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HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 19 - 18 STADE FRANÇAIS Stade Francais

Cardiff City Stadium - Friday 20th May 2011

by Sarah Butler

ONCE again a dramatic end against Stade Français saw Quins grasp Amlin Challenge Cup victory to make it three wins in three finals in the competition over the last ten years.

With a lot to live up to from the previous two encounters between the sides, it looked as though the game would finish with a fairly staid Stade victory by six points with the 12-18 scoreline all courtesy of penalties.

Sergio Parisse & Ugo MonyeAs the game kicked off, Quins appeared to be struggling with the unusual moniker of being labelled favourites to beat the colourful French outfit boasting a talented if underperforming side.

However, they picked up the first points opportunity of the evening after five minutes when Haskell found himself in at the side of a ruck. Nick Evans dutifully pushed the ball through to take the lead 3-0.

Stade hit back seven minutes later to even the score, but within two minutes, Nick Evans had restored the lead with another well struck penalty and Quins remained ahead at 6-3.

The game was lacking an expected flair as both sides made a number of errors, but Stade seemed to have the overall edge on gaining ground, although nothing really fruitful enough to garner points.

Julien Dupuy provided the next chance for Quins with a deliberate knock-on out of the hands. Nick Evans maintained his calm and took his side to 9-3 after twenty six minutes.

With seven minutes of the half remaining and after some threatening attacks, Stade found themselves with another penalty to close the gap to 9-6, which was how the half would finish.

Stade Français hit the second half with purpose and did their utmost to deprive Quins of territory with a razor sharp defence and probing attacking play. Quins ominously began to look a shadow of the side that dominated Munster.

After applying heavy, defence testing pressure to the Quins tryline, Stade were awarded with a penalty five minutes in to even the scoreline once again at 9-9.

Mathieu BastareaudAgain on the attack, with some clever interplay to keep Quins guessing, it was surprisingly Mathieu Bastareaud who opted for the old French favourite, the drop goal, to take the lead 9-12 for the first time on forty nine minutes.

Quins did have possession to play with, but were prone to errors and seemed unable to make the same sort of ground as their opponents, who were only too grateful to pounce on loose balls to look threatening.

Eventually, the Quins scrum, which had held up well and even dominated in patches began to succumb to the pressure and was penalised on fifty six minutes to allow the Parisiennes to extend their lead 9-15 and look as though they had the squeeze on their English opponents.

A Camacho break however, which resulted in a penalised ruck against Stade, gave Nick Evans the chance to play catch-up on the sixty second minute, but French hearts lifted as the ball drifted wide. He made amends four minutes later to take the score to 12-15.

Another threatening Stade break was held out by a steadfast Quins defence but fullback Martin Rodriguez unleashed a devastating drop goal from just inside the left touchline to take his side six points clear, 12-18. With only eight minutes to go in a game where neither side had truly looked like scoring a try.

Lionel Beauxis had it within his grasp to send the home side 9 points clear and, realistically, put the game out of sight for Quins. As the stadium held its breath, his long range effort made its way the wrong side of the uprights. Stade still clung on to the driving seat however with just six minutes remaining.

As the multitude of travelling Quins fans mentally changed their evening plans from a night on the town to a couple of sultry beers before bedtime, the London side dug deep, rooted around in the tattered, beaten top hat and produced an Argentinean rabbit called Camacho. After spending the majority of the second forty minutes struggling to get into their opponents half and with three minutes left on the clock, a break and chip by Care saw the ball land in the hands of a grateful Gonzo who ducked a flailing French arm to hurl himself over the line to leave Quins one point behind.

Nick Evans - HarlequinsNick Evans needed nerves of steel, having recently missed a penalty attempt, to dissect the posts from the right touchline. Even the noisy French following softened and the Cardiff City Stadium hummed with tension. However, the subsequent man of the match was up to the task and to roars that would have been the pride of any rugby ground, the ball zipped its way through the target and Quins took the lead 19-18.

The remaining minutes were taken up with reset scrums until Stade made one last effort, but saw a fumbled ball gratefully booted out of the ground.

A great end to an eventful season with Conor O'Shea guiding Quins to silverware in his first full season in charge of the side. There have been highs and lows, near misses and dramatic wins and none more so than tonight as Harlequins became the first side to win three Challenge Cups.

Harlequins win the Amlin Challenge Cup vs Stade Francais 2011
Harlequins15 M Brown14 G Camacho 13 G Lowe 12 J Turner-Hall 11 U Monye 10 N Evans 9 D Care 1 J Marler2  J Gray3  J Johnston 4 O Kohn 5 G Robson 6 M Fa'asavalu7 C Robshaw [C] 8 N Easter BENCH: 16 M Cairns 17 C Jones 18 M Lambert 19 P Browne 20 W Skinner 21 D Moore 22 R Clegg 23 R Chisholm

SCORERS T: Camacho C: Evans P: Evans (4)

Stade Francais15 M Rodriguez 14 J Arias 13 M Bastareaud 12 G Bousses 11 D Camara 10 L Beauxis 9 J Dupuy 1 R Roncero 2 R Bonfils 3 D Attoub 4 T Palmer 5 P Pape 6 J Haskell 7 A Burban 8 S Parisse [C] BENCH: 16 D Weber 17 R Gerber 18 A Joly 19 A Marchois 20 P Rabadan 21 J Leguizamon 22 N Oelschig 23 O Phillips

SCORERS P: Beauxis (4) DG: Basteraud, Rodriguez

Man Of The Match: Nick Evans
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland) Top



Stade FrancaisSTADE FRANÇAIS 29-25 CLERMONTASM Clermont Auvergne

Stade Charléty - Friday 29th April 2011
KO: 20:45 HT: 19-10 Att: 6500

STADE FRANÇAIS PARIS' dream of playing Heineken Cup next season rugby lives on after they upset the odds to beat reigning French champions ASM Clermont Auvergne 29-25.

In a sensational Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final at Stade Charléty the Parisians capitalised on a string of errors from the visitors to hang on to a game that threatened to run away from them at any time.

Two interception tries, by wings Julien Arias and Guillaume Bousses, enabled Stade to make it eight wins in a row in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season and move on to their third European final.

The other two, both in the Heineken Cup, were lost, but now Sergio Parisse's men have the chance to shoot for a major title in the Welsh capital next month and guarantee themselves Heineken Cup rugby next season.

The Amlin Challenge Cup winners automatically qualify for the Heineken Cup and, given their poor league season in the Top 14, it remains the only way for them to return to the top table in Europe.

Stade outside half Lionel Beauxis helped himself to 19 points to steer his side to victory, and claim the Man of the Match award, and his five penalties punished the visitors' for their repeated indiscretions.

Beauxis and Morgan Parra swapped penalties at the start before Clermont full back Tusiata Pisi rounded off a near length of the field move with the game's first try. Parra added the conversion and Clermont were ahead.

But then came the first interception try as Brent Russell missed his back line and handed straight to Arias 60 metres out. Beauxis added the conversion to level matters at 10-10, but the home side were nine points ahead at the interval thanks to three more penalties from their outside half.

But Clermont hit back after the break with a Parra penalty and a thrilling kick and chase try from Russell which his half-back partner converted. That gave Clermont the lead at 20-19 after 50 minutes, but moments later Beauxis knocked over another penalty to put Stade back in front.

Then disaster struck for Clermont, and Russell, once again as his pass went to ground and Bousses picked up and raced 45 metres to score at the posts. The conversion from Beauxis was a formality and it was uphill from there on in.

Jamie Cudmore romped over for a Clermont try with four minutes to go, but the visitors failed to find the finish they were looking for.

Stade Francais15 H Southwell 14 J Arias (O Phillips 77) 13 M Bastareaud 12 G Tiesi 11 G Bousses 10 L Beauxis 9 J Dupuy 1 R Roncero (D Weber 77) 2 L Sempere (R Bonfils 24) 3 D Attoub (R Slimani 63) 4 T Palmer 5 P Pape 6 J Haskell 7 A Burban (J Leguizamon 18) 8 S Parisse [C]

SCORERS T: J Arias G Bousses C: L Beauxis 2 P: L Beauxis 5 Yellow Card J Arias 52

ASM Clermont Auvergne15 T Pisi (A Floch 60) 14 W Fofana13 A Rougerie [C] 12 M Joubert (G Canale 38-41 62) 11 K Murimurivalu 10 B Russell (K Senio 67) 9 M Parra 1 V Debaty (L Faure 67) 2 W Wepener (M Ledesma 58) 3 D Zirakashvili (M Scelzo 67) 4 J Pierre (S Lauaki 47) 5 T Privat 6 J Cudmore 7 J Bardy (A Audebert 44) 8 E Vermeulen

Scorers T: T Pisi B Russell J Cudmore C: M Parra 2 P:  M Parra 2

Man of the Match: L Beauxis (Stade Français Paris)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


Munster Rugby MUNSTER 12-20 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Thomond Park - Saturday 30th April 2011
KO: 13:00 HT: 7-14 Att: 24,907

HARLEQUINS pulled off probably their best performance this season causing a major shock to the Munster faithful to reach the Amlin Challenge Cup final in a compelling contest at Thomond Park.

The two-time winners were always in front following first-half tries from George Robson and Danny Care.

And, despite Felix Jones' try for Munster on the stroke of half-time and a late consolation from Doug Howlett, Quins replacement fly-half Rory Clegg added two second half penalties to seal a famous victory.

Even a red card for number eight Nick Easter, who was twice yellow carded in the second half, could not dampen the celebrations for the Aviva Premiership outfit in Limerick.

Now Quins, who also won the trophy in 2001 and 2004, will face Stade Français in the final and keep their hopes of qualifying for next season's Heineken Cup alive.

Nick Easter claimed a victory at Thomond Park would be Harlequins' 'biggest' result in their 145-year history and the visitors produced a confident start by taking the lead inside nine minutes.

Robson was left the home faithful stunned after Gonzo Camacho beat Paul Warwick and Doug Howlett down the left flank and as Munster struggled to regroup, the ball was neatly worked across the field to allow the giant lock to score.

Quins fly-half Nick Evans added the conversion and almost set up a second try moments later.

Evans sent through a teasing kick but Keith Earls covered well to deny British Lions team-mate Ugo Monye.

While Evans was influential in open-play, the New Zealander was off-colour with the boot as he missed two penalty chances to extend the lead on 26 and 28 minutes.

The Kiwi then appeared to pick up a knee injury but Quins still grabbed the all-important second try.

With Evans struggling, full-back Mike Brown took over from Evans temporarily at fly-half. He was held up short of the line and, after Evans showed courage to go close, Care burrowed over from close-range.

It was a big call by television match official Giulio De Santis who deemed Care had enough downward pressure to double Quins' try count.

Munster refused to lie down and were back in the contest seconds before half-time when Jones collected Paul Warwick's pass to touchdown before Ronan O'Gara's conversion reduced the deficit to seven points at the break.

The Irish province are on the front foot early in the second half as they go back to basics with replacement Paul O'Connell making a stirring impact off the bench.

French official Romain Poite was forced to send Donncha O'Callaghan and Easter to the cooler following a scuffle on the floor and Clegg hammered home a 49th minute penalty.

The pair returned but Clegg added another invaluable three points shortly before the hour mark.

Quins felt they should have been awarded a penalty try as George Lowe believed he had been tripped by Doug Howlett but the TMO deemed there was no foul play.

Referee Poite then had to disallow two more tries as Howlett received forward passes from Mafi and then O'Connell as Munster were desperate to get back into the match.

Easter was dismissed after the England number eight came in from the side as O'Connell and Varley went close.

Howlett finally crossed with seconds remaining but O'Gara missed the touchline conversion as Harlequins sealed a famous victory to become only the second side - after Leicester - to win a European tie at Thomond Park in the last 16 years.

Munster Rugby15 F Jones D 14 Howlett 13 L Mafi 12 P Warwick (S Tuitupou 41) 11 K Earls (J Murphy 64) 10 R O’Gara [C] 9 C Murray (P Stringer 57) 1 W du Preez (M Horan 57)2 D Varley (M Sherry 74) 3 T Buckley (J Hayes 41) 4 D O’Callaghan (D Ryan 68) 5 M O’Driscoll (P O’Connell 41) 6 D Leamy 7 D Wallace 8 J Coughlan

SCORERS T: D Howlett F Jones C: R OGara Yellow Card D OCallaghan (46)

Harlequins15 M Brown 14 G Camacho 13 G Lowe 12 J Turner-Hall 11 U Monye 10 N Evans (R Clegg 41) 9 D Care 1 J Marler (C Jones 66) 2 J Gray 3 J Johnston 4 O Kohn (T Vallejos 73) 5 G Robson 6 M Faasavalu 7 C Robshaw [C] 8 N Easter

SCORERS T: D Care G Robson C: D Care N Evans P: R Clegg 2 Yellow Card N Easter (2) & (70) = Red Card

Man of the Match: Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Referee: Romain Poite (France) Top



La Rochelle LA ROCHELLE 13-23 CLERMONTASM Clermont Auvergne

Stade Marcel Deflandre - Thursday 7th April 2011
HT: 6-13 Attendance: 8,500

CLERMONT Auvergne became the first side to book their place in the last four of the Amlin Challenge Cup after overcoming La Rochelle in a tense quarter-final on the Atlantic coast.

The French Champions, who have won the competition on two previous occasions, will face further French opposition in the semi-finals when they travel to the winners of tomorrow night's Stade Français v Montpellier fixture.

On top throughout the visitors were made to work hard for their victory by a powerful La Rochelle outfit.

Fly-halves Brock James and Greg Goosen exchanged early penalties in a frantic opening.

Aurelien Rougerie created and scored the game's opening try, slicing through the first line of defence and then rounding the full-back to touch down under the posts. The try left James with the easiest of conversions and he had no problems adding the extras.

The power of the La Rochelle pack took them back to within striking distance deep inside the Clermont 22 and Goosen kicked his second penalty of the evening after the visitors went off their feet at the ruck.

Clermont began to dominate both territory and possession as the first-half went on and James extended their lead with another penalty moments after missing with his third shot at goal.

But during a tense second period the visitors were guilty of not taking their chances while on offer and Goosen made them pay with fifteen minutes remaining as he sprinted in from 70 yards as La Rochelle turned defence into attack.

From his own line Sefulu Gaugau powered his way forward and it was his neat inside pass to Goosen which created the space for the full-back to confuse the covering defence and race clear.

Goosen added the conversion to tie the scores and set up a grand finale at the Stade Marcel Deflandre.

Clermont's pressure finally told in the later stages as Kini Murimurivalu shoved his way over after repeated attacks and James converted to give the French Champions a seven point cushion with seven minutes remaining.

The fly-half then secured the victory with a late penalty.

