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EPCR Round 4

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 1

Castres OlympiqueCASTRES 22 - 10 ENISEI-STMEnisei STM

Stade Pierre Fabre - Friday 13 December 2019
KO: 18:00 HT: 10-10 Att: 7,957

CASTRES: 15 Julien Dumora 14 Geoffrey Palis 13 Thomas Combezou 12 Robert Ebersohn 11 Taylor Paris 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta 9 Rory Kockott 1 Wayan de Benedittis 2 Kevin Firmin 3 Wilfrid Hounkpatin 4 Loic Jacquet 5 RODRIGO CAPO ORTEGA (C) 6 Anthony Jelonch 7 Camille Gerondeau 8 Alex Tulou BENCH: 16 Jody Jenneker 17 Alexis Decaux 18 Matthew Tierney 19 Victor Moreaux 20 Maama Vaipulu 21 Jérémy Fernandez 22 Thomas Fortunel 23 Julien Caminati

SCORERS T: Palis (2), Tulou, Fernandez C: Dumora Yellow Card Capo Ortega, Vaipulu

ENISEI: 15 Earll Douwrie 14 Davit Meskhi 13 David Kacharava 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Aleksandr Budychenko 9 Alexey Shcherban 1 Nika Khatiashvili 2 Shamil Magomedov 3 Innokentiy Zykov 4 ULDIS SAULITE (C) 5 Evgeny Elgin 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze 7 Nikolozi Sukhashvili 8 Jeremy Jordaan BENCH: 16 Stanislav Selskii 17 Ewald Westhuizen 18 Azat Musin 19 James Brown 20 Aleksei Tseitsin 21 Konstantin Uzunov 22 Gordon Dean 23 Andrey Temnov

SCORERS T: Douwrie C: Douwrie P: Douwrie Yellow Card Saulite, van der Westhuizen, Shcherban

Referee: Ian Tempest Asst Referees: Simon McConnell, John Meredith

 

Dragons DRAGONS 25 - 16 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Rodney Parade - Friday 13 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 13-9 Att: 4,037

DRAGONS: 15 Will Talbot-Davies 14 Owen Jenkins 13 Adam Warren 12 Jack Dixon 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Sam Davies 9 RHODRI WILLIAMS (C) 1 Brok Harris 2 Elliot Dee 3 Leon Brown 4 Joe Davies 5 Matthew Screech 6 Cory Hill 7 Ollie Griffiths 8 Aaron Wainwright BENCH: 16 Richard Hibbard 17 Joshua Reynolds 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Max Williams 20 Harrison Keddie 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Jacob Botica 23 Tyler Morgan

SCORERS T: Warren C: Sam Davies P: Sam Davies (6) Yellow Card Hewitt, Harris

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Ashley Beck 12 Jono Lance 11 Tom Howe 10 Duncan Weir 9 Francois Hougaard 1 Callum Black 2 NIAL ANNETT (C) 3 Nick Schonert 4 Anton Bresler 5 Graham Kitchener 6 Ted Hill 7 Sam Lewis 8 Cornell Du Preez BENCH: 16 Isaac Miller 17 Ethan Waller 18 Richard Palframan 19 Justin Clegg 20 GJ van Velze 21 Michael Heaney 22 Noah Heward 23 Nick David

SCORERS T: Howe C: Weir P: Weir (3) Yellow Card du Preez Red Card Waller

Referee: Ludovic Cayre Asst Referees: Julien Castaignede, Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 2

London IrishLONDON IRISH 20 - 26 RC TOULONToulon

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-19 Att: 3,007

IRISH: 15 Theo Brophy Clews 14 Curtis Rona 13 Tom Stephenson 12 Terrence Hepetema 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ben Meehan 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi 2 Saia Fainga'a 3 Oliver Hoskins 4 RUAN BOTHA (C) 5 Adam Coleman 6 Steve Mafi 7 Ben Donnell 8 Albert Tuisue BENCH: 16 Motu Matu'u 17 Allan Dell 18 Lovejoy Chawatama 19 Barney Maddison 20 George Nott 21 Rory Brand 22 Tom Fowlie 23 Phil Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Tuisue, Maddison C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson (2) Yellow Card Botha, Hepetema

TOULON: 15 Bryce Heem 14 Masivesi Dakuwaqa 13 Julian Savea 12 Anthony Belleau 11 Gervais Cordin 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Serin 1 Bruce Devaux 2 ANTHONY ETRILLARD (C) 3 Beka Gigashvili 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Romain Taofifenua 6 Liam Messam 7 Charles Ollivon 8 Sergio Parisse BENCH: 16 Bastien Soury 17 Jean Baptiste Gros 18 Sébastien Taofifenua 19 Daniel Ikpefan 20 Stéphane Onambele 21 Ben Te'o 22 Yoann Cottin 23 Swan Rebbadj

SCORERS T: Dakuwaqa, Serin C: Belleau, Carbonel P: Belleau (4) Yellow Card Onambele

Referee: Marius Mitrea Asst Referees: Federico Vedovelli, Federico Boraso

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 46 - 5 BAYONNEBayonne

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 11-0 Att: 6,257

SCARLETS: 15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Ryan Conbeer 13 Corey Baldwin 12 STEFF HUGHES (C) 11 Steff Evans 10 Angus O'Brien 9 Gareth Davies 1 Wyn Jones 2 Ryan Elias 3 Javan Sebastian 4 Jake Ball 5 Sam Lousi 6 Lewis Rawlins 7 Jac Morgan 8 Uzair Cassiem BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Rob Evans 18 Werner Kruger 19 Danny Drake 20 Ed Kennedy 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Dan Jones 23 Paul Asquith

SCORERS T: Conbeer, Elias, Hardy (2), O’Brien, Halfpenny C: Halfpenny (5) P: Halfpenny (2)

BAYONNE: 15 Julien Tisseron 14 Remy Baget 13 Alofa Alofa 12 Malietoa Hingano 11 Sean Robinson 10 Manuel Ordas 9 MANU SAUBUSSE (C) 1 Aretz Iguiniz 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld 3 Census Johnston 4 Pieter Jan Van Lill 5 Edwin Maka 6 Arnaud Duputs 7 Baptiste Heguy 8 Ioane Iashagashvili BENCH: 16 Ismael Martin 17 Swan Cormenier 18 Luc Mousset 19 Bastien Bergounioux 20 Benjamin Collet 21 Aymeric Luc 22 Brandon Fajardo 23 Guillaume Martocq

SCORERS T: Tisseron

Referee: Sam Grove-White Asst Referees: Finlay Brown, Ian Kenny TMO: Andrew McMenemy

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 3

Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX- BÈGLES 33 - 6 AGENAgen

Stade Chaban Delmas - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 14-6 Att: 12,233

BORDEAUX: 15 Santiago Cordero 14 Geoffrey Cros 13 Semi Radradra 12 Seta Tamanivalu 11 Blair Connor 10 Ben Botica 9 Yann Lesgourgues 1 Thierry Paiva 2 Clement Maynadier 3 Vadim Cobilas 4 Kane Douglas 5 JANDRÉ MARAIS (C) 6 Cameron Woki 7 Beka Gorgadze 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Adrien Pélissié 17 Laurent Delboulbès 18 Lasha Tabidze 19 Cyril Cazeaux 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Baptiste Germain 22 Matthieu Jalibert 23 Ulupano Seuteni

SCORERS T: Tamanivalu, Cordero, Maynadier, Gorgadze, Germain C: Botica (3), Jalibert

AGEN: 15 Loris Tolot 14 Benito Masilevu 13 Johann Sadie 12 Jordan Puletua 11 Valentin Saurs 10 Leo Berdeu 9 Xavier Chauveau 1 Giorgi Tetrashvili 2 Clément Martinez 3 Walter Desmaison 4 Adrian Motoc 5 Pierce Phillips 6 Aurélien Ricart 7 Andrés Zafra Tarazona 8 ROMAIN BRIATTE (C) BENCH: 16 Loris Zarantonello 17 Malino Vanai 18 Alex Burin 19 Sacha Yahi 20 Gauthier Maravat 21 Hugo Verdu 22 Raphaël Lagarde 23 Mathieu Lamoulie

SCORERS P: Berdeu (2)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys Asst Referees: Dean Richards, Steve Lee TMO: David Grashoff

 

WaspsWASPS 7 - 9 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Ricoh Arena - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-3 Att: 7,146

WASPS: 15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Marcus Watson 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Lima Sopoaga 9 Will Porter 1 Ben Harris 2 Tommy Taylor 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 4 Tim Cardall 5 Charlie Matthews 6 Ashley Johnson 7 THOMAS YOUNG (C) 8 Nizaam Carr BENCH: 16 Gabriel Oghre 17 Tom West 18 Bi Alo 19 Theo Vukašinović 20 Ben Morris 21 Sam Wolstenholme 22 Jacob Umaga 23 Juan De Jongh

SCORERS T: Carr C: Sopoaga Yellow Card Sopoaga

EDINBURGH: 15 Damien Hoyland 14 Darcy Graham 13 James Johnstone 12 George Taylor 11 Jamie Farndale 10 Simon Hickey 9 NIC GROOM (C) 1 Rory Sutherland 2 Mike Willemse 3 WP Nel 4 Sam Thomson 5 Lewis Carmichael 6 Jamie Ritchie 7 Hamish Watson 8 Viliame Mata BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Simon Berghan 19 Ben Toolis 20 Magnus Bradbury 21 Charlie Shiel 22 Jaco van der Walt 23 Mark Bennett

