDON IRISH
BT Murrayfield Stadium - Friday 18 December 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 13-8 Att: 3,551
EDINBURGH: Greig Tonks, Damien Hoyland, Michael Allen, Matt Scott, Tom Brown, Phil Burleigh, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Rory Sutherland, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Alex Toolis, MIKE COMAN (C), John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Jamie Ritchie, Magnus Bradbury, Sean Kennedy, Andries Strauss, Jack Cuthbert
SCORERS T: Brown, Hardie C: Hidalgo-Clyne P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2)
IRISH: Topsy Ojo, Alex Lewington, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Wililams, Andrew Fenby, SHANE GERAGHTY (C), Darren Allinson, Tom Court, Gerard Ellis, Ben Franks, Eoin Sheriff, Nic Rouse, Blair Cowan, Conor Gilsenan, Ofisa Treviranus BENCH: Jimmy Stevens, Tom Smallbone, Leo Halavatau, David Sisi, Joe Trayfoot, Scott Steele, Chris Noakes, Fergus Mulchrone
SCORERS T: Ellis, Smallbone C: Geraghty P: Geraghty
Referee: David Wilkinson
GRENOBLE 48 - 45 AGEN
Stade des Alpes - Friday 18 December 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 13-24 Att: 9,370
GRENOBLE: Clement Gelin, Tino Nemani, FABRICE ESTEBANEZ (C), Nigel Hunt, Armand Batlle, Jonathan Wisniewski, Lilian Saseras, Fabien Barcella, Laurent Bouchet, Dayna Edwards, Mathias Marie, Hendrik Roodt, Henry Vanderglas, Fabien Alexandre, Steven Setephano BENCH: Loick Jammes, Denis Coulson, Walter Desmaison, Peter Kimlin, Mahamadou Diaby, Christophe Loustalot, Gilles Bosch, Robinson Caire
SCORERS T: Hunt, Barcella, Nemani (2), Estebanez, Gellin C: Wisniewski (3), Estebanez, Bosch (2) P: Wisniewski Estebanez, Bouchet
AGEN: Benoit Sicart, Filipo Nakosi, Vincent Roux, Pierre Fouyssac, François Tardieu, François Bouvier, PAUL ABADIE (C), Quentin Bethune, Marc Barthomeuf, Arthur Joly, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Corentin Braendlin, Denis Marchois, Léo Bastien, Marc Baget BENCH: Jason Marshall, Viliamu Afatia, Giorgi Margvelani, Nicolas Gal, Clement Darbo, Thibaud Mazzoleni, Julien Heriteau, Marius Deguilhem
SCORERS T: Bastien, Barthomeuf, Nakosi (2), Braendlin (2), Sicart C: Bouvier (2), Darbo (3)
Referee: Tom Foley
CONNACHT RUGBY, Harlequins and Gloucester Rugby are the only unbeaten clubs at the end of Round 3. Gloucester registered their 12th successive Challenge Cup win to equal Sale Sharks' record, and are favourites to set a new tournament mark when they take on Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm on Thursday.
Grenoble's Tongan international prop, Sona Taumalolo, scored a hat-trick of tries in the win over Agen at Stade Armandie to become the second player from the club to achieve the feat in the Challenge Cup after Laurent Bouchet in the 2012/13 season. Andrew Fenby also ran in a hat-trick in London Irish's big win over Edinburgh Rugby in Pool 5.
Pool 3 leaders, Harlequins, are the current tournament top scorers on 123 points and not surprisingly they also lead the try scoring charts with 18. Meanwhile Pau, Agen and Rugby Calvisano remain winless in three rounds of the Challenge Cup, though with French home games postponed due to the Paris attacks in Round 1, Pau still has a game in hand, as does Castres Olympique.
Enisei-STM made some more history when they became the first Russian side to win a game in a European professional club tournament. Enisei held off Brive at the Yug Stadium in Sochi to edge the victory by 10-7 in Pool 1.
La Rochelle delivered their first win of the campaign with a 27-19 home success over Zebre Rugby in Pool 4.
The Round 3 Comeback Award goes to Cardiff Blues who were trailing fast-starting Montpellier 20-7 during the first half at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park before recovering to win 37-27.
Wins by visiting clubs in France don't come easy and Sale Sharks are right in the mix just one point behind Newport Gwent Dragons in Pool 2 following their hard-fought 17-10 victory over Castres Olympique at Stade Pierre Antoine.
Regarding the tournament stats categories, Dorian Jones of the Dragons is the leading scorer on 43 points, Alex Lewington of London Irish has made with most metres with 310, Newcastle Falcons are the top offloaders with 58, and Alberto Chiesa of Rugby Calvisano and London Irish's Eoin Sheriff head the individual tackle count on 42 apiece.