La Rochelle15 G Goosen 14 N Ligairi 13 S Gaugau 12 J Jacquet 11 F Ninard 10 R Lacoste 9 D Neveu 1 A Bares (P Toderasc 41) 2 F Pani 3 S Clement (J Garcia 46) 4 R Mohr [C] 5 F Jacob (R Sazy 58) 6 N Djebaili 7 P Som 8 Q D'Aram de Valada (T Soucaze 55)

Scorers T: G Goosen C: G Goosen P: G Goosen (2)

ASM Clermont Auvergne15 B Baby (A Floch 66) 14 A Rougerie [C] 13 T Pisi (T Lavea 73) 12 G Canale 11 K Murimurivalu 10 B James 9 K Senio (L Radoslavjevic 79) 1 L Faure (V Debaty 51) 2 W Wepener (T Paulo 58) 3 M Scelzo (C Ric 69) 4 L Jacquet 5 J Pierre 6 J Bardy 7 A Audebert 8 E Vermeulen

Scorers T: A Rougerie, K Murimurivalu C: B James (2) P: B James (3)

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)




HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 32-22 LONDON WASPS London Wasps

Twickenham Stoop - Friday 8th April 2011
HT: 23-10 Attendance: 8,565

NICK Evans kicked 22 points to steer Harlequins through to the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup and an away day against either Brive or Munster.

The former All Black proved the difference between the two London sides on a perfect night at the Twickenham Stoop that helped both teams serve up some free-flowing rugby. In the end Quins got through 32-22.

While Evans piled on the points through his boot, the 8,565 fans also had five tries to savour as Quins moved a step nearer to a potential third Challenge cup final.

Two of those tries came in a blistering opening salvo from the home side as they rattled up 14 points in the opening five minutes. Danny Care crossed first with less than two minutes on the clock and then Samoan back rower Maurie Fa'asavalu going over two minutes later.

Wasps were rattled, but they didn't buckle and, to their credit, they stopped Quins from adding any more tires. More than that they responded with three of their own as they kept snapping at the heels of their hosts before finally having to concede defeat.

And while Evans ended with a 100 per cent goalkicking record, Dave Walder missed with two penalties and the closest the visitors got to closing the gap was 14-10 in the first half.

They managed one first-half tries through the impressive Seb Jewell, who had to come into the midfield at the last minute when Ben Jacobs pulled a hamstring in the warm-up, and then grabbed two more after the break through replacement hooker Tom Lindsay and flying wing Richard Haughton.

But every time they closed the gap then had to reckon with Evans, who hammered the final nail in the coffin with a 30 metre drop goal to complete his one-man wrecking job.

Harlequins15 M Brown 14 G Camacho 13 G Lowe 12 J Turner-Hall 11 U Monye 10 N Evans 9 D Care 1 C Jones 2 J Gray (C Brooker 47) 3 J Andress (M Lambert 52) 4 O Kohn (T Vallejos 56) 5 G Robson (P Browne 78) 6 M Fa'asavalu 7 W Skinner 8 N Easter [C]

Scorers T: D Care, M Fa'asavalu C: N Evans (2) P: N Evans (5) DG: N Evans

London Wasps15 M van Gisbergen 14 R Haughton 13 S Jewell 12 R Flutey 11 D Lemi (C Wade 20) 10 D Walder 9 J Simpson 1 T Payne 2 R Webber (T Lindsay 31) 3 B Broster (Z Taulafo 60) 4 S Shaw [C] 5 J Launchbury 6 S Betsen (S Jones 66) 7 D Ward-Smith 8 A Powell

Scorers T: R Haughton, S Jewell, T Lindsay C: D Walder (2) DG: D Walder

Man of the Match: N Evans (Harlequins)
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)




Stade FrancaisSTADE FRANÇAIS 32-28 MONTPELLIERMontpellier

Stade Charléty - Friday 8th April 2011
HT: 12-19 Attendance: 9000

STADE Français secured a semi-final place in the Amlin Challenge Cup after a pulsating 32-28 win over fellow French outfit Montpellier at the Stade Charléty on Friday night.

The Parisian giants move on to face Top 14 Champions Clermont Auvergne in the last four but this particular victory was far from straightforward.

Montpellier, who sit 16 points and seven places above their high-profile hosts in their domestic championship, raced into a 16-0 lead inside 21 minutes courtesy of a close-range try from Giorgi Chkhaidze and three penalties from inspirational scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue.

Openside flanker Chkhaidze wriggled over after backs and forwards combined brilliantly to leave Stade's defence outnumbered and overpowered as Montpellier silenced a previously noisy home crowd.

That substantial advantage looked to set to be extended even further before a cruel twist of fate finally gave Stade a foothold in the game.

A delightful break from Paillaugue was followed a perfectly timed back of the hand pass from No8 Marc Giraud to fly-half Raphael Lagarde but it was Stade who were celebrating just moments later. When the move ended abruptly, Scotland full back Hugo Southwell picked up possession, dummied one defender and stepped inside another on his way to a 80-metre sprint to the line.

Julien Dupy addded the simple extras before Stade grabbed a second try in three minutes with another clinical finish. Good support work from Pierre Rabadan saw the blindside dive over 15 metres to the right of the posts following impressive work from England Sevens star Ollie Phillips.

Despite those two lightening quick scores, Montpellier led 19-12 at the break but Stade were the better side for large chunks of the second period.

With Paillaugue off injured, Lagarde extended the visitors' lead to 10 points but a penalty try and a fourth score from replacement Antoine Burban handed Stade a 29-22 advantage on the hour mark.

Montpellier hit back with two more well-taken penalties from Lagarde to reduce the gap to a single point and ensure a nervy finish in the French capital.

But a Lionel Beauxis penalty ensured Montpellier would need a try to leave with a win that had looked so likely early on and Stade's defence held firm despite intense pressure in the final five minutesStade Français secured a semi-final place in the Amlin Challenge Cup after a pulsating 32-28 win over fellow French outfit Montpellier at the Stade Charlety on Friday night.

The Parisian giants move on to face Top 14 Champions Clermont Auvergne in the last four but this particular victory was far from straightforward.

Montpellier, who sit 16 points and seven places above their high-profile hosts in their domestic championship, raced into a 16-0 lead inside 21 minutes courtesy of a close-range try from Giorgi Chkhaidze and three penalties from inspirational scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue.

Openside flanker Chkhaidze wriggled over after backs and forwards combined brilliantly to leave Stade's defence outnumbered and overpowered as Montpellier silenced a previously noisy home crowd.

That substantial advantage looked to set to be extended even further before a cruel twist of fate finally gave Stade a foothold in the game.

A delightful break from Paillaugue was followed a perfectly timed back of the hand pass from No8 Marc Giraud to fly-half Raphael Lagarde but it was Stade who were celebrating just moments later. When the move ended abruptly, Scotland full back Hugo Southwell picked up possession, dummied one defender and stepped inside another on his way to a 80-metre sprint to the line.

Julien Dupy addded the simple extras before Stade grabbed a second try in three minutes with another clinical finish. Good support work from Pierre Rabadan saw the blindside dive over 15 metres to the right of the posts following impressive work from England Sevens star Ollie Phillips.

Despite those two lightening quick scores, Montpellier led 19-12 at the break but Stade were the better side for large chunks of the second period.

With Paillaugue off injured, Lagarde extended the visitors' lead to 10 points but a penalty try and a fourth score from replacement Antoine Burban handed Stade a 29-22 advantage on the hour mark.

Montpellier hit back with two more well-taken penalties from Lagarde to reduce the gap to a single point and ensure a nervy finish in the French capital.

But a Lionel Beauxis penalty ensured Montpellier would need a try to leave with a win that had looked so likely early on and Stade's defence held firm despite intense pressure in the final five minutes.

Stade Francais15 H Southwell 14 O Phillips 13 M Bastareaud 12 G Bousses 11 D Camara (M Rodriguez 45) 10 L Beauxis 9 J Dupuy 1 R Roncero 2 R Bonfils 3 R Slimani (R Gerber 64) 4 T Palmer (A Flanquart 75) 5 P Pape 6 J Haskell 7 P Rabadan (A Burban 42) 8 S Parisse [C]

Scorers T: H Southwell, P Rabadan, A Burban, Penalty Try C: J Dupuy L Beauxis (2) P: L Beauxis (2)

Montpellier15 J Alcalde 14 D Pelo 13 F Nicot 12 G Rees 11 S Kuzbik 10 R Lagarde 9 B Paillaugue [C] (A Tomas 32) 2 N Leleimalefaga (S Chobet 47) 3 F Rofes (J Caudullo 58) 4 K Kervarec (G Shvelidze 56) 5 G Uva (D Thiart 75) 5 L Dargier 6 J Wasserman 7 G Chkhaidze (S Matadigo 61) 8 M Giraud

Scorers T: G Chkhaidze C: B Paillaugue P: B Paillaugue (3) R Lagarde (4)

Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)Top


Brive BRIVE 37-42 MUNSTER Munster Rugby

Stade Municipal - Saturday 9th April 2011
HT: 20-19 Attendance: 8500

MUNSTER edged past Brive to claim a spot in the last-four of the Amlin Challenge Cup in a stunning game in the South of France.

Doug Howlett and Keith Earls both scored a brace for the visitors in a thrilling game where the lead repeatedly changed hands in one of the competitions greatest games.

In the glorious sunshine you may have thought the home side would look to pile the pressure on Munster early on, but it was the double Heineken Cup Champions who started the brighter.

The backline had space to play with and they used every inch as Brive struggled to cope with the pace of the Irish side in the opening ten minutes.

First, with just a minute on the clock Doug Howlett scored the games opening try. The former All-Black broke clear and raced forty metres downfield and linking up with Lifemini Mafi. Howlett then recieved the ball back from Mafi and touched down under the posts, giving Ronan O'Gara the simplest of conversions.

Just three minutes later the visitors were rewarded for their early expansive style as from a quick tap the ball found Keith Earls out wide and his pace took him through the first line of defence before he rounded the full-back to score in the corner.

Brive needed a passage with the ball in hand to control proceedings and their forwards obliged immediately, marching their side up-field and then winning a penalty which Mathieu Belie kicked to open Brive's account.

The three points sparked life into the hosts and it was Munster's turn to be on the back foot. Brive may have leaked two easy scores but going forward their backline looked sharp in attack.

Brive created room out wide for Retief Uys to touch down and that try was quickly followed by another as Fabrice Estebanez barged his way over after breaking endless tackles. Belie converted both scores and Brive took the lead for the first time.

There was no let up in the frantic action as Brive looked odds-on to score again after Gerhard Vosloo broke free, but he spilt the ball and Munster turned defence into attack in a matter of seconds and as soon as Howlett had the ball in his hands the try looked on and the wing raced in for his second.

It was the French side though that had the last word of the half as Belie kicked another penalty to take his side into the break 20 v 19 ahead.

Belie extended his side's lead just after the interval but it was Munster through the combination of Howlett and Earls who got the next try.

Howlett ripped through the defence and gave Earls the easiest of run-ins to the corner. O'Gara converted and was lining up another effort four minutes later after Peter Stringer grabbed a loose ball to score, just moments after coming on.

Stringer's try gave Munster the edge and three O'Gara penalties without reply looked to have taken them out of sight.

But just when Brive needed a score the impressive Palisson grabbed an interception try. Belie converted, reducing the deficit to 12.

The impressive Shaun Perry, a late replacement for Brive scored a try at the death to set up a grandstand finish but Munster held on and move through to the last four.

Brive15 S Spedding 14 G Namy (R Lespinas 11) 13 J Noon 12 F Estebanez (S Perry 70) 11 A Palisson 10 M Belie 9 A Figuerola 81 D Kinchagishvili (V Kakovin 48) 2 B Cabello (J Bonrepaux 48) 3 P Cardinali (P Barnard 48)4 T Dubarry (A Mela 51) 5 R Uys (F Domingo 57) 6 G Vosloo 7 A Claassen [C] 8 J Le Devedec (S Azoulai 60)

Scorers T: S Perry, R Uys, F Estebanez C: M Belie (4) P: M Belie (3)

Munster Rugby15 F Jones 14 D Howlett 13 S Tuitupou (J Murphy 51) 12 L Mafi 11 K Earls 10 R O'Gara [C] 9 C Murray (P Stringer 48) 1 W du Preez (M Horan 51) 2 D Varley (M Sherry 53) 3 T Buckley (J Hayes 57) 4 D O'Callaghan 5 M O'Driscoll 6 D Leamy 7 D Wallace (N Ronan 66) 8 J Coughlan (D Ryan 59)

Scorers T: D Howlett (2), K Earls (2), P Stringer C: R O'Gara (4) P: R O'Gara (3)
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)


POOL 1Amlin Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 1

Connacht Rugby Connacht Rugby 83 - 7 I Cavalieri EstraI Cavalieri Prato
The Sports Ground - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: 43-7 Attendance: 1,400

Connacht RugbyG Duffy, F Carr, N Ta'auso, K Matthews [capt], B Tuohy, I Keatley, F Murphy, B Wilkinson, S Cronin, J Hagan, M Swift, M McCarthy, A Browne, S Connelly, M McComish BENCH: A Flavin, R Loughney, R Ah You, B Upton, R Ofisa, C Willis, M Nikora, S Monahan

Scorers T: Tuohy (3), Keatley, McCarthy, Ta'auso (2), Carr, Cronin, McComish, Flavin, Ofisa C: Keatley (9) Nikora P: Keatley

I Cavalieri PratoB Ngwaini, W Mafi, C Von Grumbkov, S Rodwell, N Tempestini, A Chiesa, S Canale, L Poloni, L Giovanchelli [capt], G Bocca, L Beccaris, F Cazzola, L Petillo, F Cristiano, N Soqueta BENCH: A Neri, A Goti, D Stefani, N Belardo, L Villagra, M Murgier, R Wakarua, G Marino

Scorers T: Soqueta C: Chiesa

Match Points: Connacht Rugby 5pts, I Cavalieri Estra 0pts
Referee: Laurent Cardona (France)


HarlequinsHarlequins 39 - 17 Bayonne Bayonne
The Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: 13-14 Attendance: 9,590

Five tries for Quins at the Stoop saw the London side top Pool 1 and cement themselves a home Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final spot.

Tries came from Nick Evans, George Lowe (2), Ugo Monye and Sam Smith, with Nick Evans kicking 14 points.

With Mike Brown having become ill over night, Tom Williams came into cover the full back position.

Bayonne kicked off the match with real intent, pinning Quins into their own half and turning pressure into points three minutes later when scrum half, Cedric Garcia, kicked the first penalty of the match.

Two minutes later Quins hit back with a Nick Evans try under the posts followed by a conversion.

Garcia took the French side back into the lead with two penalties, 7-9, before Evans's next penalty took the lead back.