SCORERS P: Hickey, van der Walt (2)

Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Sébastien Minery, Jonathan Gasnier

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 4

Zebre BRIVE 24 - 10 ZEBRE RUGBY CLUBBrive

Stade Amédée-Domenech - Friday 13 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 10-3 Att: 1,800

BRIVE: 15 Rory Scholes 14 Joris Jurand 13 Nico Lee 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Sevanaia Galala 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Cody Thomas 2 Thomas Acquier 3 Luka Japaridze 4 Victor Lebas 5 Mitch Lees 6 Kitione Kamikamica 7 MATTHIEU VOISIN (C) 8 So'otala Fa'aso'o BENCH: 16 Francois Da Ros 17 Wesley Tapueluelu 18 Mesake Doge 19 Peet Marais 20 Otari Giorgadze 21 Julien Blanc 22 Stuart Olding 23 Maxence Darthou

SCORERS T: Lobzhanidze (2), Acquier C: Abzhandadze (3) P: Abzhandadze Yellow Card Galala, Lee

ZEBRE: 15 Junior Laloifi 14 Pierre Bruno 13 Jamie Elliott 12 Tommaso Boni (C) 11 Edoardo Padovani 10 Michelangelo Biondelli 9 Josh Renton 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Marco Manfredi 3 Eduardo Bello 4 Mick Kearney 5 Samuele Ortis 6 Maxime Mbanda 7 Johan Meyer 8 Jimmy Tuivaiti BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Daniele Rimpelli 18 Alexandru Tarus 19 George Biagi 20 Lorenzo Masselli 21 Marcello Violi 22 Paula Balekana 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS P: Biondelli Yellow Card Tuivaiti

Referee: Sean Gallagher Asst Referees: George Clancy, John Carvill

 

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 16 - 18 BRISTOL BEARSBristol Bears

Stade Jean Bouin - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 10-8 Att: 2,000

PARIS: 15 Sione Tui 14 Sefa Naivalu 13 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu 12 Alex Arrate 11 Adrien Lapègue 10 Nicolas Sanchez 9 James Hall 1 Sami Mavinga 2 Tolu Latu 3 Giorgi Melikidze 4 Hugh Pyle 5 MATHIEU DE GIOVANNI (C) 6 Pablo Matera 7 Ryan Chapuis 8 Charlie Francoz BENCH: 16 Laurent Panis 17 Thierry Feuteu 18 Paul Alo Emile 19 Yoann Maestri 20 Sekou Macalou 21 Arthur Coville 22 Joris Segonds 23 Jonathan Danty

SCORERS T: Nayacalevu C: Sánchez P: Sánchez (2). Segonds Yellow Card Matera

BEARS: 15 Mat Protheroe 14 Alapati Leiua 13 Piers O'Conor 12 Sam Bedlow 11 Toby Fricker 10 Callum Sheedy 9 Nick Stirzaker 1 Jake Woolmore 2 Will Capon 3 Max Lahiff 4 Ed Holmes 5 Joe Joyce 6 CHRIS VUI (C) 7 Jake Heenan 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 James Lay 18 Nicky Thomas 19 John Hawkins 20 Luke Hamilton 21 Andy Uren 22 Ioan Lloyd 23 Luke Morahan

SCORERS T: Capon, Thacker C: Sheedy P: Sheedy (2)

Referee: Andrea Piardi Asst Referees: Gianluca Gnecchi, Matteo Liperini TMO: Stefano Penne

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 4 Pool 5

Cammi CalvisanoRUGBY CALVISANO 13 - 20 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Pata Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 14:30 HT: 3-8 Att: 2,500

CALVISANO: 15 Kayle van Zyl 14 Simone Balocchi 13 Giacomo De Santis 12 Facundo Panceyra-Garrido 11 Marco Susio 10 Paolo Pescetto 9 Fabio Semenzato 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 GABRIELE MORELLI (C) 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 4 Davide Zanetti 5 Gabriele Venditti 6 Matteo Archetti 7 Nardo Casolari 8 Samu Vunisa BENCH: 16 Matteo Luccardi 17 Antonio Barducci 18 Dante Gavrilita 19 Mike van Vuren 20 Andrea Martani 21 Nicolò Casilio 22 Alessandro Izekor 23 Damiano Mazza

SCORERS T: Panceyra-Garrido C: Casilio P: Pescetto (2) Yellow Card Venditti Red Card Zanetti

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Freddie Steward 13 Joe Thomas 12 Noel Reid 11 Andy Forsyth 10 Tom Hardwick 9 SAM HARRISON (C) 1 Facundo Gigena 2 Charlie Clare 3 Joe Heyes 4 Tomas Lavanini 5 Calum Green 6 Sam Lewis 7 Guy Thompson 8 Sione Kalamafoni BENCH: 16 Jimmy Stevens 17 Greg Bateman 18 Nephi Leatigaga 19 Will Spencer 20 Jordan Taufua 21 Ben White 22 Johnny McPhillips 23 George Worth

SCORERS T: Steward, Forsyth, Leatigaga C: Hardwick P: Hardwick Yellow Card Bateman, Lavanini

Referee: Thomas Charabas Asst Referees: Vivien Praderie, Adrien Marbot

 

PauPAU 34 - 29 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Stade du Hameau - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 24-7 Att: 3,724

PAU: 15 Ben Smith 14 Bastien Pourailly 13 Pierre Nueno 12 Atila Septar 11 Julien Fumat 10 Tom Taylor 9 Thibault Daubagna 1 Geoffrey Moise 2 QUENTIN LESPIAUCQ BRETTES (C) 3 Mohamed Boughanmi 4 Baptiste Pesenti 5 Denis Marchois 6 Antoine Erbani 7 Giovanni Habel Kuffner 8 Luke Whitelock BENCH: 16 Rayne Barka 17 Lucas Pointud 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi 19 Fabrice Metz 20 Martin Puech 21 Clovis Lebail 22 Thibault Debaes 23 Vincent Pinto

SCORERS T: Boughanmi, Moïse, Nueno, Pourailly, Pesenti C: Taylor (3) P: Le Bail Yellow Card Taylor, Pointud, Kueffner

BLUES: 15 Matthew Morgan 14 Owen Lane 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Ben Thomas 11 Josh Adams 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Tomos Williams 1 Rhys Gill 2 Kirby Myhill 3 Scott Andrews 4 Filo Paulo 5 Josh Turnbull 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes 7 Olly Robinson 8 WILL BOYDE (C) BENCH: 16 Liam Belcher 17 Corey Domachowski 18 Kieron Assiratti 19 James Ratti 20 Alun Lawrence 21 Lloyd Williams 22 Jason Tovey 23 Hallam Amos

SCORERS T: Lane (3), Amos C: Evans, Tovey (2) P: Tovey

Referee: Tom Foley Asst Referees: Jack Makepeace, Jonathan Healy

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† Match rescheduled from Friday night for waterlogged pitch


EPCR Round 3

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 1

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 34 - 28 DRAGONSDragons

Sixways - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-10 Att: 6,899

WARRIORS: 15 Noah Heward 14 Chris Pennell 13 Ollie Lawrence 12 Ryan Mills 11 Nick David 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 Michael Heaney 1 Ryan Bower 2 Matt Moulds 3 Conor Carey 4 Andrew Kitchener 5 Justin Clegg 6 Tom Dodd 7 Matt Cox 8 GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: 16 Isaac Miller 17 Kai Owen 18 Richard Palframan 19 James Scott 20 Morgan Monks 21 Jono Kitto 22 Gareth Simpson 23 Callum Morris

SCORERS T: Mills, Heward (2), Kitto C: Shillcock (4) P: Shillcock (2)

DRAGONS: 15 Will Talbot-Davies 14 Owen Jenkins 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Tom Griffiths 11 Ashton Hewitt 10 Sam Davies 9 RHODRI WILLIAMS (C) 1 Brok Harris 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Leon Brown 4 Joe Davies 5 Matthew Screech 6 Aaron Wainwright 7 Ollie Griffiths 8 Taine Basham BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Joshua Reynolds 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Max Williams 20 Huw Taylor 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Jacob Botica 23 Adam Warren

SCORERS T: Wainwright, Rhodri Williams, Baldwin C: Sam Davies (2) P: Sam Davies (3) Red Card Basham

Referee: Marius Mitrea Asst Referees: Gianluca Gnecchi, Emanuele Tomo

 

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 12 - 28 CASTRESCastres Olympique

Kuban Stadium - Friday 06 December 2019
KO: 19:00 HT: 7-16 Att: 100

ENISEI: 15 Earll Douwrie 14 Davit Meskhi 13 Hendrik Marais 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Aleksandr Budychenko 9 Alexey Shcherban 1 Nika Khatiashvili 2 Stanislav Selskii 3 Innokentiy Zykov 4 ULDIS SAULITE (C) 5 Evgeny Elgin 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze 7 Andrey Temnov 8 Jeremy Jordaan BENCH: 16 Shamil Magomedov 17 German Davydov 18 Azat Musin 19 James Brown 20 Aleksei Tseitsin 21 Konstantin Uzunov 22 Gordon Dean 23 Maxim Gargalic