CONNACHT 25 - 10 NEWCASTLE FALCONS
The Sportsground - Friday 11 December 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 9-3 Att: 4,346
CONNACHT: TIERNAN O'HALLORAN (C), Niyi Adeolokun, Rory Parata, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, Finlay Bealham, Jason Harris Wright, Nathan White, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, George Naoupu BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Conan O'Donnell, Rodney Ah You, Danny Qualter, David Heffernan, Ian Porter, Shane O'Leary, Danie Poolman
SCORERS T: Poolman C: Carty P: Carty (6) Parata
FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Dan Marshall, Tom Penny, Chris Harris, Zach Kibirige, Craig Willis, Tane Takulua, Alex Rogers, Scott Lawson, Taione Vea, Will Witty, Mouritz Botha, RICHARD MAYHEW (C), Dan Temm, Allister Hogg BENCH: Rob Vickers, Ben Harris, Andy Foster, Calum Green, Callum Chick, Ruaridh Dawson, Juan Socino, Marcus Watson
SCORERS T: Mayhew C: Willis P: Willis
Referee: Matthew Carley
ENISEI-STM 10 - 7 BRIVE
Yug Stadium - Saturday 12 December 2015
KO: 14:00 HT: 10-0 Att: 600
ENISEI: Igor Kurashov, Robert Malneek, David Kacharava, Mikhail Babaev, Denis Simplikevich, Iurii Kushnarev, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), Alexey Volkov, Nazir Gasanov, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Plavel Butenko, Mikhail Sidorov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Stanislav Selskii, Andrei Polivalov, Evgenii Pronenko, Andrey Temnov, Ramil Gaisin, Alexey Shcherban, Yaroslav Rechnev, Dmitrii Krotov
SCORERS T: Gasanov C: Kushnarev P: Kushnarev
BRIVE: Anderson Neisen, Atila Septar, ARNAUD MIGNARDI (C), Thomas Laranjeira, Benito Masilevu, Romain Sola, Nicolas Bézy, Damien Lavergne, Francois Da Ros, Yusuf Tuncer, Victor Lebas, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Hugues Briatte, Poutasi Luafutu, William Whetton BENCH: Thomas Acquier, Goderzi Shvelidze, Kevin Buys, Fabien Sanconnie, Said Hireche, Péniami Narisia, David Delarue, Jean-Baptiste Pejoine
SCORERS T: Acquier C: Bézy
Referee: Nigel Owens
NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 22 - 0 PAU
Rodney Parade - Saturday 12 December 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 11-0 Att: 4,202
DRAGONS: Carl Meyer, Tom Prydie, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Ashton Hewitt, Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, T RHYS THOMAS (C), Brok Harris, Matthew Screech, Rynard Landman, Lewis Evans, Ollie Griffiths, Toby Faletau BENCH: Elliot Dee, Lloyd Fairbrother, Shaun Knight, Cory Hill, Ed Jackson, Luc Jones, Jason Tovey, Ross Wardle
SCORERS T: Pretorius, Dorian Jones P: Dorian Jones (4)
PAU: Romain Buros, Marika Vunibaka, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Elijah Niko, Charly Malie, Samuel Marques, Chris King, Mehdi Boundjema, Euan Murray, Cameron Pierce, Claude Dry, Sean Dougall, Josefa Ulago Domolailai, BRICE MONZEGLIO (C) BENCH: Thomas Bianchin, Julien Jacquot, Giorgi Natsarashvili, Daniel Ramsay, Loic Bernad, Thierry Lacrampe, Pierre Dupouy, Mosese Ratuvou
Referee: JP Doyle
CASTRES OLYMPIQUE 10 - 17 SALE SHARKS
Stade Pierre Antoine - Saturday 12 December 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 10-7 Att: 6,816
CASTRES: Julien Caminati, Romain Martial, Florian Vialelle, ROMAIN CABANNES (C), Louis Decrop, Julien Dumora, Antoine Dupont, Saimone Taumoepeau, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Yohan Montes, Christophe Samson, Victor Moreaux, Yannick Caballero, Ibrahim Diarra, Johnnie Beattie BENCH: Julien Beziat, Antoine Tichit, Lucas Martinez, Benjamin Desroche, Mathieu Babillot, Francois Fontaine, Julien Seron, Thomas Combezou
SCORERS T: Vialelle C: Dumora P: Dumora Rallier, Caminati
SHARKS: Tom Arscott, Neville Edwards, Will Addison, Mark Jennings, Charlie Ingall, Joe Ford, James Mitchell, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Neil Briggs, Brian Mujati, Jon Mills, Andrei Ostrikov, Magnus Lund, DAVID SEYMOUR (C), Mark Easter BENCH: Tommy Taylor, James Flynn, Ciaran Parker, Josh Beaumont, Cameron Neild, Tim Jeffers, Sam James, Michael Haley
SCORERS T: Edwards, PT C: Ford (2) P: Ford Addison
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
CARDIFF BLUES 37 - 27 MONTPELLIER
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 11 December 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 14-20 Att: 4,602
BLUES: Dan Fish, Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Gavin Evans, Tom James, Rhys Patchell, LLOYD WILLIAMS (C), Sam Hobbs, Kristian Dacey, Tau Filise, Jarrad Hoeata, James Down, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Ethan Lewis, Gethin Jenkins, Craig Mitchell, Scott Andrews, Cam Dolan, Tavis Knoyle, Jarrod Evans, Garyn Smith
SCORERS T: Patchell, Navidi (2), Williams, Cuthbert C: Patchell (3) P: Patchell (2)
MONTPELLIER: Benjamin Fall, Timoci Nagusa, Anthony Tuitavke, Robert Ebersohn, Julien Malzieu, Benjamin Lucas, Benoit Paillaugue, Jamie Mackintosh, Bismarck Du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Jacques Du Plessis, Paul Willemse, Wiaan Liebenberg, ANTOINE BATTUT (C), Akapusi Qera BENCH: Charles Geli, Mikheil Nariashvili, Nicolas Mas, Robins Tchale Watchou, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Cameron Wright, Demetri Catrakilis, Anthony Floch
SCORERS T: Mackintosh, Nagusa, Malzieu, Geli C: Paillaugue, Catrakilis P: Paillaugue du Plessis, Tchale-Watchou
Referee: George Clancy
RUGBY CALVISANO 10 - 50 HARLEQUINS
Peroni Stadium - Saturday 12 December 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-29 Att: 1,300