The French forwards regained the lead by driving a rolling maul over the Quins tryline, with Ross Filipo gaining the spoils. 10-14.

Evans narrowed the gap to just one point two minutes later which took the teams in to the break 13-14.

Whatever was said by Conor O'Shea or Captain Chris Robshaw at half time in the dressing room seemed to have an almost immediate effect, as with only seconds gone on the clock George Lowe ghosted through the Bayonne defence, showing off his pace, for the first of his two tries.

A penalty from Garcia was all Bayonne could muster, before Quins stepped up a gear and allowed the tries to flow. Just 6 minutes after the first try, Lowe was back on the score card. Combining with Casson, Lowe slipped through the outstretched hands of Bayonne and over between the posts. Evans converted taking the score to 27-17.

Although reduced to 14 men when Joe Marler was shown a yellow card, Quins managed to stave off the Bayonne pressure and on his return, the London side went searching for the bonus point try. Yet another break by Evans, set Ugo Monye up for his first try of the season.

In the final minute, Sam Smith added to last week's brace of tries, when he combined with Tom Williams to score the final and 5th try of the evening. Evans converted and Quins resoundingly won 39-17.

by Sarah Butler

HarlequinsM Brown, S Smith, G Lowe, T Casson, U Monye, N Evans, D Care, J Marler, C Brooker, M Lambert, O Kohn, G Robson, C Robshaw, W Skinner, N Easter BENCH: J Gray, R Buchanan, J Andress, T Vallejos, M Fa'asavalu, K Dickson, R Clegg, G Camacho

Scorers T: Evans, Lowe (2), Monye, Smith C: Evans (4) P: Evans (2)

BayonneP Elhorga [capt], Y Huget, T Lacroix, S Gerber, J Pietersen, S Fauque, C Garcia, P Lafond, D Roumieu, C Baiocco, R Filipo, A Boutaty, D Haare, R Martin, J Puricelli BENCH: F Da Ros, T Lea'aetoa, W Desmaison, G Bernad, T Flavell, J Audy, B Boyet, G Ziegler

Scorers T: Filipo P: Garcia (4) 

Match Points: Harlequins 5pts, Bayonne 0pts
Referee: James Jones (Wales)Top


POOL 2Amlin Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 2

Cetransa El SalvadorEl Salvador 5 - 50 Sale Sharks Sale Sharks
Campo de Pepe Rojo - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: - Attendance: 1,000

Cetransa El SalvadorL Gascon, E Lauina, J Carter, M Raposo, E Fernandez, U Mai, P Feijoo, M Castro, D Marron, J Murre, S Souto, C Souto, I Criado [capt], V Sanchez, M Samuelu BENCH: L Del Moral, M Serrano, J Miranda, A Nuñez Llorente, J Molina, S Ibarra, P Rodriguez, K Williams

Scorers T: Mai

Sale SharksN MacLeod, F Mulchrone, J Kennedy, A Tuilagi, M Tait, R Miller, C Leck, A Croall, B Roberts, S McIntyre, W Lewaravu, N Rouse, S Cox [capt], N McMillan, C Brightwell BENCH: M Jones, L Imiolek, H Thomas, C Jones, J Gaskell, W Cliff, K Tonetti, C Bell

Scorers T: Kennedy (2), Tait, Mulchrone, Miller, Tonetti, Jones, Imiolek C: Miller (5)

Match Points: Cetransa El Salvador 0pts,  Sale Sharks 5pts
Referee: Stefano Penne (Italy)


Petrarca Rugby Petrarca Rugby 20 - 24 Brive Brive
Stadio Plebiscito - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: 0-17 Attendance: 400

Petrarca RugbyM Acuna, N Borgato, A Chillon, R Bertetti, W Spragg, T Walsh, A Chillon, S Sodini, A Costa Repetto , P Leso, M Tveraga, M Sutto, M Barbini, N Bezzati [capt], D Kingi BENCH: O Gega, C Caporello, L Naka, E Targa, A Billot, Z Ansell, J Sanchez, L Favaretto

Scorers  T: Ansell, Gega C: Sanchez, Favaretto P: Sanchez (2)

BriveJ Caminati, L Dubois, B Manteaux, R Lespinas, M Atayi, S Spedding, S Perry, V Laval, J Bonrepaux, P Cardinali, J Le Devedec, R Uys, G Vosloo, J Elgoyhen, F Domingo [capt] BENCH: G Ribes, V Kakovin, P Idieder, A Mela, T Dubarry, A Claassen, L Orquera, N Jeanjean

Scorers T: Elgoyhen (2), Caminati C: Caminati (3) P: Caminati

Match Points: Petrarca Rugby 1pt, Brive 4pts
Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland) Top


POOL 3Amlin Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 3

Bourgoin Bourgoin P - P Newcastle FalconsNewcastle Falcons
Stade Pierre Rajon - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: - Attendance: -

The game was initially due to be played on Saturday, 22 January, but was postponed because of a partially frozen pitch.

The game was rescheduled for Sunday, 23 January at 14h00. However, following a pitch inspection by the referee Neil Paterson (Scotland), the playing surface was once again deemed to be unplayable and the game will now not take place.

The circumstances surrounding the postponement of the fixture will be considered by the Board of ERC who will determine the outcome of the match.

BourgoinA Di Bernardo, A Forest, A Dumoulin, J Coux [capt], M Moinot, M Viazzo, J Gondrand, A Tchougong, J Merle, A Buckle, C Levast, C Basson, J Guillot, W Jooste, Y Labrit BENCH: J Janaudy, O Milloud, E Iapteff, A Louchard, T Cowley, S Tian, M Forest, W van Zyl


Newcastle FalconsA Tait, M Tait, L Eves, J Fitzpatrick, C Amesbury, J Hodgson, C Pilgrim, J Golding, M Thompson, J Hall, J Hudson [capt], G Townson, F Levi, E Williamson, B Wilson BENCH: J Graham, M Ward, G Shiells, T Swinson, W Welch, M Young, T Tu'ipulotu, L Fielden


Match Points: Bourgoin pts, Newcastle Falcons pts
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


Montpellier Montpellier 32 - 30 Exeter Chiefs Exeter Chiefs
Stade Yves du Manoir, Montpellier - Saturday 22nd January 2011

HT: 13-17 Attendance: -

MontpellierJ Alcalde, A Pratmarty, S Tuilevuka, G Rees, S Kuzbik, R Lagarde, B Paillaugue, N Leleimalefaga, J Caudullo [capt], K Kervarec, G Uva, M Demarco, pts, Bost, J Wasserman, M Giraud BENCH: F Rofes, S Petit, G Shvelidze, G Chkhaidze, A Tomas, F Nicot, Q Doumayrou, M Macurdy

Scorers T: Kuzbik, Doumayrou C: Lagarde(2) P: Paillaugue, Lagarde(5)

Exeter ChiefsL Arscott, A Higgins, P Dollman, S Naqelevuki, M Jess, R Davis, J Poluleuligaga, B Moon, N Clark, C Budgen, T Hayes [capt], J Hanks, T Johnson, J Scaysbrook, R Baxter BENCH: C Whitehead, B Sturgess, H Tui, C Slade, J Phillips, H Thomas, G Steenson, B Rennie

Scorers T: Arscott, Jess (2) C: Davis (3) P: Davis (3)

Match Points: Montpellier 4pts, Exeter Chiefs 1pt
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)Top


POOL 4Amlin Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 4

Leeds Carnegie Leeds Carnegie 26 - 6 Bucharest Oaks Bucharest Oaks
Headingley Stadium - Sunday 23rd January 2011

HT: 5-6 Attendance: 1,283

Leeds CarnegieL Hinton, M Stephenson, L Burrell, J Tincknell, S Tadulala, C Lewis - Pratt, W Fury, G Hardy, S Thompson, G Denman, T Denton, M Wentzel [capt], A To'oala, H Fourie, D Paul BENCH: P Nilsen, M Alonso, J Gomez, R Oakley, J Rowan, A Black, L Mackay, O Denton


Bucharest OaksI Botezatu, C Nicolae, I Cazan, C Dascalu, M Lemnaru, F Vlaicu, F Surugiu, P Tamba, C Beca, pts, Badalicescu, pts, Popirlan, M Drenceanu, M Macovei, pts, Lucaci, D Carpo [capt] BENCH: B Zebega, N Nere, S Maris , S Burcea, D Ianus, pts, Calafeteanu, D Dumbrava, C Gal Minya


Match Points: Leeds Carnegie pts, Bucharest Oaks pts
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)


Crociati RugbyCrociati Rugby 17 - 34 Stade Français Paris Stade Francais
Stadio XXV Aprile - Sunday 23rd January 2011

HT: 11-22 Attendance: 2,500

Crociati RugbyR Trevisan, L Fa'atau, S Damiani, H En Naour, E Passera, T Iannone, J Ireland, A Lovotti, D Giazzon, M Coletti, D Sigg, M Minari, D Delnevo, A Orlandi [capt], R Mandelli BENCH: M Saccomani, I Scarparo, P Singh, F Ferrarini, M Frati, M Anversa, A Maestri, M Garulli

Scorers T: Camara (2), Valancon, Rabadan, Bonneval C: Oelschig (3) DG: Plisson
Yellow Card: P Singh

Stade FrancaisH Southwell, Q Valancon, G Bousses, M Rodriguez, D Camara, J Plisson, N Oelschig, R Slimani, R Bonfils, R Gerber, A Marchois, T Palmer, P Rabadan [capt], J Haskell, H Briatte BENCH: L Sempere, P Ledesma, D Weber, A Flanquart, S Parisse, H Bonneval, B Tardy, L Beauxis

Scorers T: Fa'atau P: Iannone (2), Anversa (2)

Match Points: Crociati Rugby 0 pts, Stade Français Paris 5 pts
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)



POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 6 Pool 5

Gloucester Rugby Gloucester Rugby 60-7 Agen Agen
Kingsholm - Thursday 20th January 2011

HT: 41-0 Attendance: 8,504

Gloucester signed off their European campaign in style at Kingsholm, putting on a dazzling display of running rugby to beat Agen 60 v 7.

With any hopes of a quarter-final place out of their hands, the Cherry and Whites stuck to the task well in freezing conditions.

The game was less than a minute old when the hosts crossed for the opening try when James Simpson-Daniel scooted around the defence to score. From out wide Freddie Burns added the conversion and then followed it up with a penalty eight minutes later.

Gloucester then shunned the opportunity for another three points, Burns touched down and then converted his own try.

With a sin-bin apiece the frantic opening calmed down but Gloucester still managed to add another ten points while Conrad Barnard was off the field.

Burns kicked his second penalty and then converted Henry Trinder's try. The young centre then crossed for his second four minutes later, diving in around the defence at the corner.

Voyce got the try he deserved for his first half efforts right on the stroke of the referee's half-time whistle as Gloucester went into the break 41-0 up.

The opening exchanges of the second period were dominated by the visitors, who camped in the Gloucester half after the break. Captain Jean Monribot touched down under the posts, rounding off a free flowing counter attack from the French side, Conrad Barnard adding the extras.

It took the hosts until the final quarter until they finally found their second-half feet, Simpson-Daniel claiming his second try after 60 minutes.

Olly Morgan and Luke Narraway rounded off the evening with two further tries.

Gloucester RugbyT: James Simpson-Daniel (2), Freddie Burns, Olly Morgan, Henry Trinder (2), Luke Narraway, Tom Voyce C: Freddie Burns (5), Tim Taylor (2) P: Freddie Burns (2)
Yellow Card: Nick Wood

AgenT: Jean Monribot C: Conrad Barnard
Yellow Card: Conrad Barnard, Karim Kouider

Match points: Gloucester Rugby 5pts, Agen 0pts
Man of the Match: James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester Rugby)


La Rochelle La Rochelle 71-17 Femi-CZ Rugby RovigoFemi CZ Rugby Rovigo
Stade Marcel Deflandre - Thursday 20th January 2011

HT: - Attendance: 11,000

La RochelleT: Sebastien Boboul, Franck Jacob, Greg Goosen, Damien Neveu, Manoel Dall'igna (3), Maxime Le Bourhis, Tamato Leupolu, Piula Fa'asalele (2) C: Greg Goosen (8)

Femi CZ Rugby RovigoT: Matteo Foshi, Andrea Bacchetti C: German Bustos (2) DG: German Bustos

Match points: La Rochelle 5pts, Femi-CZ Rovigo 0ptsTop


POOL 1Amlin Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 1

I Cavalieri PratoI CAVALIERI ESTRA 16 - 48 HARLEQUINSHarlequins
Stadio Lungobisenzio - Saturday 15th January 2011
HT: 6-20 Attendance: 3,700

Quins ran in six tries for a 16-48 win in Prato.

Relieved to have left the snow in Connacht, Quins excelled in the mild Italian conditions, keeping the pressure on Bayonne and the knock out stages.

It took just 12 minutes for Quins to get off the mark, with Maurice Fa'asavalu going over for the first try and Rory Clegg converting. Prato responded with a penalty from Rima Wakarua.

Rory Clegg kicked a penalty, with Wakarua responding with 2 of his own. A yellow card shown to Gabriel Bocca saw the home side reduced to 14 men. Danny Care went over after 28 minutes. Rory Clegg converted and finished off the half with a penalty, which saw Quins with a 20-6 lead.

Sam Smith scored two early second-half tries, both being converted by Clegg, Wouter Moore and Tom Casson traded scores and Karl Dickson went over on the stroke of full-time.

by Sarah Butler

I Cavalieri Prato T: Wouter Moore C: Rima Wakarua P: Rima Wakarua (3)

Yellow Card: Gabriel Bocca

HarlequinsT: Tom Casson, Danny Care, Sam Smith (2), Maurie Fa'asavalu, Karl Dickson C: Rory Clegg (6) P: Rory Clegg (2)

Match points: I Cavalieri Estra 0pts, Harlequins 5pts


BayonneBAYONNE vs CONNACHT RUGBY Connacht Rugby
Stade Jean Dauger - Saturday 15th January 2011
HT: 16-22 Attendance: 5,000

Three Julien Audy penalties for Bayonne kept the home-side in touch as Connacht dominated the first half. Ian Keatley match Audy’s 3 penalties, added another 2 and converted a penalty try after Fionn Carr was taken out before he could collect Brian Tuohy’s chip through.

Skipper Johnny O’Connor was subbed off for Shane Conneely after half an hour and Sebastien Fauque and Andrew Browne were both sin-binned and Thibault Lacroix scored a try on the stroke of halftime which Audy converted to leave the half-time score Bayonne 16-22 Connacht.

Bayonne’s No 8 Marc Baget scored a try for the home side 3 minutes into the second half to bring the gap to just 1 point but Audy was unsuccessful with the conversion.