SCORERS T: Basson, Khatiashvili C: Budychenko Yellow Card Selskii, Davydov

CASTRES: 15 Julien Caminati 14 Martin Laveau 13 Florian Vialelle 12 Yann David 11 Armand Batlle 10 Thomas Fortunel 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic 1 Wayan de Benedittis 2 Jody Jenneker 3 Matthew Tierney 4 Loic Jacquet 5 Dorian Clerc 6 BAPTISTE DELAPORTE (C) 7 Camille Gerondeau 8 Maama Vaipulu BENCH: 16 Paul Sauzaret 17 Tudor Stroe 18 Karena Wihongi 19 Kevin Gimeno 20 Victor Moreaux 21 Jérémy Fernandez 22 Pierre Tatre 23 Clément Clavières

SCORERS T: Jenneker, Gerondeau, Caminati C: Radosavljevic (2) P: Radosavljevic (3) Yellow Card Battle, Jenneker, Caminati

Referee: Nika Amashukeli Asst Referees: Shota Tevzadze, Saba Abulashvili

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 2

ToulonRC TOULON 37 - 17 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Stade Félix Mayol - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 15-10 Att: 15,336

TOULON: 15 Bryce Heem 14 Ramiro Moyano Joya 13 Julien Heriteau 12 Anthony Belleau 11 Masivesi Dakuwaqa 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Serin 1 Florian Fresia 2 Christopher Tolofua 3 Beka Gigashvili 4 Swan Rebbadj 5 Brian Alainu'uese 6 CHARLES OLLIVON (C) 7 Facundo Isa 8 Sergio Parisse BENCH: 16 Bastien Soury 17 Bruce Devaux 18 Emerick Setiano 19 Julien Ory 20 Theo Dachary 21 Gervais Cordin 22 Yoann Cottin 23 Eben Etzebeth

SCORERS T: Serin (2), Moyano (2), Dakuwaqa C: Belleau (3) P: Belleau (2) Red Card Dachary

IRISH: 15 Jacob Atkins 14 Tom Fowlie 13 Bryce Campbell 12 Theo Brophy Clews 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins 10 Steve Myler 9 Scott Steele 1 Harry Elrington 2 Motu Matu'u 3 Pat Cilliers 4 Barney Maddison 5 FRANCO VAN DER MERWE (C) 6 Steve Mafi 7 Blair Cowan 8 Matt Rogerson BENCH: 16 Ross McMillan 17 Allan Dell 18 Lovejoy Chawatama 19 George Nott 20 Ben Donnell 21 TJ Ioane 22 Ben Meehan 23 Phil Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Mafi, Fowlie C: Myler (2) P: Myler Yellow Card Cilliers Red Card Ioane

Referee: Ben Whitehouse Asst Referees: Gwyn Morris, Wayne Davies TMO: Ian Davies

 

BayonneBAYONNE 11 - 19 SCARLETSScarlets

Stade Jean Dauger - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 8-13 Att: 5,957

BAYONNE: 15 Hansie Graaff 14 Remy Baget 13 Peyo Muscarditz 12 Yan Lestrade 11 Sean Robinson 10 Romain Barthélémy 9 Michael Ruru 1 Swan Cormenier 2 Maxime Lamothe 3 Census Johnston 4 Pieter Jan Van Lill 5 Adam Jaulhac 6 JEAN MONRIBOT (C) 7 Baptiste Heguy 8 Sione Tau BENCH: 16 Maxime Delonca 17 Aretz Iguiniz 18 Jean-Baptiste de Clercq 19 Edwin Maka 20 Arnaud Duputs 21 Manu Saubusse 22 Manuel Ordas 23 Julien Tisseron

SCORERS T: Ruru P: Barthélémy (2) Yellow Card Tau, Lestrade

SCARLETS: 15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Johnny McNicholl 13 STEFF HUGHES (C) 12 Paul Asquith 11 Steff Evans 10 Dan Jones 9 Kieran Hardy 1 Rob Evans 2 Ryan Elias 3 Werner Kruger 4 Steven Cummins 5 Sam Lousi 6 Uzair Cassiem 7 Joshua Macleod 8 Blade Thomson BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Phil Price 18 Javan Sebastian 19 Joshua Helps 20 Jac Morgan 21 Jonathan Evans 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Corey Baldwin

SCORERS T: Rob Evans C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (4)

Referee: Ben Blain Asst Referees: Hollie Davidson, Graeme Ormiston TMO: Neil Paterson

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 3

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 31 - 20 WASPSWasps

BT Murrayfield - Friday 06 December 2019
KO: 19:35 HT: 10-6 Att: 6,387

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Darcy Graham 13 James Johnstone 12 George Taylor 11 Duhan Van Der Merwe 10 Simon Hickey 9 Henry Pyrgos 1 Pierre Schoeman 2 STUART MCINALLY (C) 3 Simon Berghan 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Jamie Ritchie 7 Hamish Watson 8 Nick Haining BENCH: 16 Mike Willemse 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 Sam Thomson 20 Viliame Mata 21 Nic Groom 22 Jaco van der Walt 23 Damien Hoyland

SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Kinghorn, Taylor C: Hickey (4) P: Hickey

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Zach Kibirige 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Michael Le Bourgeois 11 Josh Bassett 10 Lima Sopoaga 9 DAN ROBSON (C) 1 Zurabi Zhvania 2 Tommy Taylor 3 Kieran Brookes 4 Theo Vukašinović 5 Tim Cardall 6 Jack Willis 7 Nizaam Carr 8 Sione Vailanu BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom West 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 19 Brad Shields 20 Thomas Young 21 Ashley Johnson 22 Will Porter 23 Jimmy Gopperth

SCORERS T: Willis, Carr C: Sopoaga, Gopperth P: Sopoaga (2) Yellow Card Brookes

Referee: George Clancy Asst Referees: Nigel Correll, Mark Patton

 

AgenAGEN 3 - 73 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

Stade Armandie - Friday 06 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 3-40 Att: 1,997

AGEN: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie 14 JJ Taulagi 13 Sam Vaka 12 Jordan Puletua 11 Valentin Saurs 10 Raphaël Lagarde 9 Xavier Chauveau 1 Malino Vanai 2 Fernandez Correa 3 Walter Desmaison 4 Adrian Motoc 5 Pierce Phillips 6 Gauthier Maravat 7 ROMAIN BRIATTE (C) 8 Dylan Hayes BENCH: 16 Loris Zarantonello 17 Morgan Phelipponneau 18 Corentin Chabeaudie 19 Sacha Yahi 20 Aurélien Ricart 21 Titouan Pouzoullic 22 Thomas Vincent 23 Alban Conduche

SCORERS P: Lagarde Yellow Card Motoc

BORDEAUX: 15 Nans Ducuing 14 Geoffrey Cros 13 Ulupano Seuteni 12 Seta Tamanivalu 11 Romain Buros 10 Matthieu Jalibert 9 Maxime Lucu 1 Thierry Paiva 2 Clement Maynadier 3 Lekso Kaulashvili 4 Cyril Cazeaux 5 JANDRÉ MARAIS (C) 6 Alexandre Roumat 7 Beka Gorgadze 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Adrien Pélissié 17 Laurent Delboulbès 18 Lasha Tabidze 19 Masalosalo Tutaia 20 Ian Kitwanga 21 Yann Lesgourgues 22 Ben Botica 23 Jean-Baptiste Dubié

SCORERS T: Paiva, Cros (3), Kaulashvili, Tauleigne, Tamanivalu, Jalibert, Ducuing, Buros, Dubié C: Jalibert (6), Botica (3)

Referee: Ian Tempest Asst Referees: Simon McConnell, John Meredith

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 4

Bristol BearsBRISTOL BEARS 37 - 11 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

Ashton Gate - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-8 Att: 11,120

BEARS: 15 Charles Piutau 14 Luke Morahan 13 Piers O'Conor 12 Sam Bedlow 11 Alapati Leiua 10 Ian Madigan 9 Harry Randall 1 Jake Woolmore 2 Harry Thacker 3 John Afoa 4 Dave Attwood 5 Chris Vui 6 STEVEN LUATUA (C) 7 Jake Heenan 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Will Capon 17 Jordan Lay 18 Nicky Thomas 19 Ed Holmes 20 Luke Hamilton 21 Nick Stirzaker 22 Ioan Lloyd 23 Toby Fricker

SCORERS T: Morahan, Thacker, Piutau, Fricker C: Madigan (2), Lloyd (2) P: Madigan (3)

PARIS: 15 Adrien Lapègue 14 Sefa Naivalu 13 Lionel Mapoe 12 Alex Arrate 11 Lester Etien 10 Joris Segonds 9 James Hall 1 Sami Mavinga 2 Lucas Da Silva 3 Giorgi Melikidze 4 Hugh Pyle 5 MATHIEU DE GIOVANNI (C) 6 Ryan Chapuis 7 Joketani Koroi 8 Loic Godener BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Soulemane Camara 18 Luke Tagi 19 Paul Gabrillagues 20 Pierre-Henri Azagoh 21 Clement Daguin 22 Jonathan Danty 23 Sione Tui

SCORERS T: Eben P: Segonds (2) Yellow Card Azagoh

Referee: Daniel Jones Asst Referees: Adam Jones, Kelvin Shorte

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY CLUB 27 - 24 BRIVEBrive

Pata Stadium - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: 24-3 Att: 2,000