CALVISANO: Matteo Minozzi, Ben De Jager, PABLO CANAVOSIO (C), Alberto Chiesa, Marco Susio, Filippo Buscema, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Rudy Biancotti, Agustin Cavalieri, Davide Zanetti, Nicola Belardo, Maxime Mbanda, Renato Giammarioli BENCH: Luhandre Luus, Gabriele Morelli, Salvatore Costanzo, Michele Andreotti, Jim Tuivaiti, Matteo Archetti, Daniele Di Giulio, Giacomo De Santis
SCORERS T: Mbanda C: Minozzi P: Buscema Cavalieri
HARLEQUINS: Tim Swiel, Ross Chisholm, Matt Hopper, Winston Stanley, Tim Visser, Ben Botica, Karl Dickson, Mark Lambert, Rob Buchanan, Will Collier, James Horwill, Charlie Matthews, Archie White, Luke Wallace, JACK CLIFFORD (C) BENCH: Dave Ward, Owen Evans, Kyle Sinckler, George Merrick, Kieran Treadwell, Tito Tebaldi, Harry Sloan, Charlie Walker
SCORERS T: Wallace (2), Lambert, Clifford, Chisholm, Hopper, Sinckler, Walker C: Botica (5)
Referee: Romain Poite
WORCESTER WARRIORS 22 - 34 GLOUCESTER
Sixways Stadium - Thursday 10 December 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 10-10 Att: 6,774
WORCESTER: Ben Howard, Dean Hammond, Alex Grove, Andy Symons, Tom Biggs, Ryan Lamb, CHARLIE MULCHRONE (C), Ryan Bower, Jaba Bregvadze, Gareth Milasinovich, Dan Sanderson , Darren O'Shea, Matt Cox, Carl Kirwan, Marco Mama BENCH: Ben Sowrey, Val Rapava Ruskin , Mike Daniels, Darren Barry, Sam Betty, Jonny Arr, Tiff Eden, Max Stelling
SCORERS T: Hammond, Daniels, O'Shea C: Lamb (2) DG: Lamb
GLOUCESTER: Stevie McColl, David Halaifonua, Henry Trinder, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy, Billy Burns, GREIG LAIDLAW (C), Nick Wood, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones, Elliot Stooke, Mariano Galarza, Sione Kalafamoni, Jacob Rowan, Lewis Ludlow BENCH: Darren Dawiduik, Yann Thomas, Nicky Thomas, Tom Hicks, Daniel Thomas, Callum Braley, Billy Twelvetrees, Rob Cook
SCORERS T: Purdy (2), Cook, McColl, Twelvetrees C: Laidlaw (3) P: Laidlaw Ludlow
Referee: Wayne Barnes
LA ROCHELLE 27 - 19 ZEBRE RUGBY
Stade Marcel Deflandre - Friday 11 December 2015
KO: 20:00 HT: 20-0 Att: 10,600
LA ROCHELLE: Benjamin Lapeyre, Lancelot Luteau, Elliot Roudil, Malietoa Hingano, Kini Murimurivalu, Fabien Fortassin, Jules Lebail, Thomas Synaeghel, Maxime Gau, Uini Atonio, Damien Lagrange, Leo Cedaro, Romain Sazy, ZENO KIEFT (C), Jone Qovu Nailiko BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Jordan Seneca, Gagi Bazadze, Romana Graham, Benoit Guyot, Ricky Januarie, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Kamilieni Raivono
SCORERS T: Lapeyre, Qovu, Murmurivalu, Fortassin C: Fortassin, Lebail P: Fortassin Atonio
ZEBRE: Mils Muliaina, Kayle Van Zyl, Giulio Bisegni, Matteo Pratichetti, Michele Visentin, Edoardo Padovani, Luke Burgess, Andrea de Marchi, Victor Emiliano Coria Marchetti, Pietro Ceccarelli, Valerio Bernabo, MARCO BORTOLAMI (C), Filippo Ferrarini, Johan Meyer, Paul Derbyshire BENCH: Tommaso D'Apice , Andrea Lovotti, Dario Chistolini, Federico Ruzza, Filippo Cristiano, Guglielmo Palazzani, Giiulio Toniolatti , Carlo Canna
SCORERS T: Toniolatti, Palazzani, PT C: Padovani (2) Chistolini
Referee: John Lacey
AGEN 20 - 40 GRENOBLE
Stade Armandie - Thursday 10 December 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 3-28 Att: 3,932
AGEN: Benoit Sicart, François Tardieu, Vincent Roux, Pierre Fouyssac, Marius Deguilhem, Bautista Guemes, PAUL ABADIE (C), Quentin Bethune, Jalil Narjissi, Jason Marshall, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Léo Bastien, Nicolas Gal, Antoine Miquel, Marc Baget BENCH: Marc Barthomeuf, Viliamu Afatia, Dave Ryan, Denis Marchois, Corentin Braendlin, Baptiste Cadiou, François Bouvier, Julien Heriteau
SCORERS T: Barthomeuf (2), Deguilhem C: Bouvier P: Guemes Barthomeuf
GRENOBLE: Armand Batlle, Daniel Kilioni, Chris Farrell, Jackson Willison, Xavier Mignot, Gilles Bosch, Christophe Loustalot, Sona Taumalolo, Laurent Bouchet, Rossouw de Klerk, JONATHAN BEST (C), Mathias Marie, Henry Vanderglas, Fabien Alexandre, Steven Setephano BENCH: Loick Jammes, Denis Coulson, Walter Desmaison, Ben Hand, Mahamadou Diaby, Lilian Saseras, Clement Gelin, Nigel Hunt
SCORERS T: Mignot (2), Taumalolo (3), PT C: Bosch (4), Loustalot Best
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
LONDON IRISH 38 - 6 EDINBURGH RUGBY
Madejski Stadium - Saturday 12 December 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 26-6 Att: 3,959
IRISH: Sean Maitland, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuma, Johnny Williams, Andrew Fenby, Shane Geraghty, Brendan McKibbin, Tom Court, Gerard Ellis, Ben Franks, Eoin Sheriff, Jebb Sinclair, LUKE NARRAWAY (C), Conor Gilsenan, Ofisa Treviranus BENCH: Jimmy Stevens, Tom Smallbone, Leo Halavatau, David Sisi, Blair Cowan, Darren Allinson, Theo Brophy Clews, Dom Waldouck
SCORERS T: Fenby (3), Lewington, Williams, Tikoirotuma C: Geraghty (4), Brophy Clews
EDINBURGH: Dougie Fife, Tom Brown, Michael Allen, Andries Strauss, Otulea Katoa, Greig Tonks, Nathan Fowles, Rory Sutherland, NEIL COCHRANE (C), John Andress, Anton Bresler, Alex Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: George Turner, Grant Shiells, Simon Berghan, Magnus Bradbury, Chris Dean, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland
SCORERS P: Tonks (2) Tonks
Referee: Marius Mitrea
HARLEQUINS, Gloucester and Edinburgh all registered away wins in Round 2, and Zebre Rugby notched up their first points with a convincing 27-8 victory over Worcester Warriors. Of the clubs that have played two matches to date, Gloucester, Harlequins, Edinburgh Rugby and Connacht Rugby remain unbeaten, while Harlequins are the only side with a maximum 10 points.