Keith Matthews replaced Eoin Griffin and Michael Swift came on for Bernie Upton in a half that saw both side playing very different styles, Connacht spreading the ball wide and making use of every inch of the pitch and Bayonne opting to maul the ball up the middle. Ronan Loughney, Adrian Flavin and Rodney Ah You all made appearances in the front-row for Connacht.

A clever block by Frank Murphy and an acrobatic offload let Sean Cronin, now playing on the flank, loose down the wing, the hooker held the defender just long enough to release Brian Tuohy for a try. Fionn Carr put the icing on the cake for Connacht when he sprinted 60 metres to score after 77 minutes to leave the final score Bayonne 21-35 Connacht.

© Connacht Rugby

BayonneT: Thibault Lacroix, Marc Baget C: Julien Audy P: Julien Audy (3) Yellow Card: Sebastien Fauque

Connacht RugbyT: Brian Tuohy, Fionn Carr C: Ian Keatley P: Ian Keatley (6) Penalty Try Yellow Card: Andrew Browne

Match points: Bayonne 0pts, Connacht Rugby 4pts



POOL 2Amlin Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 2

Brive BRIVE 52 - 3 EL SALVADORCetransa El Salvador
Stadium Municipal, Brive - Friday 14th January 2011
HT: 7-3 Attendance: 2,700

BriveT: Alexis Palisson, Scott Spedding, Jean-Philippe Bonrepaux, Mathias Atayi, Jonathan Elgoyhen (2), Fabrice Estebanez, Alix Popham C: Alexis Palisson (5), Julien Caminati

Cetransa El SalvadorP: Luis Gascon

Match points: Brive 5pts, Cetransa El Salvador 0pts


Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 54 - 0 PETRARCA RUGBY Petrarca Rugby
Edgeley Park - Friday 14th January 2011
HT: 26-0 Attendance: 4,421

Sale Sharks T: Mathew Tait, Will Cliff, Nick MacLeod, Henry Thomas, Rob Miller, Jonny Kennedy, Neil McMillan, Chris Brightwell C: Rob Miller (7)

Match points: Sale Sharks 5pts, Petrarca Rugby 0pts



POOL 3Amlin Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 3

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 0 - 6 MONTPELLIER Montpellier
Kingston Park Stadium - Friday 14th January 2011
HT: 0-6 Attendance: 3,075

MontpellierP: Benoit Paillaugue (2)

Match points: Newcastle Falcons 1pts, Montpellier 4pts


Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS vs BOURGOIN Bourgoin
Sandy Park - 15th January 2011
HT: 3-0 Attendance: 5,265

Exeter ChiefsT: Tom Johnson, Hoani Tui C: Ryan Davis, Gareth Steenson P: Ryan Davis

BourgoinP: Alberto Di Bernardo (2)

Match points: Exeter Chiefs 4pts, Bourgoin 0pts



POOL 4Amlin Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 4

Crociati RugbyCROCIATI RUGBY 16 - 12 BUCHAREST OAKS Bucharest Oaks
Stadio XXV Aprile - 15th January 2011
HT: 3-9 Attendance: 370

Crociati RugbyC:Tommaso Iannone P: Marco Anversa, Tommaso Iannone (2) Penalty Try

Bucharest OaksP: Dan Dumbrava (4) Yellow Card: Marian Drenceanu, Mihai Macovei


Match points: Crociati Rugby 4pts, Bucharest Oaks 1pts


Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS PARIS 39 - 10 LEEDS CARNEGIE Leeds Carnegie
Stade Charléty - Sunday 16th January 2011
HT: 18-3 Attendance: tbc

Stade FrancaisT: H Southwell, O Phillips, R Roncero, P Rabadan, J Arias C: L Beauxis (3), N Oelschig P: L Beauxis (2)


Leeds CarnegieT: D Browne C: C Thomas P: C Thomas

Match points: Stade Français Paris 5pts, Leeds Carnegie 0pts




POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 5 Pool 5

Agen AGEN 17 - 28 LA ROCHELLE La Rochelle
Stade Alfred Armandie - Thursday 13th January 2011
HT: - Attendance: 5,813

La Rochelle made it back-to-back wins on the road in the Amlin Challenge Cup as they took full control of Pool 5 with a 28-17 victory over compatriots Agen last night.

A strong second half performance at the Stade Alfred Armandie put La Rochelle in pole position for quarter final qualification with their destiny in their own hands with one game remaining.

It was the visitors who struck first with centre Thomas Combezou crossing after 11 minutes and full-back Greg Goosen added the extras.

Brice Mach levelled the scores with a try of his own five minutes later and Florent Cazeaux kicked the conversion.

Goosen kicked two penalties to restore La Rochelle's advantage mid way through the first period, before Agen wing Salmoni Vaka touched down for the home side's second try. Cazeaux converted and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give his side a 17 - 13 lead at the break.

There was no change in the scores until the final quarter when Goosen reduced the deficit by three points with his third penalty.

Two tries in quick succession by replacements, Stephane Clement and then Alexandre Bares secured the victory for La Rochelle.

After a nine-year absence from European rugby the side based on the Atlantic coast, look set to feature in the knock-out stages which begin on the weekend of 7/8/9 April 2011.

AgenScorers: T: B Mach, S Vaka C: F Cazeaux (2) P: F Cazeaux


La RochelleScorers: T: T Combezou, S Clement (2) C: G Goosen (2) P: G Goosen (3)
Yellow Cards: C Grobler

Match points: La Rochelle 4pts, Agen 0pts
Referee: John Paul 'JP' Doyle


Femi CZ Rugby RovigoFEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGO 7 - 55 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby
Stadio Mario Battaglini - Saturday 15th January 2011
HT: 0-27 Attendance: 800

Femi CZ Rugby RovigoT: Younes Anouer C: German Bustos

Gloucester RugbyT: Andy Hazell, Jonny May, Charlie Sharples (2), Tim Taylor (2), Henry Trinder (2) C: Freddie Burns (3), Tim Taylor (3) P: Freddie Burns

Match points: Femi-CZ Rovigo 0pts, Gloucester Rugby 5pts



POOL 1Amlin Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 1

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 9 – 15 HARLEQUINSHarlequins
The Sports Ground - Friday 17th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 1,100

Connacht RugbyI Keatley, D Fanning, N Ta'auso, K Matthews (T Nathan 60), F Carr, M Nikora, F Murphy (C Willis 51), R Loughney, S Cronin, J Hagan, M Swift (B Upton 37), M McCarthy, A Browne (B Fa'amausili 72), J O'Connor (M McComish 51), J Muldoon  [C] (A Browne 76)

Scorers: P: I Keatley, M Nikora (2)
Yellow Cards: B Upton (45), J Hagan (70)

HarlequinsM Brown, G Camacho (T Casson 51), G Lowe, J Turner-Hall, T Williams, N Evans, D Care, C Jones (J Marler 47), J Gray (M Cairns 48), J Johnston (M Lambert 48), O Kohn, P Browne, T Guest (W Skinner 4), C Robshaw  [C], N Easter

Scorer: P: N Evans (5)
Yellow Card: J Turner-Hall (36)

Match points: Connacht Rugby 1pts, Harlequins 4pts
Referee: James Jones (Wales)


I Cavalieri Prato I CAVALIERI ESTRA 7 – 31 BAYONNE Bayonne
Campo Montana - Monday 20th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 150

I Cavalieri PratoR Wakarua, N Tempestini (A Lunardi 73), C Von Grumbkov, S Rodwell (A Chiesa 46), W Mafi, B Ngwaini, P Patelli (L Villagra 56), A Goti (D Stefani 56), A Neri (L Giovanchelli 58), G Bocca (G Marino 58), F Cazzola (W Moore 63), L Beccaris, L Petillo, F Cristiano  [C], N Soqueta

Scorers: T: R Wakarua C: R Wakarua
Yellow Card: G Bocca (22)

BayonneJ Pietersen, Y Huget (J Peyras Loustalet 26), T Lacroix, G Ziegler (S Fauque 41), S Gerber, B Boyet, J Audy (C Garcia 65), A Iguiniz (D Avril 50), D Roumieu (F Da Ros 49), C Baiocco (T Lea'aetoa 49), R Linde (R Filipo 46), A Boutaty, J Marmouyet, R Martin (C Treloar 71), D Haare

Scorers: T: J Peyras Loustalet (2), D Haare, PT:(1) C: B Boyet (3), J Peyras Loustalet P: B Boyet
Yellow Card: D Haare (32)

Match points: I Cavalieri Estra 0pts, Bayonne 4pts
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)


POOL 2Amlin Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 2

Cetransa El SalvadorEL SALVADOR 37 – 16 PETRARCA RUGBY Petrarca Rugby
Campo de Pepe Rojo - Sunday 19th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 800

Cetransa El SalvadorI Davey, D Martin, J Carter, J Nava, L Gascon (E Lauina 64), U Mai (M Raposo 56), P Feijoo, M Castro (P Murre 60), D Marron (L Del Moral 64), J Miranda (A Martínez 64), I Criado, C Souto (A Nuñez Llorente 48), V Sanchez, K Williams (J Molina 64), M Samuelu
Scorers: T: I Criado, J Nava, D Martin C: J Nava (2) P: J Nava (6)

Petrarca RugbyS Bortolussi (M Acuna 14), W Spragg, A Chillon, J Sanchez, N Borgato (F Faggiotto 60), A Chillon, A Billot (R Bertetti 44), C Fazzari, A Costa Repetto, S Sodini, D Fletcher, A Cavalieri, N Bezzati  [C], Z Ansell, D Kingi

Scorers: T: A Cavalieri, A Costa Repetto P: A Chillon (2)
Yellow Card: M Acuna (19) Red Card - N Bezzati (40)

Match points: Cetransa El Salvador 4pts, Petrarca Rugby 0pts
Referee: Laurent Cardona (France)


Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 13 – 15 BRIVE Brive
Edgeley Park - Monday 20th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 100

Sale SharksP Williams, C Bell, M Tait (K Tonetti 59), A Tuilagi, M Cueto, N MacLeod  [C] (R Miller 63), D Peel, K Wihongi, M Jones, H Thomas, K Ormsby, N Rouse (C Jones 48), C Fearns, N McMillan, S Koyamaibole

Scorers: T: M Tait C: N MacLeod P: N MacLeod (2)

BriveJ Caminati, R Cooke, J Noon  [C], R Lespinas, M Atayi, S Spedding, M Belie (S Perry 63), D Kinchagishvili (P Henn 68), B Cabello (G Ribes 56), P Cardinali (P Idieder 68), J Le Devedec (T Dubarry 45), D Browne (A Mela 68), G Vosloo (A Popham 56), S Azoulai, A Claassen  [C]

Scorers: P: J Caminati (5)
Yellow Card: J Noon (50)

Match points: Sale Sharks 1pts, Brive 4pts

Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


POOL 3Amlin Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 3

Bourgoin BOURGOIN 36 – 18 MONTPELLIER Montpellier
Stade Pierre Rajon - Saturday 18th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 3,000

BourgoinS Tian (M Viazzo 64), A Forest, R Coetzee (M Viazzo 62), D Janin, J Coux, A Di Bernardo, M Forest  [C] (M Campeggia 60), O Milloud (A Tchougong 41), T Kopelani (J Janaudy 47), S Bougherara (E Iapteff 60), A Louchard (T Genevois 64), C Basson, J Guillot, A Tulou (E Iapteff 16), Y Labrit (W Jooste 48)

Scorers: T: J Coux, A Forest, W Jooste, A Tulou C: A Di Bernardo (2) P: A Di Bernardo (4)
Yellow Card: S Bougherara (15)

MontpellierJ Alcalde (Q Doumayrou 53), P Bérard, S Tuilevuka, G Rees, S Kuzbik, R Lagarde, A Tomas, G Shvelidze (S Petit 62), F Rofes (J Caudullo 48), G Jgenti (D Thiart 62), A Fakate, M Gorgodze  [C], M Giraud (G Uva 62), G Chkhaidze, S Matadigo

Scorers: P: R Lagarde (5) DG: R Lagarde
Yellow Card: A Fakate (48)

Match points: Bourgoin 5pts, Montpellier 0pts
Referee: Greg Garner (England)


Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 26 – 24 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs
Kingston Park Stadium - Sunday 19th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 450

Newcastle FalconsL Fielden, M Tait, T Tu'ipulotu, L Eves (J Fitzpatrick 54), G Bobo (D Williams 60), J Gopperth (J Manning 60), J Hodgson, G Shiells (J Hall 70), M Thompson, K Brookes (M Ward 18), F Levi, T Swinson, W Welch, R Pennycook (M Wilson 54), A Hogg  [C]

Scorers: T: G Bobo P: J Manning, J Gopperth (5) DG: J Gopperth

Exeter ChiefsP Dollman, M Jess, A Higgins, B Rennie (J Matavesi 53), M Foster, R Davis (G Steenson 69), G Cowley  [C] (J Poluleuligaga 41), B Moon, C Whitehead, C Budgen, C Bentley (M Stupple 60), D Gannon, C Slade, A Miller, J Phillips (D Ewers 49)

Scorers: T: M Foster, P Dollman C: G Steenson P: R Davis (4)

Match points: Newcastle Falcons 4pts, Exeter Chiefs 1pts
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)


POOL 4Amlin Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 4

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 35 – 7 BUCHAREST OAKSBucharest Oaks
Stade Charléty - Friday 16th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 3,000

Stade FrancaisM Rodriguez (R Raine 70), J Arias (O Phillips 60), M Bastareaud, G Tiesi (H Bonneval 57), Q Valancon, J Plisson, J Dupuy  [C] (N Oelschig 54), R Slimani (D Weber 73), L Sempere (R Bonfils 54), P Ledesma (A Joly 57), A Flanquart, P Pape, P Rabadan (A Marchois 48), J Leguizamon, H Briatte

Scorers: T: P Rabadan (2), L Sempere, G Tiesi, A Flanquart C: J Dupuy (4), N Oelschig

Bucharest OaksF Vlaicu, M Lemnaru, C Gheara, C Dascalu, I Botezatu, D Dumbrava (M Apostol 54), V Ivan (V Calafeteanu 57), P Tamba (M Dico 41), C Beca (A Radoi 41), V Badalicescu (N Nere 57), M Drenceanu (A Valcu 50), V Popirlan, S Burcea (V Lucaci 57), D Ianus, D Carpo  [C]

Scorers: T: M Lemnaru C: F Vlaicu

Match points: Stade Français Paris 5pts, Bucharest Oaks 0pts
Referee: Stefano Penne (Italy)


Crociati RugbyCROCIATI RUGBY 6 – 46 LEEDS CARNEGIE Leeds Carnegie
Stadio XXV Aprile - Sunday 19th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 20