ZEBRE: 15 Junior Laloifi 14 Paula Balekana 13 GIULIO BISEGNI (C) 12 Enrico Lucchin 11 Jamie Elliott 10 Carlo Canna 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 1 Danilo Fischetti 2 Oliviero Fabiani 3 Eduardo Bello 4 Leonard Krumov 5 George Biagi 6 Giovanni Licata 7 Johan Meyer 8 David Sisi BENCH: 16 Marco Manfredi 17 Daniele Rimpelli 18 Roberto Tenga 19 Samuele Ortis 20 Lorenzo Masselli 21 Marcello Violi 22 Michelangelo Biondelli 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: Balekana, Canna, Licata, Elliott C: Canna (2) P: Violi Yellow Card Canna, Balekana

BRIVE: 15 Rory Scholes 14 Joris Jurand 13 Guillaume Galletier 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Eneriko Buliruarua 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 9 Quentin Delord 1 Karlen Asieshvili 2 Vano Karkadze 3 Luka Japaridze 4 Jan Uys 5 VICTOR LEBAS (C) 6 Steevy Cerqueira 7 Esteban Abadie 8 So'otala Fa'aso'o BENCH: 16 Francois Da Ros 17 Cody Thomas 18 Mesake Doge 19 Richard Fourcade 20 Aymeric Tronc 21 David Delarue 22 Maxence Darthou 23 Alban Ramette

SCORERS T: Buliruarua, da Ros, Delarue C: Abzhandadze (3) P: Abzhandadze

Referee: Tom Foley Asst Referees: Jack Makepeace, Rob Warburton

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 3 Pool 5

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 59 - 7 RUGBY CALVISANOCammi Calvisano

Welford Road - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 26-7 Att: 15,073

TIGERS: 15 Freddie Steward 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Manu Tuilagi 12 Noel Reid 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Facundo Gigena 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Sam Lewis 5 Calum Green 6 Jordan Coghlan 7 Tommy Reffell 8 Sione Kalamafoni BENCH: 16 Jake Kerr 17 Nephi Leatigaga 18 Joe Heyes 19 Ifereimi Boladau 20 Guy Thompson 21 Sam Harrison 22 Tom Hardwick 23 Telusa Veainu

SCORERS T: Tuilagi, May (2), Lewis, Reffell, Thompstone, Kerr, Reid, Veainu C: Ford (4), Hardwick (3)

CALVISANO: 15 Jacopo Trulla 14 FACUNDO PANCEYRA-GARRIDO (C) 13 Giacomo De Santis 12 Damiano Mazza 11 Marco Susio 10 Paolo Pescetto 9 Nicolò Casilio 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 Matteo Luccardi 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 4 Andrea Zambonin 5 Davide Zanetti 6 Alessandro Izekor 7 Andrea Martani 8 Samu Vunisa BENCH: 16 Gabriele Morelli 17 Antonio Barducci 18 Piermaria Leso 19 Gabriele Venditti 20 Antoine Koffi 21 Federico Consoli 22 Alberto Chiesa 23 Federico Mori

SCORERS T: Cittadini C: Pescetto

Referee: Craig Evans Asst Referees: Tom Spurrier, Dai Cambourne

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 54 - 22 PAUPau

Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 28-10 Att: 4,668

BLUES: 15 Ethan Lewis 14 Matthew Morgan 13 Owen Lane 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Ben Thomas 10 Josh Adams 9 Jarrod Evans 1 Rhys Gill 2 Kirby Myhill 3 Scott Andrews 4 James Ratti 5 Josh Turnbull 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes 7 Olly Robinson 8 Tomos Williams BENCH: 16 Corey Domachowski 17 Kieron Assiratti 18 Macauley Cook 19 Alun Lawrence 20 Lloyd Williams 21 Jason Tovey 22 Hallam Amos 23 Hallam Amos

SCORERS T: Adams (3), Evans (2), Thomas, Morgan, Lane C: Evans (6), Tovey

PAU: 15 Charly Malie 14 Bastien Pourailly 13 Pierre Nueno 12 Florian Nicot 11 Atila Septar 10 Tom Taylor 9 Clovis Lebail 1 Geoffrey Moise 2 LUCAS REY (C) 3 Lourens Adriaanse 4 Julien Delannoy 5 Denis Marchois 6 Baptiste Pesenti 7 Giovanni Habel Kuffner 8 Antoine Erbani BENCH: 16 Rayne Barka 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi 18 Mohamed Boughanmi 19 Gabriel Souverbie 20 Daniel Ramsay 21 Samuel Marques 22 Thibault Debaes 23 Vincent Pinto

SCORERS T: Rey, Nueno, Marques C: Taylor, Lebail P: Taylor

Referee: Andrea Piardi Asst Referees: Manuel Bottino, Federico Vedovelli TMO: Stefano Penne

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EPCR Round 2

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Enisei STM ENISEI-STM 22 - 49 DRAGONSDragons

Kuban Stadium - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 18:00 HT: 14-14 Att: 200

THE Dragons stamped their authority on Challenge Cup Pool 1 on Friday afternoon with a comprehensive 49-22 win over Enisei-STM in Krasnodar.

Tries from Bjorn Basson and Jeremy Jordaan gave the Russian side the lead after Dragons went ahead early on through Jordan Williams, but the Welsh region responded to make it 14-14 at the interval with a crucial score from Arwel Robson, who bagged 19 points in the victory.

The second half was dominated by Dragons who piled on points in the closing stages as Ben Fry, Will Talbot-Davies, Ellis Shipp, Daf Howells and finally Tyler Morgan all crossed the whitewash. Enisei’s Davit Mekshi did score a try of his own on 71 minutes but the hosts were unable to force a fourth bonus point score in the closing stages. The five points secured by the visitors puts them top of Pool 1 with a maximum 10 points from two matches while Enisei are yet to pick up a point.

ENISEI: 15 Nikita Churashov 14 Davit Meskhi 13 Hendrik Marais 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Ramil Gaisin 9 Alexey Shcherban 1 Nika Khatiashvili 2 Stanislav Selskii 3 Innokentiy Zykov 4 ULDIS SAULITE (C) 5 Evgeny Elgin 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze 7 Andrey Temnov 8 Jeremy Jordaan BENCH: 16 Shamil Magomedov 17 Ewald Westhuizen 18 Azat Musin 19 James Brown 20 Aleksandr Budychenko 21 Konstantin Uzunov 22 Earll Douwrie 23 Maxim Gargalic

SCORERS T: Basson, Jordaan, Meskhi C: Gaisin (2) P: Gaisin Yellow Card Selskii

DRAGONS: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Daf Howells 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Tom Griffiths 11 Will Talbot-Davies 10 Arwel Robson 9 Tavis Knoyle 1 Aaron Jarvis 2 Ellis Shipp 3 Lloyd Fairbrother 4 Matthew Screech 5 Max Williams 6 Ben Fry 7 JAMES BENJAMIN (C) 8 Taine Basham BENCH: 16 Rhys Lawrence 17 Joshua Reynolds 18 Chris Coleman 19 Joe Davies 20 Huw Taylor 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Jacob Botica 23 Connor Edwards

SCORERS T: Jordan Williams, Robson, Fry, Talbot-Davies, Shipp, Howells, Morgan C: Robson (7) Yellow Card Taylor

Referee: Sam Grove-White Asst Referees: Ian Kenny, Bob Nevins

 

Castres OlympiqueCASTRES 14 - 9 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Stade Pierre Fabre - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 14-6 Att: 8,277

CASTRES Olympique continued their winning streak in Europe on home soil when they beat Worcester Warriors 17-9 in the Challenge Cup at Stade Pierre Fabre.

Ryan Mills led out the visitors to mark his 100th appearance for the club, and they got off to the best start when Duncan Weir opened the scoring for Warriors with an eighth-minute penalty. But the hosts soon assumed control, with Filipo Nakosi scoring the first try and Benjamin Urdapilleta converting. Baptiste Delaporte found a gap in the Warriors defence just before the half-hour, powering through, and Urdapilleta once again added the conversion. Weir kicked another penalty shortly afterwards as Warriors opted for points on the board rather than attempting to run it in, leaving them trailing 14-6 at the break.

That remained the tactic, with Weir scoring another penalty to open the scoring in the second half. Warriors played the last ten minutes with just 14 men after GJ van Velze was sent to the sin-bin for tackling a player off the ball, and Urdapilleta made the most of it, kicking a penalty late on after Worcester were caught offside. It was the first European meeting between the clubs – and the first time since 2007/08 that Castres have beaten English opposition in the Challenge Cup.

CASTRES: 15 Geoffrey Palis 14 Filipo Nakosi 13 Thomas Combezou 12 Robert Ebersohn 11 Taylor Paris 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta 9 Rory Kockott 1 Antoine Tichit 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier 3 Karena Wihongi 4 Christophe Samson 5 RODRIGO CAPO ORTEGA (C) 6 Baptiste Delaporte 7 Camille Gerondeau 8 Alex Tulou BENCH: 16 Jody Jenneker 17 Paea Fa'anunu 18 Wilfrid Hounkpatin 19 Kevin Gimeno 20 Maama Vaipulu 21 Jérémy Fernandez 22 Armand Batlle 23 Julien Dumora

SCORERS T: Nakosi, Delaporte C: Urdapilleta (2)

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Francois Venter 12 RYAN MILLS (C) 11 Ed Fidow 10 Duncan Weir 9 Michael Heaney 1 Ethan Waller 2 Niall Annett 3 Conor Carey 4 Anton Bresler 5 Graham Kitchener 6 Ted Hill 7 Sam Lewis 8 Cornell Du Preez BENCH: 16 Matt Moulds 17 Callum Black 18 Nick Schonert 19 Justin Clegg 20 GJ van Velze 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Ollie Lawrence 23 Jamie Shillcock

SCORERS P: Weir (3) Yellow Card van Velze

Referee: Sean Gallagher Asst Referees: Nigel Correll, John Carvill TMO: Leo Colgan

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 2

ToulonRC TOULON 17 - 16 SCARLETSScarlets

Stade Félix Mayol - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 10-7 Att: 10,212

ANTHONY Belleau was RC Toulon’s hero as he kicked a last-gasp conversion to leave Scarlets with only a losing bonus point to show from a thrilling 89-minute European Rugby Challenge Cup tie between Pool 2’s leading two teams on Friday.