Grenoble replacement Clément Gelin scored in the last minute to earn his side a 27-20 win over battling London Irish at the Stade des Alpes in Pool 5.
Carlo Canna's 17 points for Zebre against Worcester is the most by a player for the Italian club in a Challenge Cup match.
London Irish's Eoin Sheriff is the tournament's top tackler after two rounds with 34.
Newcastle Falcons wing, Marcus Watson, who scored four tries against Enisei-STM to equal Ollie Phillips' club record for a European game, is the tournament's leading metre-maker with 255, and he has also beaten 15 defenders.
Watson's quartet is still some way off the Challenge Cup record of six tries in a game set by Alexandre Bouyssie of Bordeaux-Bègles against Bologna in the 2001/02 season.
Benoit Paillaugue of Montpellier is currently top of the scoring charts with 31 points while Watson leads the try scorers on 4.
Sale Sharks No 8, Vili Fihaki who scored a late try to earn his side a bonus point victory over Pau, has made the most carries of any player in the tournament to date with 42.
If Pool 4 leaders Gloucester Rugby manage to defeat Worcester Warriors in Round 3 next month, they will equal Sale Sharks' record tournament winning streak of 12 games.
Montpellier ran in 10 tries in their 64-0 win over Rugby Calvisano at Altrad Stadium.
CONNACHT RUGBY 21 - 17 BRIVE
The Sportsground - Saturday 21 November 2015
KO: 17:00 HT: 11-5 Att: 4,357
CONNACHT TIERNAN O'HALLORAN (C), Rory Parata, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Danie Poolman, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Ronan Loughney, Jason Harris Wright, Nathan White, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Eoghan Masterson, Nepia Fox Matamua, Eoin McKeon BENCH: David Heffernan, Conan O'Donnell, Finlay Bealham, Danny Qualter, George Naoupu, Ian Porter, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun
SCORERS T: Parata, Marshall, Marmion P: Carty (2)
BRIVE Romain Sola, Elia Radikedike, Benjamin Petre, Christopher Tuatara, Benito Masilevu, Matthieu Ugalde, JEAN-BAPTISTE PEJOINE (C), Damien Lavergne, Thomas Acquier, Kevin Buys, Johan Snyman, Wilhem Steenkamp, Hugues Briatte, Poutasi Luafutu, William Whetton BENCH: Guillaume Ribes, Goderzi Shvelidze, Giorgi Jgenti, Victor Lebas, Said Hireche, Teddy Iribaren, Alfifeleti Mafi, Sevanaia Galala
SCORERS T: Acquier, Masilevu, Galala C: Iribaren
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
NEWCASTLE FALCONS 55 - 7 ENISEI-STM
Kingston Park - Sunday 22 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 29-7 Att: 4,093
FALCONS Alex Tait, Zach Kibirige, Tom Penny, Chris Harris, Marcus Watson, Tom Catterick, Micky Young, Rob Vickers, George McGuigan, Jon Welsh, Calum Green, Sean Robinson, WILL WELCH (C), Dan Temm, Mark Wilson BENCH: Scott Lawson, Alex Rogers, Taione Vea, Will Witty, Richard Mayhew, Ruki Tipuna, Craig Willis, Adam Powell
SCORERS T: Kibirige (2), Wilson (3), Watson (4) C: Catterick (5)
ENISEI Iurii Kushnarev, Robert Malneek, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Denis Simplikevich, Ramil Gaisin, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), Aleksandr Bezverkhov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Vitalii Orlov, Andrey Temnov, Anton Rudoi BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Lawrence Cleminson, Evgenii Pronenko, Plavel Butenko, Mikhail Babaev, Alexey Shcherban, Igor Kurashov, Dmitrii Krotov
SCORERS T: Simplikevich C: Kushnarev Krasylnyk, Krotov
Referee: Andrew Brace
SALE SHARKS 29 - 20 PAU
AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 21 November 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 14-13 Att: 4,006
SHARKS Michael Haley, Tom Brady, Sam James, Mark Jennings, Will Addison, Joe Ford, Chris Cusiter, Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Brian Mujati, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, MAGNUS LUND (C), TJ Ioane, Vili Fihaki BENCH: Cameron Neild, James Flynn, Ciaran Parker, Jon Mills, Josh Beaumont, james mitchell, Tim Jeffers, Neville Edwards
SCORERS T: Mujati, Jennings, James, Fihaki C: Ford (3) P: Ford
PAU Charly Malie, Sereli Bobo, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Elijah Niko, Santiago Fernandez, Thibault Daubagna, Chris King, Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, Giorgi Natsarashvili, Claude Dry, Daniel Ramsay, Loic Bernad, JEAN BOUILHOU (C), James Coughlan BENCH: Vincent Campo, Jérémy Hurou, Geoffrey Moise, Josefa Ulago Domolailai, Paddy Butler, Samuel Marques, Mosese Ratuvou, Pierre Dupouy
SCORERS T: Lespiaucq (2) C: Daubagna (2) P: Dabaugna (2)
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
CASTRES OLYMPIQUE 32 - 29 DRAGONS
Stade Pierre Antoine - Saturday 21 November 2015
KO: 17:00 HT:14-9 Att: 7,580