Crociati RugbyR Trevisan, L Fa'atau, M Tobia (H En Naour 60), S Damiani (H En Naour 44), T Woodman, T Iannone (M Anversa 24), J Ireland (M Frati 48), P Singh (R Balboni 60), M Saccomani (D Giazzon 41), I Scarparo (M Minari 72), U Kolo'ofai, D Sigg, D Delnevo, a orlandi  [C] (F Pepoli 54), R Mandelli

Scorer: P: M Anversa (2)
Yellow Card: D Delnevo (17)

Leeds CarnegieL Hinton, L Blackett (S Tadulala 54), H Fa'afili, S Barrow, M Stephenson, C Thomas (L Burrell 43), W Fury (S Mathie 60), M MacDonald (G Hardy 60), S Thompson (P Nilsen 42), P Swainston (G Denman 36), T Denton, M Wentzel  [C] (K Myall 41), R Oakley, A To'oala, D Browne (D Paul 54)

Scorers: T: R Oakley, M Stephenson, L Blackett, L Burrell, H Fa'afili (2), PT:(1) C: L Hinton (3), C Thomas P: C Thomas
Yellow Card: L Hinton (40)

Match points: Crociati Rugby 0pts, Leeds Carnegie 5pts
Referee: Cedric Marchat (France)


POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 5

AgenAGEN 61 – 11 FEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGO Femi CZ Rugby Rovigo
Stade Armandie - Saturday 18th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 6,000

AgenB Dulin, S Vaka, M Avramovic, J Robinson (J Pelesasa 55), M Ahotaeiloa, C Barnard, M Machenaud (A Bales 54), A Nnomo (S Telefoni 58), J Narjissi (B Mach 54), B Sheklashvili (K Kouider 54), L Fa'aoso (J Mondoulet 58), C Chavet, J Monribot  [C] (B Petre 66), H Scholtz, O Fonua (M Moala 54)

Scorers: T: O Fonua (2), M Avramovic, S Vaka (2), L Fa'aoso, J Pelesasa (2), PT:(1) C: C Barnard (8)
Yellow Card: J Monribot (45)

Femi CZ Rugby RovigoA Zorzi, M Stanojevic, S Pace, M De Gasperi (F Zarattini 58), A Bacchetti, D Duca, S Basson (M Zanirato 70), R Dolcetto (G Boccalon 43), N Marzolla (L Mahoney 41), M Ravalle, T Reato  [C], J Montauriol, A Persico, M Barion (Y Anouer 41), M Foshi

Scorers: T: M Ravalle P: S Basson (2)
Yellow Cards: T Reato (18), A Persico (39)

Match points: Agen 5pts, Femi-CZ Rovigo 0pts
Referee: David Jones (Wales)


Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 18 – 24 LA ROCHELLE La Rochelle
Kingsholm - Sunday 19th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 9,324

Gloucester RugbyF Burns, C Sharples, M Tindall  [C], E Fuimaono-Sapolu, L Vainikolo, N Robinson, R Lawson (D Lewis 59), N Wood, S Lawson (O Azam 59), P Doran-Jones (P Capdevielle 66), D Attwood (W James 59), A Brown, B Deacon (P Buxton 36), A Qera, L Narraway

Scorers: T: L Vainikolo (2), F Burns P: N Robinson

La RochelleB Dambielle, M Le Bourhis (M Dall'igna 40), T Combezou, V Roux, F Ninard, R Lacoste (S Boboul 76), D Neveu, P Toderasc (A Bares 15), A Bordoy (S Clement 55), J Garcia (T Leupolu 59), R Mohr  [C] (F Jacob 47), J Grobler (P Som 76), Q D'Aram de Valada (A Bordoy 59), R Carmignani (J Garcia 74), T Soucaze (P Fa'asalele 40)

Scorers: T: T Soucaze, J Garcia C: B Dambielle P: B Dambielle (4)
Yellow Cards: A Bares (60), T Leupolu (73), V Roux (2 and 74 = Red Card)

Match points: Gloucester Rugby 1pts, La Rochelle 4pts
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)Top


POOL 1Amlin Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 1

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 20 – 9 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby
The Twickenham Stoop - Sunday 12th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 6,349

HarlequinsM Brown, G Camacho, G Lowe, T Casson (J Turner-Hall 61), T Williams, N Evans, K Dickson, J Marler (C Jones 51), J Gray (M Cairns 51), J Johnston (M Lambert 51), O Kohn, T Vallejos (P Browne 74), C Robshaw, W Skinner  [C], T Guest (C York 61)

Scorers: T: M Brown, T Guest C: N Evans (2) P: N Evans (2)
Yellow Card: G Camacho (61)

Connacht RugbyG Duffy (A Wynne 79), B Tuohy, I Keatley, K Mathews, F Carr, M Nikora (T Nathan 71), F Murphy (C Willis 51), B Wilkinson (R Loughney 47), S Cronin, J Hagan (R Ah You 60), M Swift, M McCarthy, A Browne (B Upton 60), J O'Connor (M McComish 51), J Muldoon  [C]

Scorers: P: M Nikora (3)

Match Points: Harlequins 4pts, Connacht Rugby 0pt
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)


Bayonne BAYONNE 65 – 7 I CAVALIERI ESTRA I Cavalieri Prato
Stade Jean Dauger - Sunday 12th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 5,500

BayonneJ Pietersen, G Ziegler, T Lacroix, L Mazars, S Gerber, S Fauqué, C Garcia (J Audy 65), P Lafond (W Desmaison 74), A Heguy (F Da Ros 41), W Desmaison (T Lea'aetoa 48), C Treloar, R Filipo, D Haare, F Carillo (G Bernad 48), M Baget  [C]

Scorers: T: M Baget, D Haare, S Gerber (4), J Pietersen, G Ziegler (2) C: S Fauqué, C Garcia (6) P: C Garcia (2)
Yellow Card: R Filipo (56)

I Cavalieri PratoR Wakarua, F Vezzosi, W Mafi (A Lunardi 61), S Rodwell, N Tempestini, B Ngwaini, S Canale (L Villagra 52), G Marino (A Goti 52), A Neri (L Giovanchelli 55), A Borsi (D Stefani 45), F Cazzola, L Beccaris, L Petillo, F Cristiano  [C], W Moore

Scorers: T: L Petillo C: R Wakarua
Yellow Card: W Mafi (20), D Stefani (45), W Moore (56)

Match Points: Bayonne 5pts, I Cavalieri Estra 0pt
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)


POOL 2 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 2

Petrarca Rugby PETRARCA RUGBY 37 – 10 EL SALVADOR Cetransa El Salvador
Centre Geremia - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 150

Petrarca RugbyS Bortolussi (W Spragg 58), F Faggiotto, A Chillon, R Bertetti  [C] (J Sanchez 47), M Acuna, T Walsh (A Chillon 7), A Billot, C Caporello (L Naka 60), N Gatto, S Sodini (C Fazzari 47), A Cavalieri, M Tveraga (D Fletcher 56), M Barbini, Z Ansell, N Galatro (S Palmer 47)

Scorers: T: M Acuna (2), N Galatro, Z Ansell (2), C Caporello C: A Chillon (2) P: T Walsh

Cetransa El SalvadorI Davey, J Carter, J Nava, M Raposo (E Fernandez 52), L Gascon, U Mai, P Feijoo (S Ibarra 65), M Castro (L Del Moral 62), D Marron (A Martínez 62), J Miranda, V Sanchez, C Souto (J Molina 65), I Criado  [C] (A Nuñez Llorente 46), K Williams, M Samuelu (G De la Llana 77)

Scorers: T: L Gascon C: J Nava P: L Gascon

Match Points: Petrarca Rugby 5pts, Cetransa El Salvador 0pt
Referee: Cédric Marchat (France)


Brive BRIVE 18 – 9 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks
Stade Amédée Domenech - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 3,200

BriveJ Caminati, M Atayi, R Cooke (R Lespinas 41), J Noon  [C], A Palisson, S Spedding, M Belie, V Kakovin (D Kinchagishvili 55), B Cabello (G Ribes 55), P Cardinali (P Idieder 55), T Dubarry (A Claassen 50), D Browne, V Forgues (S Azoulai 17), A Popham, J Le Devedec (A Méla 68)

Scorers: T: A Palisson (2) C: J Caminati P: J Caminati (2)
Yellow Card: A Popham (55)

Sale SharksP Williams, B Cohen, M Tait, K Tonetti, M Cueto, N MacLeod  [C], D Peel (W Cliff 46), A Sheridan (L Imiolek 65), M Jones (B Roberts 75), K Wihongi (H Thomas 55), W Lewaravu, N Rouse, S Cox, N McMillan, K Ormsby

Scorers: P: N MacLeod (3)

Match Points: Brive 4pts, Sale Sharks 0pt
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)


POOL 3 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 3

Montpellier MONTPELLIER 39 – 14 BOURGOINBourgoin
Stade Yves du Manoir, Montpellier - Thursday 9th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 4,500

MontpellierJ Alcalde, A Pratmarty, S Tuilevuka, F Nicot, M Bustos Moyano (G Doumayrou 61), S Fernandez (R Lagarde 71), B Paillaugue (A Tomas 7), N Leleimalefaga (G Shvelidze 47), J Caudullo (F Rofes 71), D Thiart (A Fakate 54), M Macurdy (K Kervarec 54), G Uva, V Bost  [C] (G Chkhaidze 25), J Wasserman, M Giraud

Scorers: T: J Caudullo, M Giraud, S Fernandez, M Bustos Moyano C: M Bustos Moyano (2) P: M Bustos Moyano (4), R Lagarde
Yellow Card: M Giraud (22), A Fakate (64)

BourgoinM Moinot, B Va'aulu, W van Zyl (J Coux 54), D Janin, R Nasiganiyavi, M Viazzo (S Tian 70), M Campeggia  [C] (J Gondrand 46), A Tchougong (O Milloud 51), J Merle, V Pelo (S Bougherara 19), T Genevois, C Levast (Y Labrit 68), C Basson, W Jooste, A Tulou

Scorers: T: R Nasiganiyavi, PT: (1) C: M Viazzo (2)
Yellow Card: T Genevois (50)

Match Points: Montpellier 5pts, Bourgoin 0pt
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)


Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 36 – 10 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons
Sandy Park - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 5,728

Exeter ChiefsJ Matavesi, M Jess, N Sestaret, S Naqelevuki, M Foster (A Higgins 57), R Davis (P Dollman 62), J Poluleuligaga  [C] (G Cowley 50), B Moon (R Murphy 69), C Whitehead (J Vickers 69), H Tui (I Elosu 57), C Bentley (M Stupple 50), D Gannon, C Slade (M Stupple 34), A Miller, D Ewers (C Whitehead 72)

Scorers: T: A Higgins, M Jess, B Moon, C Slade, M Stupple C: R Davis (3), P Dollman P: R Davis
Yellow Card: J Vickers (70)

Newcastle FalconsT Catterick (A Hogg 66), D Williams, J Fitzpatrick, A Henderson, M Tait, J Manning (A Tait 50), M Young (J Hodgson 59), M Ward (G Shiells 54), K Brookes (D Fearn 69), J Hall (M Thompson 54), J Hudson  [C] (B Wilson 57), G Townson, F Levi, W Welch, M Wilson

Scorers: T: D Williams, M Young
Yellow Card: D Williams (36), J Fitzpatrick (71)

Match Points: Exeter Chiefs 5pts, Newcastle Falcons 0pt
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


POOL 4 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 4

Bucharest Oaks BUCHAREST OAKS 20 – 29 STADE FRANCAIS Stade Francais
Arcul de Triumf - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 2,500

Bucharest OaksF Vlaicu, M Lemnaru (M Apostol 78), C Gheara, C Dascalu, I Botezatu, D Dumbrava (C Fercu 45), V Calafeteanu, P Tamba (M Dico 50), A Radoi (C Beca 50), V Badalicescu (N Nere 50), A Valcu, V Popirlan (M Drenceanu 60), S Burcea (V Lucaci 50), D Ianus, D Carpo  [C]

Scorers: T: S Burcea, M Lemnaru C: D Dumbrava (2) P: V Calafeteanu (2)

Stade FrancaisH Bonneval, Q Valancon, M Bastareaud, G Tiesi (H Southwell 22), D Camara, J Plisson, J Dupuy (N Oelschig 70), D Weber, L Sempere, R Slimani (P Ledesma 41), T Palmer (A Marchois 28), P Papé, J Haskell, P Rabadan (J Leguizamon 41), S Parisse  [C]

Scorers: T: S Parisse, P Pape, L Sempere, H Bonneval C: J Dupuy (3) P: N Oelschig

Match Points: Bucharest Oaks 0pt, Stade Français Paris 5pts
Man of the Match: D Carpo (Bucharest Oaks)
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)


Leeds Carnegie LEEDS CARNEGIE 55 – 6 CROCIATI RUGBYCrociati Rugby
Headingley Stadium - Sunday 12th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 1,713

Leeds CarnegieC Thomas (L Hinton 68), L Blackett (P Wackett 55), H Fa'afili, S Barrow, M Stephenson, L Mackay, W Fury (S Mathie 55), G Hardy (M Alonso 63), S Thompson (P Nilsen 63), J Gomez (J Moreno Rodriquez 58), T Denton, M Wentzel  [C] (D Paul 63), R Oakley, H Fourie (A To'oala 65), D Browne

Scorers: T: M Wentzel (2), L Hinton, C Thomas, L Blackett (2), H Fa'afili, P Wackett C: L Hinton (3), C Thomas (3) P: C Thomas
Yellow Card: M Alonso (79)

Crociati RugbyR Trevisan, L Fa'atau, M Tobia (L Guidetti 79), S Damiani, T Woodman (E Passera 78), T Iannone (M Anversa 58), J Ireland (M Frati 63), A Lovotti, M Saccomani, I Scarparo (F Pepoli 68), U Kolo'ofai, D Sigg, D Delnevo, A Orlandi  [C] (M Minari 50), R Mandelli

Scorers: P: T Iannone (2)

Match Points: Leeds Carnegie 5pts, Crociati Rugby 0pt
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)


POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 5

Femi CZ Rugby Rovigo FEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGO 10 – 33 AGEN Agen
Stadio Mario Battaglini - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 650

Femi CZ Rugby RovigoS Basson, M Stanojevic, S Pace, D Duca (M De Gasperi 47), P Calanchini (A Zorzi 58), G Bustos, M Zanirato (F Zarattini 53), G Boccalon (R Dolcetto 36), N Marzolla (M Ravalle 62), M Ravalle (V Golfetti 43), T Reato  [C] (M Foshi 64), J Montauriol, Y Anouer (E Lubian 47), A Persico, A Guzman

Scorers: T: A Zorzi C: G Bustos P: G Bustos

AgenF Cazeaux, K Swiryn, M Avramovic, J Pelesasa (M Ahotaeiloa 56), R Kolinisau, C Barnard, S Dupuy (M Machenaud 56), S Telefoni (G Muller 45), B Mach, K Kouider (B Sheklashvili 62), C Chavet, M Moala (S Telefoni 69), J Monribot  [C], J Mondoulet, O Fonua (L Fa'aoso 53)

Scorers: T: J Monribot, K Swiryn (2), R Kolinisau, PT: (1) C: C Barnard (4)

Match Points: Femi-CZ Rovigo 0pt, Agen 5pts
Referee: Andrew Macpherson (Scotland)


La Rochelle LA ROCHELLE 6 – 13 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby
Centre Geremi - Saturday 11th December 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 9,800

La RochelleB Dambielle, T Combezou, S Rabeni (G Devade 65), V Roux, M Le Bourhis (F Ninard 62), G Goosen (R Tales 52), D Neveu, R Frou (a bares 21), A Bordoy (S Clement 62), T Leupolu (J Garcia 49), P Fa'asalele (R Mohr 72), J Grobler, Q D'Aram de Valada (F Jacob 49), P Som  [C], R Carmignani

Scorers: P: B Dambielle (2)

Gloucester RugbyO Morgan, J Simpson-Daniel (C Sharples 69), M Tindall  [C], E Fuimaono-Sapolu, L Vainikolo, N Robinson (F Burns 61), R Lawson, N Wood, O Azam (S Lawson 61), P Doran-Jones, W James (A Brown 68), D Attwood, P Buxton, A Hazell (A Qera 49), L Narraway

Scorers: T: J Simpson-Daniel C: N Robinson P: F Burns (2)

Match Points: La Rochelle 1pt, Gloucester Rugby 4pts
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)



POOL 1 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 16 – 13 BAYONNE Bayonne
The Sports Ground - Friday 15th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 1,777

Connacht got off to a dream start with an Ian Keatley penalty after just 3 minutes and were unlucky not to stretch the lead to 6 points when the out-half missed another penalty after 7 minutes. French halfback Sebastien Fauque levelled the score after 12 minutes in what was a lively and frantic game.