Toulon were 10-7 ahead at the break, having taken the lead in the ninth minute, when a cross-kick found right wing Gervais Cordin, who touched down for a try that Belleau converted. But within five minutes Scarlets were level, after full-back Johnny McNicholl pulled off a brilliant interception try, which Lamb converted. Belleau then nudged Toulon ahead at the break with a 31st minute penalty and it was the centre who was to prove Scarlets’ nemesis at the end.

Despite being reduced to 14 men on the stroke of half-time after a red card for lock Tevita Ratuva, the Welsh region led 16-10 going into the dying seconds of the match following a superb second-half display, which brought penalties for Ryan Lamb and Dan Jones, who also dropped a goal. However, the pressure of being a man light finally told in the eighth minute of stoppage time, when Toulon’s backs and forwards combined to maul their way over the line 10 metres in from touch. No.8 Liam Messam was credited with the try and up stepped centre Belleau to land the ultimate pressure kick, albeit with the help of a post.

TOULON: 15 Bryce Heem 14 Gervais Cordin 13 Ben Te'o 12 Anthony Belleau 11 Daniel Ikpefan 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Serin 1 Jean Baptiste Gros 2 ANTHONY ETRILLARD (C) 3 Emerick Setiano 4 Swan Rebbadj 5 Mamuka Gorgodze 6 Thomas Hoarau 7 Charles Ollivon 8 Liam Messam BENCH: 16 Bastien Soury 17 Sébastien Taofifenua 18 Beka Gigashvili 19 Corentin Vernet 20 Theo Dachary 21 Julien Heriteau 22 Louis Schreuder 23 Sergio Parisse

SCORERS T: Cordin, Messam C: Belleau (2) P: Belleau

SCARLETS: 15 Johnny McNicholl 14 Corey Baldwin 13 STEFF HUGHES (C) 12 Kieron Fonotia 11 Steff Evans 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Dane Blacker 1 Rob Evans 2 Ryan Elias 3 Samson Lee 4 Tevita Ratuva 5 Juandré Kruger 6 Aaron Shingler 7 Joshua Macleod 8 Blade Thomson BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Phil Price 18 Javan Sebastian 19 Joshua Helps 20 Uzair Cassiem 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Dan Jones 23 Morgan Williams

SCORERS T: McNicholl C: Lamb P: Lamb, Dan Jones DG: Dan Jones Red Card Ratuva

Referee: Tom Foley Asst Referees: Jack Makepeace, Phil Watters TMO: Stuart Terheege

 

London IrishLONDON IRISH 45 - 31 BAYONNEBayonne

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 31-24 Att: 2,632

LONDON Irish finished on top against Bayonne in a high-scoring Challenge Cup match, winning 45-31 at the Madejski Stadium. And with seven tries on the board, the hosts grabbed themselves a bonus point to add to their tally in Pool 2.

Bayonne may have been disappointed with the result overall – but will be pleased with the five tries they scored themselves to win a bonus point of their own. It was a thrilling, fast-paced first half, with Bayonne scoring first courtesy of Arthur Duhau’s try, run nicely into the corner, and Brandon Fajardo’s conversion. The Exiles closed the gap through Alivereti Veitokani’s short-range sprint over the line, but Toma Taufa extended the lead once more with Fajardo adding the extra two points. Irish stayed in contention as Paddy Jackson made up for missing his first conversion chance with a 25th-minute try –his first for the club– which he converted himself. Still Bayonne were pressing forward, with another try from Duhau and one from Mat Luamanu, neither of which Fajardo could convert. His opposite number Jackson was having better luck, converting tries from Albert Tuisue and Tom Stephenson, but missed the opportunity after Terrence Hepetema’s effort shortly before half-time. Nevertheless, the hosts went in at the break 31-24 up.

Saia Fainga’a added a try shortly after the break from a rolling maul, and Ben Meehan got himself on the scoresheet five minutes later, with Jackson’s boot proving accurate with both conversions. Luamanu closed the gap a little just after the hour mark with his second try of the afternoon, but again Fajardo could not secure the extra points. It was a reassuring win for London Irish, who had lost three of their last four ties at home in the competition.

IRISH: 15 Alivereti Veitokani 14 Curtis Rona 13 Tom Stephenson 12 Terrence Hepetema 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Ben Meehan 1 Harry Elrington 2 Saia Fainga'a 3 Lovejoy Chawatama 4 FRANCO VAN DER MERWE (C) 5 Ruan Botha 6 Matt Rogerson 7 Conor Gilsenan 8 Albert Tuisue BENCH: 16 Ross McMillan 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi 18 Oliver Hoskins 19 Barney Maddison 20 Steve Mafi 21 Isaac Curtis-Harris 22 Nick Phipps 23 Tom Parton

SCORERS T: Veitokani, Jackson, Tuisue, Stephenson, Hepetema, Fainga’a, Meehan C: Jackson (5)

BAYONNE: 15 Julien Tisseron 14 Maile Mamao 13 Alofa Alofa 12 PEYO MUSCARDITZ (C) 11 Arthur Duhau 10 Brandon Fajardo 9 Guillaume Rouet 1 Aretz Iguiniz 2 Maxime Delonca 3 Toma Taufa 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Edwin Maka 6 Sione Tau 7 Tom Darlet 8 Mat Luamanu BENCH: 16 Maxime Lamothe 17 Viliamu Afatia 18 Luc Mousset 19 Antoine Battut 20 Ioane Iashagashvili 21 Manu Saubusse 22 Manuel Ordas 23 Yan Lestrade

SCORERS T: Duhau (2), Taufa, Luamanu (2) C: Fajardo (3) Yellow Card Tisseron

Referee: Joy Neville Asst Referees: Jonny Erskine, Richard Kerr

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 3

EdinburghEDINBURGH 16 - 16 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

BT Murrayfield Stadium - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 19:35 HT: 13-6 Att: 5,432

A late penalty from Bordeaux-Bègles captain Matthieu Jalibert snatched a dramatic draw for the French side in their top-of-the table clash with Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield in Pool 3 on Friday.

Fly-half Jaco van der Walt had nudged the Scottish side 6-0 ahead with penalties in the 15th and 27th minutes, before full-back Blair Kinghorn sprinted clear after a turnover and excellent hands from centres Matt Scott and Mark Bennett in the 34th minute. The homeside ran into the break a comfortable 13-6 up.

In the second half, van der Walt converted and pushed Edinburgh 16-6 ahead with his third penalty of the match in the 50th minute. However, centre Semi Radradra launched the Bordeaux comeback in the 58th minute, when he slipped through a couple of tackles en route to the line, following a great burst by replacement prop Ravai Kovekalou. Van der Walt struck with two minutes on the clock to crown a fine second-half fightback from Bordeaux, but a final penalty was gifted for Jalibert to convert to equalise and denied Edinburgh victory at the death.

EDINBURGH: 15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Eroni Sau 13 Mark Bennett 12 Matt Scott 11 Duhan van der Merwe 10 Jaco van der Walt 9 HENRY PYRGOS (C) 1 Pierre Schoeman 2 Mike Willemse 3 Pietro Ceccarelli 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Magnus Bradbury 7 Luke Crosbie 8 Viliame Mata BENCH: 16 Cameron Fenton 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Simon Berghan 19 Murray Douglas 20 John Barclay 21 Charlie Shiel 22 Simon Hickey 23 George Taylor

SCORERS T: Kinghorn C: van der Walt P: van der Walt (3)

BORDEAUX: 15 Romain Buros 14 Santiago Cordero 13 Semi Radradra 12 Ulupano Seuteni 11 Blair Connor 10 MATTHIEU JALIBERT (C) 9 Maxime Lucu 1 Thierry Paiva 2 Adrien Pélissié 3 Lekso Kaulashvili 4 Kane Douglas 5 Alexandre Flanquart 6 Beka Gorgadze 7 Cameron Woki 8 Scott Higginbotham BENCH: 16 Clément Renaud 17 Ravai Kovekalou 18 Zakaria El Fakir 19 Jandré Marais 20 Marco Tauleigne 21 Jules Gimbert 22 Ben Botica 23 Seta Tamanivalu

SCORERS T: Radradra C: Jalibert P: Jalibert (3)

Referee: Christophe Ridley Asst Referees: Adam Leal, Peter Allan

 

WaspsWASPS 32 - 14 AGENAgen

Ricoh Arena - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-7 Att: 7,594

WASPS enjoyed a convincing victory against Agen in the Challenge Cup, wrapping up a bonus point with a 32-14 triumph at the Ricoh Arena.