CASTRES Geoffrey Palis, Romain Martial, Thomas Combezou, ROMAIN CABANNES (C), Remi Grosso, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Julien Seron, Saimone Taumoepeau, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Yohan Montes, Christophe Samson, Victor Moreaux, Piula Faasalele, Alexandre Bias, Johnnie Beattie BENCH: Mathieu Bonello, Mihaita Lazar, Lucas Martinez, Alex Tulou, Theo Hannoyer, Julien Dumora, Remi Lamerat, Antoine Dupont
SCORERS T: Kirkpatrick, Palis, Combezou, Tulou C: Palis (3) P: Palis (2) Bias
DRAGONS Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Nick Scott, Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius, Phil Price, Elliot Dee, Shaun Knight, Matthew Screech, RYNARD LANDMAN (C), Nick Crosswell, Ollie Griffiths, Ed Jackson BENCH: Rhys Buckley, Boris Stankovich, Lloyd Fairbrother, Cory Hill, Nic Cudd, Charlie Davies, Jason Tovey, Ross Wardle
SCORERS T: Meyer, Dee C: Jones (2) P: Jones (4), Meyer YC Jones
Referee: Gary Conway
CARDIFF BLUES 20 - 32 HARLEQUINS
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - Thursday 19 November 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-3 Att: 5,249
BLUES Blaine Scully, Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Gavin Evans, Tom James, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Kristian Dacey, Tau Filise, Jarrad Hoeata, James Down, Ellis Jenkins, Sam Warburton, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Matthew Rees, Sam Hobbs, Dillon Lewis, Lou Reed, Manoa Vosawai, Tavis Knoyle, Jarrod Evans, Dan Fish
SCORERS T: PT, Hobbs C: Jarrod Evans (2) P: Patchell (2) Rees
HARLEQUINS Ollie Lindsay- Hague, Charlie Walker, Matt Hopper, Harry Sloan, Tim Visser, Ben Botica, Karl Dickson, Mark Lambert, Rob Buchanan, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Matthews, Sam Twomey, James Chisholm, JACK CLIFFORD (C), Nick Easter BENCH: Joe Gray, Joe Marler, Will Collier, Kieran Treadwell, Dave Ward, Danny Care, Winston Stanley, Tim Swiel
SCORERS T: Visser, Lindsay-Hague, Walker, Care C: Botica (2), Swiel P: Botica (2)
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
MONTPELLIER 64 - 0 RUGBY CALVISANO
Altrad Stadium - Friday 20 November 2015
KO: 20:30 HT: 33-0 Att: 9,900
MONTPELLIER Benjamin Fall, Julien Malzieu, Anthony Tuitavke, Robert Ebersohn, Marvin O'Connor, Francois Trinh-Duc, Benoit Paillaugue, Mikheil Nariashvili, Mickael Ivaldi, Nicolas Mas, Paul Willemse, Thibaut Privat, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Ben Mowen, Kelian Galletier BENCH: Charles Geli, CJ Van Der Linde, Pat Cilliers, Robins Tchale Watchou, Akapusi Qera, Nic White, Demetri Catrakilis, Yvan Reilhac
SCORERS T: O'Connor, Paillaugue, Willemse, Galletier, PT, Mowen, Tuitavake, Malzieu, Ebersohn, Reilhac C: Paillaugue (4), Catrakilis (4)
CALVISANO Matteo Minozzi, Ben De Jager, Alberto Chiesa, TOMMY CASTELLO (C), Marco Susio, Filippo Buscema, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Salvatore Costanzo, Agustin Cavalieri, Davide Zanetti, Alessio Zdrilich, Maxime Mbanda, Jim Tuivaiti BENCH: Gabriele Morelli, Elia Violi, Rudy Biancotti, Luca Beccaris, Matteo Archetti, Renato Giammarioli, Giacomo De Santis, Daniele Di Giulio
Referee: Tom Foley
LA ROCHELLE 20 - 33 GLOUCESTER RUGBY
Stade Marcel Deflandre - Thursday 19 November 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 13-19 Att: 12,763
LA ROCHELLE Charles Bouldoire, Gabriel Lacroix, Elliot Roudil, Malietoa Hingano, Alexander Northam, Fabien Fortassin, Julien Audy, Mike Corbel, Benjamin Geledan, Gagi Bazadze, Jone Qovu Nailiko, Leo Cedaro, JASON EATON (C), Romain Sazy, Kevin Gourdon BENCH: Maxime Gau, Thomas Synaeghel, Vincent Pelo, Damien Lagrange, Zeno Kieft, Albain Meron, Jules Lebail, Martin Carre
SCORERS T: Audy, Eaton C: Fortassin (2) P: Fortassin (2)
GLOUCESTER James Hook, Charlie Sharples, Bill Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy, BILLY TWELVETREES (C), Greig Laidlaw, Paddy McAllister, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, Tom Savage, Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan BENCH: Tom Lindsay, Yann Thomas, Paul Doran-Jones, Sione Kalafamoni, Jacob Rowan, Willi Heinz, Stevie McColl, Rob Cook
SCORERS T: Morgan, McColl, Sharples C: Laidlaw, Twelvetrees (2) P: Laidlaw (4)
Referee: Marius Mitrea
ZEBRE RUGBY 27 - 8 WORCESTER WARRIORS
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 21 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 21-3 Att: 1,784
ZEBRE Guglielmo Palazzani, Dion Berryman, Giulio Bisegni, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Andrea Manici, Dario Chistolini, Quintin Geldenhuys, GEORGE BIAGI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Dries van Schalkwyk BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea de Marchi, Pietro Ceccarelli, Valerio Bernabo, Paul Derbyshire, Luke Burgess, Tommaso Boni, Edoardo Padovani