Both sides put boot to ball and when the Bayonne pack opted for a pick and drive game they made inroads into the resolute Connacht defence. 4 minutes of pressure was absorbed by the home side but Aviron Bayonnais were awarded a penalty just inside the Connacht half and Fauque duly added the points.

Connacht enjoyed the balance of possession for the next 10 minutes with exceptional breaks from Darragh Fanning, Fionn Carr and Keith Matthews supported by some powerful scrummaging from powerhouses Brett Wilkinson and Jamie Hagan. On the half hour mark Frank Murphy won the battle on the ground after Connacht put pressure on the Bayonne scrum and after Jamie Hagan had smashed through 3 tackles he looked set to score but Bayonne forced a knock on and were able to clear their lines.

Sean Cronin showed his blistering pace when he took off down the left wing and sprinted 25 meters to score in the corner to give the home side the lead once again. Ian Keatley missed the conversion and with 1 minute left on the clock Darragh Fanning was deemed to not release the ball carrier on his own line after making a try saving tackle and was sin-binned. Fauque missed the kick under the posts and Connacht left the field at half time a man down and two points up.

Connacht started the second-half brightly and were awarded a penalty on 43 minutes. Ian Keatley failed in his attempt but made up for it on 49 minutes slotting over to bring the score to 11-6.

Darragh Fanning returned from his sin binning on 50 minutes and Connacht tried to push their advantage home. It was a tough game with some huge tackles being put in by both sides. On 60 minutes Bayonne threatened the Connacht line, but Connacht's defensive effort saw them push the visitors back to half-way. That gave Connacht a lift and an inspirational break by man-of-the match Sean Cronin resulted in Gavin Duffy crossing the line for Connacht's second try. Keatley missed the following conversion leaving the score 16-6.

Connacht replaced Darragh Fanning with Troy Nathan on 64 minutes and Jamie Hagan had to be replaced by Barry Fa'amusalli on 66 minutes with an ankle injury. Bayonne seized the initiative and scored a try on 67 minutes. Replacement prop David Roumieu crossing over with Sebastien Fauque kicking the conversion to set up a grandstand finish.

Bayonne piled the pressure on the home side but Connacht soaked it up with Ray Ofisa in particular putting in some big tackles. Ian Keatley Had a chance to kill the game off on 78 minutes but missed from just inside the Bayonne half. But Connacht hung on for a morale boosting victory. The final score in the Sportsground was Connacht 16-13 Bayonne.

Connacht RugbyG Duffy, D Fanning (T Nathan 64), N Ta'auso, K Mathews, F Carr, I Keatley, F Murphy, B Wilkinson, S Cronin, J Hagan (B Fa'amausili 66), M Swift, M McCarthy (B Upton 73), J O'Connor, R Ofisa, J Muldoon  [C]

Scorers: T: G Duffy, S Cronin P: I Keatley (2)
Yellow Card: D Fanning (40)

BayonneP Elhorga, Y Huget, T Lacroix (G Ziegler 55), S Gerber, J Peyras Loustalet, S Fauque (J Pietersen 52), J Audy, P Lafond (F Da Ros 55), A Heguy (D Roumieu 48), T Lea'aetoa (D Avril 45), C Treloar (A Boutaty 45), T Flavell, J Puricelli  [C], R Martin, M Baget (R Linde 56)

Scorers: T: D Roumieu C: J Peyras Loustalet P: S Fauque (2)

Match points: Connacht Rugby 4pts, Bayonne 1pts
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)


HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 55 – 17 I CAVALIERI ESTRA I Cavalieri Prato
The Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 36-3 Attendance: 9,639

It was indeed a beautiful day for Quins as the London side indulged in a try--fest at the Stoop, crossing the line 8 times to not only secure a bonus point win, but also claim the top spot in pool 1.

Tries came from Tom Williams (3), Ross Chisholm (2), George Lowe and Sam Smith, with Rory Clegg kicking 15 points.

Rory Clegg and Rima Wakarua exchanged opening penalties in the opening 10 minutes (3-3) before Man of the Match, Tom Williams, opened the evening's entertainment with a try just a minute later, after Ross Chisholm showed off his strong running skills. 8-3

It was clear the Quins youngsters were keen to shine and just 6 minutes later Rory Clegg and George Lowe combined to set Chisholm loose for the second try. Clegg converted. 15-3.

Four minutes later and Quins refused to let the Italians take a breath. George Lowe broke through the hands of the overstretched Prato, spun off a final tackle and claimed the third of the night. Clegg converted. 22-3.

The bonus point came with 5 minutes remaining of the first half. Quins who had dominated so far in the scrum, drove towards the Prato line and as the visitors tried to resist the inevitable, referee Andy McPherson gave Quins the penalty try. Clegg converted in front of the posts. 29-3.

With the clock on 40 minutes Quins refused to ease off the gas and Clegg's well-timed chip through allowed Ross Chisholm to chase the ball down and secure Quins' 5th try, and the 19 year old's 2nd of the evening. Clegg converted. 36-3.

After the excitement of the first half, it took a while for the second half to get going and when it did it was Prato who had the first say (52 mins). Scrum-half Pino Patelli linked with Edward Lewis-Pratt before sending the ball into the hands of Denis Majstorovic to score in the right corner. Wakaru converted. 36-10

Quins reacted in the best possible way and, 8 minutes later, a streaking run by Tom Williams down the left wing saw the winger rise above two Italians, grab hold of the ball that had bounced high above the deadball area, and score Quins' 6th try. 41-10.

With 10 minutes left of the match there were still two tries to be scored by the London side. Replacement Sam Smith got the first with a powerful break that saw him brush off the outstretched Prato arms and touch the ball down between the posts. Clegg converted. 48-10.

The second a final try came from Man of the Match Tom Williams who, after Peter Browne thundered through the midfield, the winger finished off the try spree with his hat trick try. Clegg converted. 55-10

Although it was Quins who had been the show-case team, it was the Italians who finished off the action with a try in the 79th minute when Edward Lewis-Pratt hacked on a loose ball for the 10th and final try of the match. Wakaru converted. 55-17

by Sarah Butler

HarlequinsR Chisholm, G Camacho, G Lowe (B Urdapilleta 41), T Casson (S Smith 60), T Williams, R Clegg, K Dickson (D Moore 60), C Jones (M Lambert 64), J Gray (C Brooker 51), J Johnston (J Andress 51), G Robson, P Browne, T Vallejos (O Kohn 72), W Skinner  [C], T Guest (L Wallace 64)

Scorers: T: T Williams (3), G Lowe, R Chisholm (2), S Smith, PT:(1) C: R Clegg (6) P: R Clegg

I Cavalieri PratoR Wakarua, N Tempestini (C Von Grumbkov 41), D Majstorovic (S Canale 72), S Rodwell (E Lewis Pratt 41), F Vezzosi, A Chiesa, P Patelli, L Poloni (A Goti 59), L Giovanchelli  [C] (A Neri 64), D Stefani (A Borsi 41), L Beccaris (G Marino 77), W Moore, L Petillo, F Cristiano, N Soqueta (N Belardo 65)

Scorers: T: E Lewis Pratt, D Majstorovic C: R Wakarua (2) P: R Wakarua

Match points: Harlequins 5pts, I Cavalieri Estra 0pts
Referee: Andrew Macpherson (Scotland)


POOL 2 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 2

Petrarca Rugby PETRARCA RUGBY 9 – 56 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks
Stadio Plebiscito - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 1,050

Petrarca RugbyM Acuna (J Sanchez 33), L Innocenti, R Bertetti, A Chillon (A Dal Corso 58), W Spragg, T Walsh, A Chillon (A Billot 54), A Costa Repetto (C Fazzari 46), N Gatto (O Gega 54), D Chistolini (C Caporello 22), A Cavalieri (M Sutto 46), M Tveraga, N Bezzati  [C], S Palmer (N Galatro 46), Z Ansell

Scorer: P: T Walsh (3)
Yellow Card: A Costa Repetto (30)

Sale SharksP Williams, T Brady, M Tait (C Bell 50), N MacLeod, M Cueto, C Hodgson (R Miller 62), W Cliff, L Imiolek (A Croall 27), N Briggs  [C], K Wihongi (J Forster 50), W Lewaravu (C Jones 50), N Rouse, C Fearns (C Brightwell 41), N McMillan, S Koyamaibole (M Jones 63)

Scorers: T: N MacLeod (2), M Cueto (2), R Miller, T Brady (2) C: C Hodgson (4), R Miller (2) P: C Hodgson (3)

Match points: Petrarca Rugby 0pts, Sale Sharks 5pts
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)


Cetransa El Salvador EL SALVADOR 3 – 116 BRIVE Brive
Campo de Pepe Rojo - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 1,200

Cetransa El SalvadorI Davey (A Nuñez Llorente 70), E Fernandez (J Sanz Rodriguez 63), J Carter, J Revilla (M Raposo 30), L Gascon (A Molina 58), U Mai, S Ibarra, C Caballero, L Del Moral (A Martínez 57), M Castro (J Miranda 51), V Sanchez, C Souto (S Souto 51), J Molina, K Williams, I Criado  [C]

Scorer: P: I Davey

BriveJ Caminati, N Jeanjean, R Cooke (S Perry 41), R Lespinas, A Palisson, F Estebanez (S Spedding 41), M Belie, P Barnard (P Henn 41), B Cabello, P Idieder (P Cardinali 41), T Dubarry (G Ribes 41), D Browne (R Uys 41), G Vosloo (A Popham 41), V Forgues, A Claassen  [C] (F Domingo 41)

Scorers: T: B Cabello (3), N Jeanjean (5), G Ribes, F Domingo, S Perry, G Vosloo, S Spedding (3), J Caminati (2) C: J Caminati (14) P: J Caminati

Match points: Cetransa El Salvador 0pts, Brive 5pts
Referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales)Top

POOL 3 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 3

Montpellier MONTPELLIER 32 – 8 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons
Stade Yves du Manoir, Montpellier - Thursday 14th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 9,674

MontpellierP Bérard, Q Doumayrou, S Tuilevuka, G Rees (F Nicot 71), D Pelo (J Vallée 66), S Fernandez (R Lagarde 66), B Paillaugue (A Tomas 73), N Leleimalefaga (S Petit 54), J Caudullo (F Rofes 55), G Jgenti (K Kervarec 62), M Macurdy, G Uva, V Bost  [C], J Wasserman (M Giraud 41), G Chkhaidze

Scorers: T: D Pelo, S Tuilevuka C: B Paillaugue (2) P: B Paillaugue (6)

Newcastle FalconsA Tait, L Fielden, L Eves (J Fitzpatrick 76), A Henderson, C Amesbury, J Hodgson (T Catterick 67), C Pilgrim (M Young 50), K Brookes (D Fearn 71), J Graham (R Vickers 50), T Ryan, F Levi (T Swinson 57), G Townson, B Wilson (J Hall 71), R Pennycook, A Hogg  [C] (M Wilson 66)

Scorers: T: L Fielden P: J Hodgson
Yellow Card: T Ryan (70)

Match points: Montpellier 4pts, Newcastle Falcons 0pts
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


BourgoinBOURGOIN 19 – 34 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs
Stade Pierre Rajon - Friday 15th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 5,800

BourgoinM Moinot, B Va'aulu, M Viazzo, D Janin (S Tian 59), R Nasiganiyavi, S Laloo (W van Zyl 21), M Forest  [C] (J Gondrand 59), E Iapteff (V Pelo 41), T Kopelani (J Janaudy 62), S Bougherara (S Charlet 47), T Genevois, C Levast, T Cowley (W Jooste 41), A Tulou (A Louchard 56), Y Labrit

Scorers: T: Y Labrit, B Va'aulu, R Nasiganiyavi C: M Viazzo (2)
Yellow Card: R Nasiganiyavi (56)

Exeter ChiefsL Arscott, A Higgins, P Dollman (M Jess 78), B Rennie (N Sestaret 61), M Foster, G Steenson, H Thomas (G Cowley 73), B Sturgess, N Clark (C Whitehead 62), C Budgen (I Elosu 73), T Hayes  [C], J Hanks, T Johnson, J Scaysbrook (C Slade 65), R Baxter (D Gannon 71)

Scorers: T: M Foster, H Thomas, B Rennie C: G Steenson (2) P: G Steenson (5)
Yellow Card: R Baxter (60)

Match points: Bourgoin 0pts, Exeter Chiefs 4pts
Referee: James Jones (Wales)Top

POOL 4 Amlin Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 4

Bucharest Oaks BUCHAREST OAKS 20 – 19 CROCIATI RUGBYCrociati Rugby
Arcul de Triumf - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 699