In an even first half, Agen made the first breakthrough, Loris Tolot racing down the left wing to cross the line, and Hugo Verdu converting. Ashley Johnson got Wasps’ first try after the home side’s persistence at the maul, with Jacob Umaga slotting the conversion to draw them level. Umaga put them ahead in the 21st minute with a penalty after an offside against Agen, and extended that lead after 31 minutes with a long-range kick from close to the halfway line, the homeside heading down the tunnel 13-7 up.

Wasps continued to prove strong in the maul, with Tommy Taylor and Johnson adding second-half tries, and Malakai Fekitoa secured the bonus point, crossing the line after an angled run. Fernandez Correa added another try for the visitors eight minutes from time, with Verdu converting again, but by that point it was mere consolation. Wasps continue their proud record in the pool stage of the Challenge Cup, having never lost a home match. Agen have now lost their last 12 games on the road in the competition.

WASPS: 15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Zach Kibirige 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Michael Le Bourgeois 11 Marcus Watson 10 Jacob Umaga 9 Dan Robson 1 Simon McIntyre 2 Tommy Taylor 3 Kieran Brookes 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 5 Will Rowlands 6 Ashley Johnson 7 Jack Willis 8 Tom Willis BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Zurabi Zhvania 18 Jack Owlett 19 Thibaud Flament 20 Ben Morris 21 Will Porter 22 Lima Sopoaga 23 Jimmy Gopperth

SCORERS T: Johnson (2), Taylor, Fekitoa C: Umaga (3) P: Umaga (2) Yellow Card Minozzi

AGEN: 15 Loris Tolot 14 Timilai Rokoduru 13 Jordan Puletua 12 Sam Vaka 11 Julien Jane 10 Leo Berdeu 9 Hugo Verdu 1 Giorgi Tetrashvili 2 Loris Zarantonello 3 Walter Desmaison 4 Adrian Motoc 5 Pierce Phillips 6 Gauthier Maravat 7 JESSY JEGERLHENER (C) 8 Dylan Hayes BENCH: 16 Fernandez Correa 17 Morgan Phelipponneau 18 Corentin Chabeaudie 19 Thomas Murday 20 Aurélien Ricart 21 Xavier Chauveau 22 Nathan Decron 23 Valentin Saurs

SCORERS T: Tolot, Correa C: Verdu (2)

Referee: Nika Amashukeli Asst Referees: Shota Tevzadze, Saba Abulashvili

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 4

BriveBRIVE 0 - 36 BRISTOL BEARSBristol Bears

Stade Amédée - Domenech - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 0-24 Att: 4,533

BRISTOL Bears staked a firm claim to finish first in Pool 4 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup by storming to victory in their top-of-the-table clash at Brive on Friday. The visitors virtually sealed their success by the 25th minute, by which time they were 24-0 ahead in the first meeting between the clubs.

First, left wing Toby Fricker blasted over in the corner in the fifth minute for a try brilliantly converted by scrum-half Callum Sheedy. Then after Sheedy had kicked a penalty, scrum-half Harry Randall rounded off a great move involving Luke Morahan and Sheedy to dive over in the 15th minute, converting his own try. Eight minutes later centre Piers O’Conor was rewarded for attaching himself to the back of a driving line-out with another score for Sheedy to successfully convert.

Brive did hit back with a period of intense pressure, but time and again the superb Bristol defence either held them at bay or the French side dropped the ball. After replacement Sevanaia Galala was sin-binned for a high tackle, the Bears capitalised with late tries from replacements Will Capon – via a 68th minute driving line-out, the vital bonus-point score - and Ed Holmes, who strolled over in the 73rd minute. Sheedy converted the first of the late double to finish with 11 points.

BRIVE: 15 Rory Scholes 14 Setareki Bituniyata 13 Nico Lee 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Eneriko Buliruarua 10 Enzo Hervé 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Hayden Thompson - Stringer 2 Péniami Narisia 3 James Johnston 4 Peet Marais 5 Victor Lebas 6 Esteban Abadie 7 MATTHIEU VOISIN (C) 8 So'otala Fa'aso'o BENCH: 16 Thomas Acquier 17 Karlen Asieshvili 18 Cody Thomas 19 Jan Uys 20 Otari Giorgadze 21 David Delarue 22 Tedo Abzhandadze 23 Sevanaia Galala

SCORERS Yellow Card Galala

BEARS: 15 Mat Protheroe 14 Luke Morahan 13 Piers O'Conor 12 Sam Bedlow 11 Toby Fricker 10 Callum Sheedy 9 Harry Randall 1 Jake Woolmore 2 Harry Thacker 3 Max Lahiff 4 Dave Attwood 5 Joe Joyce 6 STEVEN LUATUA (C) 7 Daniel Thomas 8 Luke Hamilton BENCH: 16 Will Capon 17 Yann Thomas 18 Lewis Thiede 19 Ed Holmes 20 John Hawkins 21 Nick Stirzaker 22 Ioan Lloyd 23 Charlie Powell

SCORERS T: Fricker, Randall, O’Conor. Capon, Holmes C: Sheedy (4) P: Sheedy

Referee: Craig Evans Asst Referees: Ian Davies, Dewi Phillips

 

Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY CLUB 12 - 13 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: 5-13 Att: 2,200

STADE Français edged a finely-balanced match against Zebre Rugby Club in Pool 4 of the Challenge Cup, winning 12-13.

The crowd at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi saw Stade on the front foot from the off, with Gaël Fickou crossing the line after just three minutes and Nicolás Sánchez adding the conversion. It was the boot of Sánchez that ultimately proved decisive as he added two penalties in the space of six minutes towards the end of the first half to stretch Stade’s lead to 13 points clear. Zebre put themselves within touching distance at half-time after a try from Charlie Walker, but a missed conversion from Carlo Canna meant they were always behind.

A late penalty try awarded to Zebre closed the gap further, but Stade clung on for the final seven minutes for the win, stretching their winning run against Italian opponents in European competition to 19 matches.

ZEBRE: 15 Edoardo Padovani 14 Jamie Elliott 13 GIULIO BISEGNI (C) 12 Tommaso Boni 11 Charlie Walker 10 Carlo Canna 9 Josh Renton 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Oliviero Fabiani 3 Giosuè Zilocchi 4 Mick Kearney 5 Ian Nagle 6 Maxime Mbanda 7 Giovanni Licata 8 David Sisi BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Danilo Fischetti 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Leonard Krumov 20 Renato Giammarioli 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Michelangelo Biondelli 23 Pierre Bruno

SCORERS T: Walker, PT

PARIS: 15 Kylan Hamdaoui 14 Sefa Naivalu 13 Gael Fickou 12 Jonathan Danty 11 Lester Etien 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Arthur Coville 1 Sami Mavinga 2 Sione Angaaelangi 3 Paul Alo Emile 4 Mathieu De Giovanni 5 YOANN MAESTRI (C) 6 Ryan Chapuis 7 Sekou Macalou 8 Loic Godener BENCH: 16 Pierre Jutge 17 Giorgi Melikidze 18 Luke Tagi 19 Pierre-Henri Azagoh 20 Hugh Pyle 21 James Hall 22 Joris Segonds 23 Lionel Mapoe

SCORERS T: Fickou C: Sánchez P: Sánchez (2) Yellow Card Mavinga, De Giovanni

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys Asst Referees: Andrew Jackson, Neil Chivers

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 5

Pau PAU 61 - 10 RUGBY CALVISANOCammi Calvisano

Stade du Hameau - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 35-3 Att: 4,267

PAU bounced back in style from their European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 1 loss at Leicester last week with a nine-try home victory over Rugby Calvisano on Friday in Pool 5. The TOP 14 team, third in their domestic competition, had won nine of their previous 10 games against Italian opponents and victory No.10 never looked in doubt as they wrapped up a try bonus point by the 38th minute on their way to a 35-3 half-time lead. With scrum-half Clovis Lebail landing eight conversions from his nine attempts, Pau cruised to their eighth consecutive home victory in the competition.

They broke the deadlock after only a minute when wing Bastien Pourailly crossed and were 14-0 up by the 14th minute after centre Alexandre Dumoulin touched down. Calvisano, who have never won an away game in the Challenge Cup, reduced the deficit with a 32nd minute penalty from fly-half Alberto Chiesa, but that only served to stir Pau back into action. In the last six minutes of the half they scored three converted tries via lock Daniel Ramsay following a Pourailly break in the 35th minute, Le Bail three minutes later after another scintillating run from Pourailly and full-back Charly Malie in added time.

The try feast continued in the second half when Pau scored four more tries through prop Siegfried Fisi'ihoi , left wing Vincent Pinto, flanker Baptiste Pesenti and replacement Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes. Calvisano grabbed a consolation try 10 minutes from time via flanker Alessandro Izekor that was converted by Paolo Pescetto.