SCORERS T: Violi, Boni C: Canna P: Canna (4) DG: Canna
WARRIORS Ben Howard, Perry Humphreys, Max Stelling, Alex Grove, Dean Hammond, Ryan Lamb, JB BRUZULIER (C), Ryan Bower, Jaba Bregvadze, Gareth Milasinovich, Dan Sanderson , Darren O'Shea, Carl Kirwan, Sam Betty, Marco Mama BENCH: Ben Sowrey, Derrick Appiah, Joe Rees, Darren Barry, Matt Cox, Charlie Mulchrone, Ryan Mills, Tom Biggs
SCORERS T: Hammond P: Lamb Betty
Referee: Tual Trainini
AGEN 6 - 27 EDINBURGH RUGBY
Stade Armandie - Friday 20 November 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 0-13 Att: 4,532
AGEN François Tardieu, Leka Tagotago, Pierre Fouyssac, Julien Heriteau, Filipo Nakosi, François Bouvier, CLEMENT DARBO (C), Quentin Bethune, Marc Barthomeuf, Nicolas Chocou, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Léo Bastien, Sione Tau, Antoine Miquel, Marc Baget BENCH: Florian Dufour, Viliamu Afatia, Dave Ryan, Corentin Braendlin, Felicien Vergnon, Baptiste Cadiou, Timothé Guillimin, Benoit Sicart
SCORERS P: Darbo (2)
EDINBURGH Dougie Fife, Tom Brown, William Helu, Matt Scott, Otulea Katoa, Greig Tonks, Sean Kennedy, Alasdair Dickinson, ROSS FORD (C), WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Fraser McKenzie, Nasi Manu, John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Rory Sutherland, Simon Berghan, Alex Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, Nathan Fowles, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Dean
SCORERS T: PT, du Preez, Hardie C: Tonks (3) P: Tonks (2) McKenzie
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
GRENOBLE 27 - 20 LONDON IRISH
Stade des Alpes - Saturday 21 November 2015
KO: 20:45 HT: 17-14 Att: 8,500
GRENOBLE Gio Aplon, Lucas Dupont, Fabrice Estebanez, Nigel Hunt, Daniel Kilioni, Gilles Bosch, Charl McLeod, Fabien Barcella, Arnaud Heguy, Dayna Edwards, BEN HAND (C), Hendrik Roodt, Peter Kimlin, Fabien Alexandre, Rory Grice BENCH: Loick Jammes, Sona Taumalolo, Rossouw de Klerk, Mathias Marie, Steven Setephano, Christophe Loustalot, Clement Gelin, Xavier Mignot
SCORERS T: Heguy, Alexandre, Gelin C: Bosch (2), Loustalot P: Bosch (2)
IRISH Sean Maitland, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuma, Johnny Wililams, Topsy Ojo, Chris Noakes, Darren Allinson, Tom Court, Gerard Ellis, Halani Aulika, Eoin Sheriff, MATT SYMONS (C), Jebb Sinclair, Joe Trayfoot, Luke Narraway BENCH: Tom Cruse, Tom Smallbone, Ben Franks, David Sisi, Ofisa Treviranus, Conor Gilsenan, Scott Steele, Theo Brophy Clews
SCORERS T: Williams, Sinclair C: Noakes, Brophy Clews P: Brophy Clews (2)
Referee: Ian Davies
LIGUE Nationale de Rugby (LNR) taking the decision to postpone all matches on French soil.
The Challenge Cup, Pool 2 game between Pau and Castres Olympique, as well as four matches in the Champions Cup – Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors, Oyonnax v Ulster Rugby, Bordeaux-Bègles v ASM Clermont and RC Toulon v Bath Rugby - were postponed.
A minute's silence was observed before the games in both tournaments which went ahead, and praise from all quarters went out to La Rochelle, Agen and Toulouse who fulfilled their fixtures in England in what were particularly trying circumstances.
In the end, it was a round largely dominated by home clubs with Cardiff Blues and Connacht Rugby registering the two away successes of the nine games played. The Blues scored seven tries in a convincing 50-9 win over Rugby Calvisano at Peroni Stadium in Pool 3, while Connacht also secured a bonus point on their way to a 31-14 victory over Enisei-STM in Krasnoyarsk.
Connacht's long journey to and from Siberia put extra demands on the squad and its management, and even though the game was staged in freezing conditions, the Irish province played their part superbly in what was a history-making first appearance of a Russian club in European club competition.
Elsewhere, three-time tournament winners, Harlequins, got off to a strong start with a convincing 41-18 bonus-point win over Montpellier at the Twickenham Stoop in Pool 3, and there were also victories for holders, Gloucester Rugby, Worcester Warriors and London Irish.
Brive from the Top 14 saw off Newcastle Falcons by 13-9 at Stade Amédée-Domenech with the Falcons coming home with a losing bonus point, and there were further successes for PRO12 representatives, Edinburgh Rugby, who defeated Grenoble 28-10, and for the Newport Gwent Dragons who picked up a bonus point in an impressive 30-12 defeat of Sale Sharks at Rodney Parade.
As a reminder, the winner of this season's Challenge Cup will qualify automatically for the 2016/17 Champions Cup. If the Challenge Cup winner is already qualified by dint of its league position, it will bring in the highest ranked club from its league which is not qualified.