Bucharest OaksF Vlaicu, M Lemnaru, C Gheara (C Nicolae 56), C Gal Minya, C Fercu, D Dumbrava, V Ivan (V Calafeteanu 41), P Tamba (M Dico 58), C Beca (A Radoi 41), V Badalicescu (N Nere 46), V Popirlan (D Lazar 67), M Drenceanu (A Valcu 46), S Burcea (M Dico 38), D Ianus, M Macovei  [C]

Scorers: T: C Nicolae P: D Dumbrava (5)
Yellow Card: P Tamba (37)

Crociati RugbyR Trevisan, E Passera, M Tobia (M Ricci 80), S Damiani  [C], T Woodman, M Anversa, M Frati, A Lovotti, D Giazzon (M Saccomani 61), M Coletti (I Scarparo 61), M Minari (R Mandelli 61), D Sigg, D Delnevo, F Ferrarini, U Kolo'ofai

Scorers: T: F Ferrarini C: M Anversa P: M Anversa (4)

Match points: Bucharest Oaks 4pts, Crociati Rugby 1pts
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)


Leeds Carnegie LEEDS CARNEGIE 13 – 22 STADE FRANÇAIS Stade Francais
Headingley Stadium - Sunday 17th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 4,151

Leeds CarnegieM Stephenson, S Tadulala, J Tincknell (H Fa'afili 66), L Burrell, L Blackett, L Mackay (C Thomas 58), W Fury (S Mathie 52), G Hardy (G Denman 73), S Thompson (A Titterrell 54), J Gomez (M Alonso 66), T Denton, M Wentzel  [C], J Pendlebury (K Myall 54), H Fourie, R Oakley (D Browne 54)

Scorers: T: J Gomez, H Fourie P: C Thomas

Stade FrancaisM Rodriguez, J Arias, G Bousses, J Plisson, O Phillips, N Oelschig, B Tardy (L Beauxis 65), D Weber (A Joly 71), L Sempere (R Bonfils 48), A Joly (R Slimani 31), A Marchois (P Pape 49), T Palmer, A Burban (S Parisse 48), P Rabadan  [C], H Briatte (M Bergamasco 28)

Scorers: T: G Bousses C: M Rodriguez P: M Rodriguez (4) DG: M Rodriguez
Yellow Card: B Tardy (18)

Match points: Leeds Carnegie 0pts, Stade Français Paris 4pts
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)


POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 5

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 90 – 7 FEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGOFemi CZ Rugby Rovigo
Kingsholm - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 9,204

Gloucester RugbyO Morgan, J Simpson-Daniel (C Sharples 68), H Trinder, J May, L Vainikolo, F Burns (N Robinson 55), D Lewis (J Pasqualin 41), A Dickinson (N Wood 58), S Lawson (D Dawiduik 41), P Doran-Jones (P Capdevielle 41), J Hamilton (P Buxton 41), A Brown, A Strokosch (B Deacon 41), A Hazell, L Narraway  [C]

Scorers: T: A Hazell, J Simpson-Daniel (2), O Morgan (2), L Vainikolo (2), C Sharples, F Burns, J May (3), H Trinder, PT:(1) C: N Robinson, F Burns (9)
Yellow Card: H Trinder (58)

Femi CZ Rugby RovigoS Basson, A Bacchetti, A Lunardon (A Zorzi 41), F Zarattini (G Bustos 35), M Stanojevic, D Duca, M Zanirato, N Quaglio (R Dolcetto 73), F Damiano (L Mahoney 41), V Golfetti (G Boccalon 36), T Reato  [C], D Tumiati (M Barion 41), Y Anouer, J Montauriol, A Guzman

Scorers: T: G Bustos C: G Bustos
Yellow Card: A Zorzi (63)

Match points: Gloucester Rugby 5pts, Femi-CZ Rovigo 0pts
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)


La Rochelle LA ROCHELLE 30 – 23 AGEN Agen
Stade Marcel Deflandre - Saturday 16th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 9,500

La RochelleR Lacoste, T Combezou (B Dambielle 65), S Rabeni (G Devade 59), V Roux, M Le Bourhis, R Tales, D Neveu  [C] (B Ferrou 50), A Bordoy (S Clement 64), F Pani, T Leupolu (J Garcia 42), G Souvent, J Grobler (R Mohr 62), N Djebaili, Q D'Aram de Valada, R Carmignani (T Soucaze 59)

Scorers: T: B Ferrou, A Bordoy, R Carmignani, M Le Bourhis C: R Lacoste (2) P: R Lacoste (2)

AgenF Cazeaux, K Swiryn, M Ahotaeiloa, R Edmond-Samuel, S Vaka (R Kolinisau 63), C Barnard (V Courrent 74), M Machenaud (A Bales 74), M Moala (G Muller 53), B Mach, B Sheklashvili (K Kouider 59), T Lassale, C Chavet  [C], J O'Sullivan, J Mondoulet (D Lagrange 57), A Campos

Scorers: T: J O'Sullivan, M Machenaud C: C Barnard (2) P: C Barnard (3)

Match points: La Rochelle 5pts, Agen 1pts
Referee: Greg Garner (England)Top


POOL 1Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 1

I Cavalieri Prato I CAVALIERI ESTRA 23 – 21 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby
Stadio Lungobisenzio - Saturday 9th October 2010
HT: 3-13 Attendance: 2,200

I Cavalieri Estra picked up the first Italian win on the opening weekend of European action as they famously downed last season’s semi-finalists Connacht 23-21 in a thrilling game.

A long range try from South African-born lock Wouter Moore eventually proved the difference between the two sides, although Connacht outside half Ian Keatley hit the post with a last gasp drop goal to regain the lead for the Irish side.

The home side were 10 points adrift at the interval, but hit back to dominate the second period and get off to a great start in Pool 4. For new Connacht coach Eric Elwood it was a bitter blow, especially as his team had enjoyed a good opening month in the Magners League with two wins and a draw from their first five matches.

The only points that Cavalieri could muster in the opening period came from the boot of former Italian international full back Rima Wakarua, while Keatley grabbed all 13 of his side's points with two penalties, a try and conversion.

The Irish province stretched their advantage within three minutes of the re-start when Kiwi lock Bernie Upton crashed over for a second try. But with the stage set for a major onslaught, Connacht began to wilt in the face of a fierce rearguard action from the home team.

There were 13 unanswered points as wing Niccolo Temestini crossed for the first home try and Wakarua landed the conversion and two penalties. That cut the gap to two points before Keatley steadied the rocky Connacht ship with his third penalty of the game.

Then came Moore's famous charge for glory and a critical conversion from Wakarua to take his match-winning points tally to 13.

Connacht will now seek to re-group next weekend when they host Bayonne, while Cavalieri will march on to face English Premiership side Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.

I Cavalieri PratoR Wakarua, N Tempestini, D Majstorovic, S Rodwell (E Lewis Pratt 52), F Vezzosi (A Lunardi 76), A Chiesa, P Patelli, L Poloni (G Marino 67), L Giovanchelli [capt] (A Neri 71), G Bocca (D Stefani 47), L Beccaris, W Moore, L Petillo, F Cristiano, N Soqueta (N Belardo 67)

Scorers: T: W Moore, N Tempestini C: R Wakarua (2) P: R Wakarua (3)
Yellow Card: D Majstorovic (10)

Connacht RugbyT Nathan, D Fanning, N Ta'auso, M Nikora, F Carr, I Keatley, C Willis (F Murphy 60), B Wilkinson (R Loughney 41), A Flavin (D Murphy 50), R Sweeney (B Fa'amausili 41), M Swift, B Upton, A Browne (M McComish 66), J O'Connor, J Muldoon [capt] (M McCarthy 47)

Scorers: T: I Keatley, B Upton C: I Keatley P: I Keatley (3)

Match points: I Cavalieri Estra 4pts, Connacht Rugby 1pts
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)


Bayonne BAYONNE 16 – 12 HARLEQUINSHarlequins
Stade Jean Dauger - Sunday 10th October 2010
HT: 8-12 Attendance: 3,500

The anticipated late autumn sun of South-West France seemed a world away from the sodden pitch that awaited Quins for their first round, Amlin Challenge Cup match against Aviron Bayonne.

Nick Evans opened the scoring in a weather induced scrappy first half, with strengthening winds, large puddles a rather slippery ball. After two and a half minutes the Kiwi fly-half slotted the first penalty of the game. 3-0

Bayonne hit back shortly after with a counter attack from a Quins midfield spillage as South African winger Joe Pietersen scored in the right hand corner. A strong wind prevented Boyet from converting. 5-3

Quins re-took the lead with a penalty on 11 minutes to take the score to 5-6 with an impressive, if wind assisted, kick from around 55 metres.

Evans took advantage of another penalty on 18 minutes, much to the disdain of the local crowd, but the ball shirked off the boos and whistles to sail through the posts. 5-9.

26 minutes in, Lionel Mazars saw yellow for a very late tackle on Danny Care, and his wet trudge to the naughty chair was followed by Evans slotting another long range kick to strengthen the London side's lead. 5-12.

Boyet made up for his earlier miss and closed the gap to just four points with 8 minutes remaining.

Only four minutes into the second half, the standing water at the Quins end fooled everyone as the ball came to a grinding halt from a Boyet kick downfield and, whilst Mike Brown aqua-planed in to touch, Sam Gerber managed to hack the ball on to run in a lucky try. The conversion was missed, but Bayonne finally regained a lead they would not relinquish. 13-12.

Quins' woes increased as on the 66th minute when Chris Robshaw was shown a yellow card and the resulting penalty made the lead more difficult to chase. 16-12.

Despite some confusion for both sides over the timing of the final whistle, the end finally came and a very wet and bedraggled Quins side, who could have been forgiven for thinking their normally flowing rugby would flourish in the Southern French sunshine, left the pitch with a valuable bonus point.

BayonneP Elhorga [capt], J Pietersen, S Gerber, L Mazars (G Ziegler 79), J Peyras Loustalet, B Boyet (S Fauque 58), C Garcia, A Iguiniz, D Roumieu (F Da Ros 60), T Lea'aetoa (D Avril 63), C Treloar (R Linde 60), T Flavell, D Haare, J Marmouyet, M Baget

by Sarah Butler

Scorers: T: S Gerber, J Pietersen P: B Boyet, C Garcia
Yellow Card: L Mazars (25)

HarlequinsM Brown, G Camacho, O Smith, T Casson, G Lowe, N Evans (R Clegg 50), D Care, J Marler, C Brooker (C Jones 50), J Andress, L Stevenson, P Browne, T Guest, C Robshaw [capt], N Easter

Scorers: P: N Evans (4)
Yellow Card: C Robshaw (67)

Match points: Bayonne 4pts, Harlequins 1pts
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales) Top

POOL 2Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 2

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 97 – 11 EL SALVADOR Cetransa El Salvador
Edgeley Park - Friday 8th October 2010
HT: 36-11 Attendance: 4,666

Tom Brady scored a hat-trick as Sale Sharks racked up their biggest victory in European rugby with an emphatic 97-11 win over Cetransa El Salvador.

Fergus Mulchrone also grabbed a brace as Sale beat the Spanish champions by 15 tries at Edgeley Park.

Fly-half Nick MacLeod crossed twice and kicked eight conversions to equal Charlie Hodgson's club record of 26 points in a match.

El Salvador haven't won a European tie for six years yet took shock lead through centre Jaike Carter in the fourth minute.

However three tries in the space of six minutes Sisaro Koyamaibole, MacLeod, Andy Tuilagi got Sale on course for an easy win.

Brady wrapped up a bonus point after just 21 minutes before Chris Bell and Mulchrone opened a 36-11 half-time lead.

MacLeod took just two minutes of the second half to resume the landslide with his second try and then converted Chris Brightwell's score to take Sale to the half-century mark. Ben Cohen, Chris Jones, Brady,(twice), replacement Rob Miller and Mulchrone all scored in a 14-minute blitz. Chris Leck completed the rout as Sale missed out on the century by just a penalty.

Brive is second in Pool Two behind Sale after comfortably beating Petrarca Rugby 32-6 in France.

Sale SharksN MacLeod, T Brady, C Bell, A Tuilagi (F Mulchrone 27), B Cohen, C Hodgson (R Miller 41), W Cliff (C Leck 60), L Imiolek, M Jones  [C], J Forster (S McIntyre 60), C Jones (N Briggs 65), W Lewaravu, C Brightwell, N McMillan, S Koyamaibole (S Cox 41)

Scorers: T: N MacLeod (2), B Cohen, C Jones, C Bell, A Tuilagi, S Koyamaibole, R Miller, C Leck, T Brady (3), F Mulchrone (2), C Brightwell C: N MacLeod (8), C Hodgson (3)

Cetransa El SalvadorI Davey (S Ibarra 60), E Fernandez (M Raposo 41), J Carter, J Revilla, L Gascon, U Mai, P Feijoo, A Martínez (P Murre 76), L Del Moral (D Marron 54), M Castro, V Sanchez (C Souto 48), S Souto, J Molina, A Nuñez Llorente, I Criado  [C]

Scorers: T: J Carter P: I Davey DG: I Davey
Yellow Card: M Castro (74)

Match points: Sale Sharks 5pts, Cetransa El Salvador 0pts
Referee: Cedric Marchat (France)


Brive BRIVE 32 – 6 PETRARCA RUGBYPetrarca Rugby
Stadium Municipal, Brive - Friday 8th October 2010
HT: 8-6 Attendance: 4,185


BriveS Spedding (V Waqaseduadua 15), J Caminati, G Namy, R Lespinas, M Atayi, L Orquera (B Manteaux 49), A Figuerola (S Perry 52), V Kakovin (V Laval 74), G Ribes (J Bonrepaux 49), P Barnard (P Idieder 52), T Dubarry, D Browne (J Elgoyhen 61), V Forgues, S Azoulai  [C] (V Laval 37), J Le Devedec

Scorers: T: R Lespinas, V Waqaseduadua, J Caminati, M Atayi C: J Caminati (3) P: J Caminati (2)
Yellow Card: V Kakovin (36)

Petrarca RugbyJ Sanchez, N Borgato (F Faggiotto 50), R Bertetti, A Chillon, W Spragg, T Walsh, A Chillon, C Fazzari (C Caporello 52), N Gatto (A Costa Repetto 47), D Chistolini, M Tveraga, D Fletcher (M Sutto 64), N Bezzati  [C], N Galatro (S Palmer 47), Z Ansell (C Caporello 47)

Scorers: P: T Walsh DG: T Walsh
Yellow Cards – C Fazzari (36), M Sutto (74)

Match points: Brive 5pts, Petrarca Rugby 0pts
Referee: David Jones (Wales)


POOL 3Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 3

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 22 – 16 BOURGOINBourgoin
Kingston Park Stadium - Thursday 7th October 2010
HT: 12-6 Attendance: 3,887

uke Eves put in a powerhouse performance to guide Newcastle Falcons to a much needed victory over Bourgoin in Pool 3.