PAU: 15 Charly Malie 14 Bastien Pourailly 13 Alexandre Dumoulin 12 Jale Vatubua 11 Vincent Pinto 10 Tom Taylor 9 Clovis Lebail 1 Geoffrey Moise 2 LUCAS REY (C) 3 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi 4 Daniel Ramsay 5 Julien Delannoy 6 Lekima Tagitagivalu 7 Baptiste Pesenti 8 Antoine Erbani BENCH: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes 17 Ignacio Calles 18 Lourens Adriaanse 19 Denis Marchois 20 Giovanni Habel Kuffner 21 Samuel Marques 22 Thibault Daubagna 23 Baptiste Couchinave

SCORERS T: Pourailly, Dumoulin, Ramsay, Le Bail, Malie, Fisi’ihoi, Pinto, Pesenti, Lespiaucq C: Le Bail (8)

CALVISANO: 15 Jacopo Trulla 14 Simone Balocchi 13 Facundo Panceyra-Garrido 12 Federico Mori 11 Marco Susio 10 ALBERTO CHIESA (C) 9 Federico Consoli 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 Matteo Luccardi 3 Dante Gavrilita 4 Adam Wessels 5 Mike van Vuren 6 Alessandro Izekor 7 Matteo Archetti 8 Antoine Koffi BENCH: 16 Gabriele Morelli 17 Lorenzo Michelini 18 Lorenzo Cittadini 19 Davide Zanetti 20 Angelo Maurizi 21 Nicolò Casilio 22 Paolo Pescetto 23 Damiano Mazza

SCORERS T: Izekor C:  Pescetto P: Chiesa

Referee: Ben Blain Asst Referees: Graeme Ormiston, Ali Watt

 

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 11 - 14 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 11-8 Att: 7,122

LEICESTER Tigers fly-half, Tom Hardwick landed a dramatic penalty in the dying seconds to defeat Cardiff Blues 14-11 and send his side top of Pool 5 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Cardiff had opened up much the brighter and led 6-0 within the first 25 minutes as fly-half Jarrod Evans landed a brace of penalties. The game really sprang into life after that with two tries in three minute spell after the half-hour. First, Tigers No8 Jordan Coughlan rounded off smart approach work from Ben White, but the Blues had an instant response as Aled Summerhill collected replacement Jason Tovey’s precision crossfield kick to score on the left flank. Hardwick was on target with a penalty a minute from the break to send the sides in for the break with the Blues holding a fragile 11-8 advantage.

The sides were locked at 11-11 from the hour mark after Hardwick wiped out his side’s three-point half-time deficit with a penalty. Both sides came close to pinching it with tries, and Aled Summerhill was denied a late winner when he put a foot in touch after a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Tigers’ young replacement Sam Costelow. But then up stepped Hardwick with the decisive blow when the Blues were caught offside, the home side having to settle for a consolation losing bonus point.

BLUES: 15 Hallam Amos 14 Owen Lane 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Willis Halaholo 11 Aled Summerhill 10 Jarrod Evans 9 LLOYD WILLIAMS (C) 1 Corey Domachowski 2 Liam Belcher 3 Scott Andrews 4 Seb Davies 5 Josh Turnbull 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes 7 Will Boyde 8 Nick Williams BENCH: 16 Kirby Myhill 17 Brad Thyer 18 Kieron Assiratti 19 Macauley Cook 20 James Botham 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jason Tovey 23 Matthew Morgan

SCORERS T: Summerhill P: Evans (2)

TIGERS: 15 George Worth 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Joe Thomas 12 EW Viljoen 11 Andy Forsyth 10 Tom Hardwick 9 BEN WHITE (C) 1 Ellis Genge 2 Jake Kerr 3 Joe Heyes 4 Tomas Lavanini 5 Harry Wells 6 Sam Lewis 7 Guy Thompson 8 Jordan Coghlan BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Facundo Gigena 18 Nephi Leatigaga 19 Cameron Jordan 20 Thom Smith 21 Harry Simmons 22 Sam Costelow 23 Freddie Steward

SCORERS T: Coghlan P: Hardwick (3)

Referee: Pierre Brousset Asst Referees: Tual Trainini, Laurent Cardona TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin

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EPCR Round 1

POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 14 - 57 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Kuban Stadium - Friday 15 November 2019
KO: 19:00 HT: 0-31 Att: 400

WORCESTER Warriors got their Challenge Cup campaign off to the perfect start after a commanding 57-14 success over Enisei-STM in Krasnodar.

Five tries in the first period from Richard Palframan, Nick David, Jamie Shillcock, Jono Kitto and Oli Morris gave them the first bonus point of the season as Enisei struggled to reply with any real attacking threat.

The hosts started well in the second period but failed to contain Worcester who added further scores through Justin Clegg before fly-half Shillcock added his second of the match. Enisei showed plenty of fighting spirit and worked the ball well just after the hour mark to grab a score of their own through Davit Meskhi who had just enough pace to beat his man before dotting down. Shillcock then grabbed a hat-trick before the sides traded late scores through Gareth Simpson and Dimitri Krotov in the final minutes.

ENISEI: 15 Earll Douwrie 14 Davit Meskhi 13 Jurijs Baranovs 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Ramil Gaisin 9 Alexey Shcherban 1 Nika Khatiashvili 2 Shamil Magomedov 3 Innokentiy Zykov 4 ULDIS SAULITE (C) 5 Evgeny Elgin 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze 7 Dmitrii Krotov 8 Jeremy Jordaan BENCH: 16 Denis Mashkin 17 Azat Musin 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen 19 James Brown 20 Aleksandr Budychenko 21 Konstantin Uzunov 22 Nikita Churashov 23 Andrey Temnov

SCORERS T: Meskhi, Krotov C: Gaisin (2)

WARRIORS: 15 Perry Humphreys 14 Dean Hammond 13 Oli Morris 12 Ollie Lawrence 11 Tom Howe 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 JONO KITTO (C) 1 Ran Bower 2 Isaac Miller 3 Richard Palframan 4 Andrew Kitchener 5 Justin Clegg 6 Matt Cox 7 Matti Williams 8 Tom Dodd BENCH: 16 Beck Cutting 17 Kai Owen 18 Joe Morris 19 James Scott 20 Morgan Monks 21 Michael Heaney 22 Gareth Simpson 23 Nick David

SCORERS T: Palframan, David, Shillcock (3), Kitto, Oli Morris, Clegg, Simpson C: Shillcock (6)

Referee: Andrea Piardi Asst Referees: Gianluca Gnecchi, Federico Vedovelli

 

Dragons DRAGONS 31 - 17 CASTRES OLYMPIQUECastres Olympique

Rodney Parade - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 28-10 Att: 4,013

A first-half hat-trick by Taine Basham ignited a fine 31-17 win for Dragons in their opening European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 1 clash against Castres Olympique. The Welsh side’s bonus point was secured before the interval after three tries by the 20-year-old number eight and another try by Dafydd Howells following an interception.

Ludovic Radosavljevic put Castres ahead with a penalty but Basham then touched down on six and 15 minutes, with both tries converted by Sam Davies. Davies also converted Howells’ try but Taylor Paris’ converted try on 25 minutes then reduced the hosts’ lead to 25-10. Basham’s hat-trick was complete on 34 minutes, with Davies again successful from the kicking tee, and the scoreboard showed 28-10 at half time.

The second half was a more attritional affair with Radosavljevic crossing the whitewash to cause the home fans at Rodney Parade some concern, but a 62nd-minute penalty by Davies gave Dragons some breathing space and they saw out the win comfortably in the end.

DRAGONS: 15 Will Talbot-Davies 14 Daf Howells 13 Tyler Morgan 12 Tom Griffiths 11 Owen Jenkins 10 Sam Davies 9 Luke Baldwin 1 Aaron Jarvis 2 RICHARD HIBBARD (C) 3 Leon Brown 4 Joe Davies 5 Max Williams 6 Huw Taylor 7 James Benjamin 8 Taine Basham BENCH: 16 Rhys Lawrence 17 Brok Harris 18 Lloyd Fairbrother 19 Matthew Screech 20 Ben Fry 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Jacob Botica 23 Jack Dixon

SCORERS T: Basham (3), Howells C: Sam Davies (4) P: Sam Davies Yellow Card Williams

CASTRES: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre 14 Filipo Nakosi 13 Florian Vialelle 12 Yann David 11 Taylor Paris 10 LUDOVIC RADOSAVLJEVIC (C) 9 Jérémy Fernandez 1 Wayan de Benedittis 2 Kevin Firmin 3 Paea Fa'anunu 4 Kevin Gimeno 5 Hans Nkinsi 6 Camille Gerondeau 7 Maama Vaipulu 8 Alex Tulou BENCH: 16 Paul Sauzaret 17 Tudor Stroe 18 Matthew Tierney 19 Christophe Samson 20 Anthony Jelonch 21 Thomas Fortunel 22 Robert Ebersohn 23 Armand Batlle

SCORERS T: Paris, Radosavljevic C: Radosavljevic (2) P: Radosavljevic

Referee: JP Doyle Asst Referees: Andrew Jackson, Jamie Leahy

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POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 2

BayonneBAYONNE 13 - 20 RC TOULONToulon

Stade Jean-Dauger - Friday 15 November 2019
KO: 20:45 HT: 6-10 Att: 9,053

TWO tries in four first half minutes by South African prop Marcel van der Merwe helped Toulon to a 20-13 win at Bayonne in Pool 2 of the Challenge Cup.

The visitors had trailed 3-0 to an early penalty from Bayonne fly-half Manuel Ordas and it stayed that way for much of a hard-fought opening half. But then van der Merwe struck with a brace of touchdowns in a crucial spell minutes before the half time whistle to put the visitors on the path to success with a 10-6 lead.

Toulon were made to fight for the points though as Bayonne hit back to lead 13-10 within six minutes of the restart as Ordas landed a penalty and then converted a try by centre Peyo Muscarditz. Winger Julian Savea got Toulon back on course with a try in a thrilling finish to give them a 15-13 advantage going into the final minutes. Then with just four minutes on the clock replacement Anthony Etrillard stepped up to provide the decisive try and get Toulon off to a winning start in the competition.