BRIVE 13 - 9 NEWCASTLE FALCONS
Stade Amédée-Domenech - Friday 13 November 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 13-3 Att: 6,000
BRIVE Romain Sola, Elia Radikedike, Atila Septar, Christopher Tuatara, Benito Masilevu, Nicolas Bézy, Bastien Duhalde, Damien Lavergne, Thomas Acquier, Giorgi Jgenti, Victor Lebas, Wilhem Steenkamp, SAID HIRECHE (C), Poutasi Luafutu, William Whetton BENCH: Guillaume Ribes, Goderzi Shvelidze, Yusuf Tuncer, Peet Marais, Hugues Briatte, Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, Benjamin Petre, Anderson Neisen
SCORERS T: Radikedike C: Bézy P: Bézy (2)
FALCONS Craig Willis, Marcus Watson, Tom Penny, Chris Harris, Belisario Agulla, Tom Catterick, Micky Young, Alex Rogers, George McGuigan, Taione Vea, Sean Robinson, Kane Thompson, Richard Mayhew, Dan Temm, MARK WILSON (C) BENCH: Rob Hawkins, Ben Harris, Andy Foster, Mouritz Botha, Calum Green, Ruki Tipuna, Dan Marshall, Callum Chick
SCORERS P: Catterick (3)
Referee: Leighton Hodges
ENISEI-STM 14 - 31 CONNACHT RUGBY
Central Stadium - Saturday 14 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 0-6 Att: 2,500
ENISEI Iurii Kushnarev, Mikhail Babaev, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Denis Simplikevich, Ramil Gaisin, JURIJS BARANOVS (C), Aleksandr Bezverkhov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, Uldis Saulite, Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Vitalii Orlov, Andrey Temnov, Dmitrii Krotov BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Andrei Polivalov, Evgenii Pronenko, Evgeny Elgin, Sergey Kuzmenko, Alexey Shcherban, Dmitriy Simonov, Anton Rudoi
SCORERS T: Polivalov (2) C: Kushnarev (2) Kushnarev
CONNACHT Darragh Leader, Rory Parata, Bundee Aki, Peter Robb, Niyi Adeolokun, AJ MacGinty, Ian Porter, Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, JOHN MULDOON (C), James Connolly, George Naoupu BENCH: David Heffernan, Ronan Loughney, Conan O'Donnell, Danny Qualter, Sean O'Brien, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty, Craig Ronaldson
SCORERS T: Adeolokun, Muldoon, Leader, Parata C: Leader P: MacGinty (3)
Referee: Thomas Charabas
DRAGONS 30 - 12 SALE SHARKS
Rodney Parade - Sunday 15 November 2015
KO: 15:15 HT: 17-0 Att: 4,455
DRAGONS Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Nick Scott, Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius, Boris Stankovich, Elliot Dee, Shaun Knight, Cory Hill, RYNARD LANDMAN (C), Lewis Evans, Ollie Griffiths, Ed Jackson BENCH: Rhys Buckley, Phil Price, Brok Harris, Matthew Screech, Toby Faletau, Charlie Davies, Jason Tovey, Ross Wardle
SCORERS T: Griffiths, Landman, Hughes, Screech C: Jones (2) P: Jones (2) Price
SHARKS Tim Jeffers, Tom Brady, Mark Jennings, Sam Bedlow, Charlie Ingall, Nick MacLeod, James Mitchell, James Flynn, Neil Briggs, Brian Mujati, JON MILLS (C), Andrei Ostrikov, Magnus Lund, Andrew Hughes, Vili Fihaki BENCH: Cameron Neild, Jake Pope, Ross Harrison, George Nott, Josh Beaumont, Joe Ford, John O'Donnell, Neville Edwards
SCORERS T: Mitchell, Mills C: Macleod
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
PAU P-P CASTRES OLYMPIQUE
Stade du Hameau - Saturday 14 November 2015
HARLEQUINS 41 - 18 MONTPELLIER
The Twickenham Stoop - Thursday 12 November 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 15-12 Att: 7,136
HARLEQUINS Mike Brown, Marland Yarde, Matt Hopper, Harry Sloan, Tim Visser, Nick Evans, DANNY CARE (C), Joe Marler, Dave Ward, Adam Jones, Charlie Matthews, Sam Twomey, Jack Clifford, Luke Wallace, Nick Easter BENCH: Rob Buchanan, Mark Lambert, Kyle Sinckler, Kieran Treadwell, Chris Robshaw, Karl Dickson, Ben Botica, Ollie Lindsay- Hague
SCORERS T: Wallace, Easter, Clifford, Care, Lindsay-Hague, Robshaw C: Evans (3), Bottica P: Evans
MONTPELLIER Jesse Mogg, Benjamin Fall, Timoci Nagusa, Anthony Tuitavke, Marvin O'Connor, Francois Trinh-Duc, Benoit Paillaugue, Mikheil Nariashvili, Craig Burden, Nicolas Mas, Robins Tchale Watchou, Paul Willemse, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Wiaan Liebenberg, Akapusi Qera BENCH: Mickael Ivaldi, Pat Cilliers, CJ Van Der Linde, Sitaleki Timani, Kelian Galletier, Benjamin Lucas, Robert Ebersohn, Julien Malzieu
SCORERS P: Paillaugue (6) Nariashvili
Referee: Ian Davies
RUGBY CALVISANO 9 - 50 CARDIFF BLUES
Peroni Stadium - Saturday 14 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-15 Att: 1,500
CALVISANO Matteo Minozzi, Ben De Jager, Alberto Chiesa, Tommy Castello (C), Marco Susio, Filippo Buscema, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Salvatore Costanzo, Agustin Cavalieri, Davide Zanetti, Matteo Archetti, Maxime Mbanda, Jim Tuivaiti BENCH: Luhandre Luus, Gabriele Morelli, Rudy Biancotti, Michele Andreotti, Luca Beccaris, Renato Giammarioli, Giacomo De Santis, Daniele Di Giulio
SCORERS P: Buscema (3)