Last season's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finalists had only won once in five domestic outings so far this season, but they weathered early and late storms to get their European campaign off to a winning start.

Eves made 13 carries during the match and terrorised the Bourgoin defence in the first half especially. His performance earned him the Amlin man of the match verdict from former British & Irish Lions and Scotland legend Scott Hastings.

More importantly, he helped put the Falcons on the right road in one of the toughest Pools in the tournament. Next week they have to travel to France to meet high-flying Montpellier before meeting English rivals Exeter Chiefs back-to-back in rounds three and four.

Bourgoin held the upper hand in the opening exchanges and led 6-0 after 10 minutes thanks to the reliable boot of outside half Sebastien Laloo. But his opposite number, Jeremy Manning, changed the momentum of the another game midway through the first-half.

Moments after missing a penalty Manning rounded off a sweeping move with his first try for his new club after his summer switch from Munster. That score was followed five minutes later by another debut try.

This time it was hooker Joe Graham who marked his first start for the Falcons with a close range try that Manning converted. That completed a turn-around in the score that gave the home side a six point lead they took into the break.

Bourgoin came thundering out of the blocks at the start of the second half and almost scored from the re-start before a knock-on prevented scrum half Mickael Campeggia from claiming a try.

A Manning penalty stretched the home lead and sparked a sustained period of pressure than culminated with a third try from right wing Keith Fielden. Manning's 18-year-old replacement, Joel Hodgson, added the conversion to make it 22-9.

But the French visitors threw everything into the final quarter and were good value for their try from a close range line-out from replacement scrum half Jeremy Gondrand. Laloo, who had added a third penalty in the 56th minute, converted and Bourgoin pressed hard for the score to level matters.

But some strong defence from the Falcons, especially one try saving tackle from replacement centre James Fitzpatrick, held their line safe and gave them a morale boosting start.

Newcastle FalconsA Tait (J Fitzpatrick 65), L Fielden, G Bobo, L Eves, C Amesbury, J Manning (J Hodgson 53), M Young (C Pilgrim 60), G Shiells (T Ryan 6), J Graham, M Ward (K Brookes 35), F Levi (T Swinson 60), G Townson, B Wilson (R Pennycook 52), M Wilson, A Hogg  [C]

Scorers: T: J Manning, J Graham, L Fielden C: J Manning, J Hodgson P: J Manning

BourgoinM Moinot (D Janin 52), B Va'aulu, W van Zyl, M Viazzo (J Coux 65), R Nasiganiyavi, S Laloo, M Campeggia  [C] (J Gondrand 63), O Milloud (E Iapteff 23), J Janaudy (J Merle 60), S Charlet (S Bougherara 48), W Jooste, A Louchard, T Cowley (C Levast 52), A Tulou, T Genevois (Y Labrit 63)

Scorers: T: J Gondrand C: S Laloo P: S Laloo (3)

Match points: Newcastle Falcons 4pts, Bourgoin 1pts
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)


Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 13 – 20 MONTPELLIER Montpellier
Sandy Park - Saturday 9th October 2010
HT: 6-13 Attendance: 5,437

Exeter's European debut did not quite live up to expectations as they slipped to a 20-13 defeat against visiting Montpellier in Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash at Sandy Park.

Tries from Dimitri Pelo and Seta Tuilevuka, plus a further ten points from fly-half Raphael Lagarde, condemned Rob Baxter's Premiership outfit to their first defeat of the season on home soil.

It was certainly a disappointing outfcome for the Devon club, who despite a strong conclusion to the game were ultimately undone by their own mistakes, as well as some streetwise tactics from the Frenchmen.

It was the Chiefs - resplendent in their new lavender jerseys - who started the brighter, being awarded a penalty. Almost immediately, though, the visitors hit back as fly-half Raphael Lagarde restored parity when the Premiership side were penalised for handling on the floor in front of their own posts.

The visitors who took the lead for the first time on 16 minutes when Dimitri Pelo collected a pass from Florian Nicot to race in under the sticks. Lagarde obliged with the extras to the touchdown before adding a second penalty on 21 minutes.

Ryan Davis atoned for an earlier miss when he landed a second penalty.

Exeter fell further behind on 43 minutes when Seta Tuilevuka cantered his way over from the 22. Lagarde duly converted to make it 20-6 to the visitors.

As Montpellier began to flag in the final quarter of the contest, so the Chiefs began to show more of their talent. With Johan Wasserman sent to the sin-bin, the Chiefs made the most of their man advantage when Slade scored by the posts. Dollman obliged with the additional two points.

Referee McPherson brandished yet more yellow cards to Santiago Fernandez and then Giorgi Chkhaidze in the final five minutes.

Exeter ChiefsP Dollman, A Higgins, P McKenzie (M Foster 66), J Matavesi, M Jess, R Davis (B Rennie 66), J Poluleuligaga (G Cowley 66), B Moon (R Murphy 47), S Alcott, C Budgen (I Elosu 60), C Bentley (J Hanks 54), D Gannon  [C], H Stupple (R Baxter 54), C Slade, D Ewers

Scorers: T: C Slade C: P Dollman P: R Davis (2)
Yellow Card: P Dollman (35)

MontpellierJ Alcalde (A Tomas 75), D Pelo, S Tuilevuka (A Pratmarty 65), F Nicot, Q Doumayrou, R Lagarde (S Fernandez 66), B Paillaugue (J Vallée 71), G Shvelidze (N Leleimalefaga 54), J Caudullo (F Rofes 52), K Kervarec (M Giudicelli 60), G Uva, M Macurdy (M Giraud 49), V Bost  [C], J Wasserman, G Chkhaidze

Scorers: T: D Pelo, S Tuilevuka C: R Lagarde (2) P: R Lagarde (2)
Yellow Cards: J Wasserman (65), S Fernandez (74), G Chkhaidze (78)

Match points: Exeter Chiefs 1pts, Montpellier 4pts
Referee: Andrew Macpherson (Scotland)


POOL 4Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 4

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 57 – 6 CROCIATI RUGBYCrociati Rugby
Stade Charléty - Thursday 7th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 6,523

Ollie Phillips ran in two tries as Stade Français Paris gave new coach Michael Cheika a European boost at Stade Charléty.

The Parisians ran in nine tries as they brushed aside the spirited Italians side I Crociati Rugby. The minnows found themselves 26-3 adrift at the break and then shipped a further 31 points after the break before finally losing 57-6.

All the home tries came from their potent back division and Phillips' fellow wing Martin Rodriguez also grabbed two tries.

Cheika's last two European campaigns saw him steer Leinster to their first Heineken Cup title in 2009 and the semi-finals last season. Now he has his eyes fixed firmly on more Euro glory with his new team in Pool 4.

As well as nine tries, Stade also had six conversions from their South African scrum half Noel Oeshig.

Stade FrancaisH Southwell (J Arias 45), M Rodriguez, G Bousses, B Liebenberg (J Haskell 76), O Phillips, J Plisson (A Burban 69), N Oelschig, R Roncero (R Slimani 19), L Sempere (R Bonfils 59), A Joly (D Weber 56), A Marchois, T Palmer (D Wright 55), M Bergamasco, P Rabadan  [C], H Briatte

Scorers: T: G Bousses, H Southwell, B Liebenberg, O Phillips (2), M Rodriguez (2), B Tardy, J Plisson C: N Oelschig (6)

Crociati RugbyR Trevisan, M Tobia (E Passera 72), T Iannone, S Damiani  [C], T Woodman, M Anversa (E Passera 45), J Ireland (M Frati 62), A Lovotti (F Pepoli 72), D Giazzon (M Saccomani 69), M Coletti (I Scarparo 47), D Sigg, m minari (G Boggiani 69), D Delnevo, F Ferrarini, U Kolo'ofai

Scorers: P: M Anversa, T Iannone

Match points: Stade Français Paris 5pts, Crociati Rugby 0pts
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)


Bucharest Oaks BUCHAREST OAKS 9 – 23 LEEDS CARNEGIE Leeds Carnegie
Arcul de Triumf - Saturday 9th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 794

Leeds Carnegie secured a hard earned 23-9 victory over Bucharest Oaks to get their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign off to a winning start.

The Leeds fell behind after just six minutes when full back Florin Vlaicu kicked a penalty from 25 metres out.

To their credit, the home side played the conditions perfectly. They kicked intelligently to the corners and made Leeds attack from deep in the wet and slippery weather. The home side pack sensed a chance to get over for an opening try as they tried to batter their way over the line but  just as a try seemed likely, centre Csaba Gal knocked on under the shadow of the posts. The French referee however pulled play back for offside and Vlaciu had a simple chance to double his sides lead after 25 minutes.

Leeds lost Jacob Rowan after 31 minutes when the back row suffered a leg injury. The introduction of Daniel Browne brought a direct approach to the Leeds attack and they eventually got their reward when an eight man shove at a scrum 20 metres from the Bucharest line, after the home side had had the put in, earned Carnegie a penalty within kicking range. Christian Lewis-Pratt stepped up to half the deficit after 38 minutes.

Eventually the pressure had to tell and it resulted in hooker Andrei Radoi being sin binned after the latest indiscretion. Leeds knew they had to take advantage and they did within a minute when they elected for another scrum from a subsequent penalty and, when that collapsed once again, the referee had no option but to award the penalty try. Lewis-Pratt added the conversion to give his side the lead for the first time at 13-6.

In injury time Vlaicu added his second penalty of the game, which looked like earning a well deserved losing bonus point for the Romanian side. However, with the final play of the game Henry Fa'afili cut through the Bucharest defence from 15 metres out and powered his way over. Thomas added the conversion to make the final score 23-9.

Bucharest OaksF Vlaicu, M Lemnaru, I Cazan (C Gheara 59), C Gal Minya, C Fercu, M Sarbu (C Nicolae 42), V Calafeteanu (F Surugiu 71), M Dico (V Badalicescu 56), A Radoi (C Beca 71), N Nere (P Tamba 56), V Popirlan, D Lazar (A Valcu 26), S Burcea, D Ianus (A Valcu 64), D Carpo  [C]

Scorers: P: F Vlaicu (3)
Yellow Cards: A Radoi (54), C Fercu (71)

Leeds CarnegieL Hinton, M Stephenson, J Tincknell, L Burrell (O Denton 75), H Fa'afili, C Lewis - Pratt (C Thomas 71), W Fury (A Black 78), G Hardy (M MacDonald 64), P Nilsen, M Alonso (J Moreno Rodriquez 64), T Denton, S Hohneck  [C] (J Craig 48), K Myall, J Rowan (D Browne 31), R Oakley

Scorers: T: H Fa'afili, PT:(1) C: C Thomas, C Lewis - Pratt P: C Thomas, C Lewis - Pratt (2)

Match points: Bucharest Oaks 0pts, Leeds Carnegie 4pts
Referee: Laurent Cardona (France)


POOL 5Amlin Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Agen AGEN 26 – 19 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby
Stade Armandie - Friday 8th October 2010

Opeti Fonua scored twice for Agen as the French side completed an emphatic turnaround to beat Gloucester at the Stade Alfred Armandie.

The Cherry and Whites looked on course for a valuable draw with the scores levelled before the Tongan No8 crashed over for his second try on the stroke of full time.

Gloucester had lead 13-3 at the break but Agen fought their way back into the game in the second half, the visitors struggling with the loss of two players to the sin bin.

Gloucester started the brighter, Nicky Robinson kicking his side ahead with two penalties while his opposite number Valentin Courrent was only successful with his third attempt at goal.

Robinson's boot then gave Gloucester a good platform inside the Agen twenty-two and Scotland hooker Scott Lawson scampered over from close range for the first try of the evening.

Courrent kicked his second penalty after Peter Buxton was sin binned ten minutes into the second half and the loss of the back-row forward left Gloucester undermanned upfront and Fonua capitalised, scoring after 54 minutes.

Courrent converted to level the scores 13-13 and added a penalty before trading penalties with Robinson to leave the scores locked with a minute remaining.

But Mike Tindall was sin binned for a dangerous tackle and Fonua settled the tie with his late burst.

AgenF Cazeaux, S Vaka (J Pelesasa 74), J Robinson, B Petre, R Kolinisau, V Courrent, A Bales, A Nnomo (M Moala 57), J Narjissi, G Muller (K Kouider 60), L Fa'aoso, D Lagrange, J Monribot  [C] (J O'Sullivan 60), U Fono (T Lassale 67), O Fonua

Scorers: T: O Fonua (2) C: V Courrent (2) P: V Courrent (4)

Gloucester RugbyO Morgan (J Simpson-Daniel 55), C Sharples, H Trinder, M Tindall  [C], T Voyce, N Robinson, D Lewis (J Pasqualin 60), A Dickinson (N Wood 55), S Lawson (O Azam 60), P Doran-Jones (P Capdevielle 74), D Attwood (W James 29), J Hamilton, P Buxton (A Strokosch 67), A Qera, L Narraway

Scorers: T: S Lawson C: N Robinson P: N Robinson (4)
Yellow Cards: P Buxton (53), M Tindall (74)

Match points: Agen 4pts, Gloucester Rugby 1pts
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)


Femi CZ Rugby RovigoFEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGO 3 – 38 LA ROCHELLE La Rochelle
Stadio Mario Battaglini - Saturday 9th October 2010
HT: 16-25 Attendance: 500


Femi CZ Rugby RovigoS Basson, M Stanojevic (F Zarattini 58), A Lunardon, M De Gasperi, A Zorzi (A Bacchetti 68), G Bustos, M Zanirato, R Dolcetto (N Quaglio 48), L Mahoney  [C] (F Damiano 72), M Ravalle (G Boccalon 30), T Reato, J Montauriol, A Persico, Y Anouer, A Guzman (N Badocchi 62)

Scorers: P: G Bustos
Yellow Cards: Y Anouer (34), F Damiano (76)

La RochelleS Boboul (R Lacoste 55), M Le Bourhis, T Combezou, G Devade, F Ninard, B Dambielle, D Neveu (B Ferrou 55), A Bordoy (L Simutoga 58), K Leguen (F Pani 41), J Garcia (S Clement 48), R Mohr  [C] (J Grobler 58), G Souvent, Q D'Aram de Valada, P Som (N Djebaili 63), T Soucaze

Scorers: T: F Pani, B Ferrou, Q D'Aram de Valada, G Devade, F Ninard, PT:(1) C: B Dambielle (4)

Match points: Femi-CZ Rovigo 0pts, La Rochelle 5pts

Referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales)


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