Cardiff BLUES Dan Fish, Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Gavin Evans, Tom James, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Kristian Dacey, Dillon Lewis, Jarrad Hoeata, James Down, Ellis Jenkins, Sam Warburton, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Matthew Rees, Tom Davies, Craig Mitchell, Lou Reed, Manoa Vosawai, Tavis Knoyle, Jarrod Evans, Blaine Scully
SCORERS T: Williams, James, Ellis Jenkins, Fish, Scully, Gavin Evans, PT C: Patchell (4), Jarrod Evans (2) P: Patchell
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
WORCESTER WARRIORS 19 - 3 LA ROCHELLE
Sixways Stadium - Saturday 14 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-3 Att: 5,124
WARRIORS Ben Howard, Tom Biggs, Max Stelling, Ravai Fatiaki, Dean Hammond, Ryan Lamb, CHARLIE MULCHRONE (C), Ryan Bower, Ben Sowrey, Joe Rees, Tevita Cavubati , Darren O'Shea, Sam Betty, Carl Kirwan, Matt Cox BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Gareth Milasinovich, Mike Daniels, Dan Sanderson , Nial Annett, JB Bruzulier, Ryan Mills, Perry Humphreys
SCORERS T: Howard C: Lamb P: Lamb (4) YC Milasinovich
LA ROCHELLE Benjamin Lapeyre, Alexander Northam, Elliot Roudil, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Martin Carre, Charles Bouldoire, Ricky Januarie, Thomas Synaeghel, Maxime Gau, Vincent Pelo, Damien Lagrange, Leo Cedaro, Romana Graham, Benoit Guyot, ZENO KIEFT (C) BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Mike Corbel, Gagi Bazadze, Jone Qovu Nailiko, Romain Sazy, Jules Lebail, Fabien Fortassin, Malietoa Hingano
SCORERS P: Bouldoire Gau
Referee: Dudley Phillips
GLOUCESTER RUGBY 23 - 10 ZEBRE RUGBY
Kingsholm Stadium - Saturday 14 November 2015
KO: 15:15 HT: 23-0 Att: 9,973
GLOUCESTER Rob Cook; Stevie McColl, Bill Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy; Billy Burns, Callum Braley; Yann Thomas, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones, Elliot Stooke, Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, JACOB ROWAN (C), Lewis Ludlow BENCH: Darren Dawidiuk, Dan Murphy, Nicky Thomas, Tom Hicks, Daniel Thomas, Greig Laidlaw, Henry Trinder, Ollie Thorley
SCORERS T: Purdy, Moriarty, McColl C: Burns P: Burns (2) Ludlow
ZEBRE Guglielmo Palazzani; Dion Berryman, Giulio Bisegni, Matteo Pratichetti, Leonardo Sarto; Edoardo Padovani, Marcello Violi; Andrea Lovotti, Tommaso D'Apice , Dario Chistolini, Valerio Bernabo, MARCO BORTOLAMI (C), Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Filippo Ferrarini BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea de Marchi, Pietro Ceccarelli, George Biagi, Emiliano Caffini, Luke Burgess, Giulio Toniolatti , Carlo Canna
SCORERS T: PT C: Padovani P: Padovani
Referee: Andrew Brace
EDINBURGH RUGBY 28 - 10 GRENOBLE
BT Murrayfield Stadium - Friday 13 November 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 11-0 Att: 3,264
EDINBURGH Dougie Fife, Damien Hoyland, William Helu, Matt Scott, Tom Brown, Greig Tonks, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Alex Toolis, MIKE COMAN (C), John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Nasi Manu, Hamish Watson, Sean Kennedy, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Dean
SCORERS T: du Preez (2), PT C: Hidalgo-Clyne, Tonks P: Hidalgo-Clyne (3)
GRENOBLE Clement Gelin, Tino Nemani, Chris Farrell, Jackson Willison, Daniel Kilioni, Gilles Bosch, JAMES HART (C), Fabien Barcella, Loick Jammes, Kevin Goze, James Percival, Mathias Marie, Mahamadou Diaby, Fabien Alexandre, Dylan Hayes BENCH: Arnaud Heguy, Sona Taumalolo, Walter Desmaison, Ben Hand, Steven Setephano, Christophe Loustalot, Xavier Mignot, Lucas Dupont
SCORERS T: Kilioni C: Bosch P: Hart Alexandre, Nemani
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
LONDON IRISH 48 - 10 AGEN
Madejski Stadium - Saturday 14 November 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-3 Att: 4,216
IRISH Sean Maitland, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuma, , Topsy Ojo, Chris Noakes, Darren Allinson, Tom Court, Gerard Ellis, Halani Aulika, Eoin Sheriff, MATT SYMONS (C), Rob McCusker, Joe Trayfoot, Tom Guest BENCH: Tom Cruse, Tom Smallbone, Leo Halavatau, David Sisi, Luke Narraway, Connor Murphy, Theo Brophy Clews, Dom Waldouck
SCORERS T: Williams, Ellis (2), Trayfoot, Lewington (2), McCusker, Maitland C: Noakes (4) Cruse, Murphy
AGEN François Tardieu, Filipo Nakosi, Julien Heriteau, Vincent Roux, Jason Deschamps, Bautista Guemes, PAUL ABADIE (C), Quentin Bethune, Marc Barthomeuf, Nicolas Chocou, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Denis Marchois, Antoine Miquel, Nicolas GAL, Marc Baget BENCH: Charly Morlay, Viliamu Afatia, Dave Ryan, Léo Bastien, Felicien Vergnon, Clement Darbo, François Bouvier, Benoit Sicart
SCORERS T: Vergnon C: Darbo P: Bouvier
Referee: Gary Conway
Round 1: 12/13/14/15 November
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 November
Round 3: 10/11/12/13 December
Round 4: 17/18/19/20 December
Round 5: 14/15/16/17 January 2016
Round 6: 21/22/23/24 January 2016
7/8/9/10 April 2016
22/23/24 April 2016
CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
13 MAY 2016 Stade des Lumières, Lyon KO 21:00