BAYONNE: 15 Aymeric Luc 14 Sean Robinson 13 PEYO MUSCARDITZ (C) 12 Malietoa Hingano 11 Latu Latunipulu 10 Manuel Ordas 9 Michael Ruru 1 Ugo Boniface 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld 3 Jean-Baptiste de Clercq 4 Guillaume Ducat 5 Edwin Maka 6 Sione Tau 7 Baptiste Heguy 8 Filimo Taofifenua BENCH: 16 Maxime Delonca 17 Swan Cormenier 18 Toma Taufa 19 Adam Jaulhac 20 Arnaud Duputs 21 Guillaume Rouet 22 Brandon Fajardo 23 Maile Mamao

SCORERS T: Muscarditz C: Ordas P: Ordas (2) YC Mamao

TOULON: 15 Erwan Dridi 14 Théo Dachary 13 Ben Te'o 12 Mathieu Smaili 11 Julian Savea 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Serin 1 Jean Baptiste Gros 2 Bastien Soury 3 Marcel Van Der Merwe 4 Corentin Vernet 5 Brian Alainu'uese 6 Swan Rebbadj 7 RAPHAEL LAKAFIA (C) 8 Liam Messam BENCH: 16 Anthony Etrillard 17 Beka Gigashvili 18 Emerick Setiano 19 Mamuka Gorgodze 20 Masivesi Dakuwaqa 21 Julien Heriteau 22 Louis Schreuder 23 Stéphane Onambele

SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Savea Yellow Card Lakafia

Referee: Craig Evans Asst Referees: Adam Jones, Aled Evans TMO: Jonathan Mason

 

ScarletsSCARLETS 20 - 16 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-13 Att: 6,753

THE Scarlets proved that they are finally able to close out a game as they battled in a hard fought encounter against London Irish who held them to account for the first half, eventually concluding the scoreboard in the third quarter, keeping the ferocious visiting Exiles at bay, securing  their first win in Europe and maintaining the home record for this season.

It was visitors that had the first opportunity to get the scoreboard up and running but the Scarlets were able to clear the Exiles away and rode a London Irish storm in their own 22. The hosts were first with points from Dan Jones, but Motu Matu’u put paid to that score, powering over from close range for the opening try of the night. Captain, Stephen Myler added the extras to give the visitors the lead by 3 points to 7. However, a late challenge saw Bryce Campbell shown a yellow card and whilst the penalty was in a very kickable position, Steff Hughes opted to kick for the corner; despite winning the line-out the Scarlets lost possession and the visitors cleared, only for excellent follow-up work from Corey Baldwin which saw him dive over for the Scarlets’ first try of the evening, and his first in a European game. Dan Jones added the extras to put the hosts back ahead by 10 points to 7. The Exiles drew things level, and another penalty each way had the score even half time, 13-all.

Myler missed an opportunity to take the lead again early in the second half, and a penalty won at the scrum buoyed the hosts as they kicked for the field position and attacked the Irish defence. A beautiful chip over the top from Kieron Fonotia was chased by Steff Hughes who dived over under the posts for the try. Dan Jones slotted over the simple conversion to put the hosts ahead again by 20 points to 13. Myler added a further penalty to bring London Irish back to within four points – 20 points to 16 and finally, Ryan Lamb made his Scarlets debut against his former side. Despite intent from both sides, the score remained at 20-16 from the 56th minute.

THE Scarlets proved that they are finally able to close out a game as they battled in a hard fought encounter against London Irish who held them to account for the first half, eventually concluding the scoreboard in the third quarter, keeping the ferocious visitin

SCARLETS: 15 Johnny McNicholl 14 Corey Baldwin 13 STEFF HUGHES (C) 12 Kieron Fonotia 11 Steff Evans 10 Dan Jones 9 Kieran Hardy 1 Rob Evans 2 Taylor Davies 3 Werner Kruger 4 Lewis Rawlins 5 Tevita Ratuva 6 Uzair Cassiem 7 Joshua Macleod 8 Blade Thomson BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Phil Price 18 Samson Lee 19 Steven Cummins 20 Jac Morgan 21 Dane Blacker 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Morgan Williams

SCORERS T: Baldwin, Hughes C: Dan Jones (2) P: Dan Jones (2)

IRISH: 15 Tom Parton 14 Brendan Macken 13 Tom Stephenson 12 Bryce Campbell 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins 10 STEPHEN MYLER (C) 9 Nick Phipps 1 Harry Elrington 2 Motu Matu'u 3 Pat Cilliers 4 Barney Maddison 5 George Nott 6 Ben Donnell 7 Conor Gilsenan 8 Matt Rogerson BENCH: 16 Ross McMillan 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi 18 Lovejoy Chawatama 19 Jack Cooke 20 Isaac Curtis-Harris 21 Scott Steele 22 Jacob Atkins 23 Matt Williams

SCORERS T: Matu’u C: Myler P: Myler (3) Yellow Card Campbell

Referee: Sean Gallagher Asst Referees: Nigel Correll, John Carvill TMO: Simon McDowell

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POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 3

AgenAGEN 10 - 31 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Stade Armandie - Friday 15 November 2019
KO: 20:00 HT: 3-21 Att: 3,570

HOOKER Cameron Fenton’s last gasp try helped Edinburgh Rugby open up their Pool 3 campaign with a resounding 31-10 bonus-point success over Agen in France.

The Scots initially trailed to fly-half Thomas Vincent’s early penalty but gradually started to take control. The visitors posted their first try when centre George Taylor dived over and he added a second seven minutes later with fly-half Simon Hickey tagging on both conversions. Before the half-hour mark full-back Damien Hoyland followed up his own clever chip over the Agen defence to regather for a fine solo try and Hickey’s conversion gave them a commanding 21-3 half-time advantage.

There was some joy for the French side as winger Benito Masilevu finished off a well-worked move to score their only try on the hour mark and replacement Raphael Lagarde tagged on the conversion. But Edinburgh were never in any danger and complete the perfect start as Fenton plunged over in the dying moments before Hickey, who also landed a second half penalty, booted his fourth conversion.

AGEN: 15 Loris Tolot 14 Timilai Rokoduru 13 Jordan Puletua 12 Alban Conduche 11 Benito Masilevu 10 Thomas Vincent 9 Xavier Chauveau 1 Morgan Phelipponneau 2 Loris Zarantonello 3 Corentin Chabeaudie 4 Adrian Motoc 5 Pierce Phillips 6 Gauthier Maravat 7 Jessy Jegerlhener 8 ROMAIN BRIATTE (C) BENCH: 16 Fernandez Correa 17 Malino Vanai 18 Dave Ryan 19 Andrés Zafra Tarazona 20 Laurence Pearce 21 Hugo Verdu 22 Raphaël Lagarde 23 Julien Jane

SCORERS T: Masilevu C: Lagarde P: Vincent Yellow Card Maravat

EDINBURGH: 15 Damien Hoyland 14 Eroni Sau 13 James Johnstone 12 George Taylor 11 Jamie Farndale 10 Simon Hickey 9 Charlie Shiel 1 Jamie Bhatti 2 Cameron Fenton 3 Simon Berghan 4 Sam Thomson 5 GRANT GILCHRIST (C) 6 John Barclay 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Nick Haining BENCH: 16 Mike Willemse 17 Rory Sutherland 18 Murray McCallum 19 Lewis Carmichael 20 Ally Miller 21 Daniel Nutton 22 Jason Baggott 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Taylor (2), Hoyland, Fenton C: Hickey (4) P: Hickey

Referee: Joy Neville Asst Referees: Jonny Erskine, Richard Kerr

 

Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX-BÈGLES 40 - 30 WASPSWasps

Stade Chaban-Delmas - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 16-6 Att: 13,208

BORDEAUX-BÈGLES secured all five points in a pulsating 40-30 win over Wasps in Challenge Cup Pool 3 on Saturday night.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert put the hosts 6-0 up inside 10 minutes with two penalty kicks before Wasps’ No.10 Billy Searle repeated the trick, levelling up the scores on 20 minutes with two of his own. Wasps were only level for five minutes when the visitors were penalised for a high tackle in Jalibert’s kicking range and he would make no mistake. It took until the final minute of the first half for the opening try as Cameron Woki ran down the right after a high ball before Seta Tamanivalu arrived in support and dotted down for the first score of the match. Jalibert would convert from a tight angle.

In a chaotic second half, six tries were equally shared between the two sides as Jack Willis, Tom Cruse, Dan Robson, Yann Lesgourgues and Scott Higginbotham all got in on the act. However, the crucial Bordeaux-Bègles try came just two minutes from time as Romain Buros dotted down after some more excellent work from Jalibert to cut through the Wasps line, giving Bordeaux a try bonus point and denying Wasps a defensive bonus point.

BORDEAUX: 15 Romain Buros 14 Nicolas Plazy 13 Semi Radradra 12 Seta Tamanivalu 11 Blair Connor 10 Matthieu Jalibert 9 Yann Lesgourgues 1 JEFFERSON POIROT (C) 2 Adrien Pélissié 3 Lekso Kaulashvili 4 Masalosalo Tutaia 5 Cyril Cazeaux 6 Alexandre Roumat 7 Cameron Woki 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Florian Dufour 17 Ravai Kovekalou 18 Zakaria El Fakir 19 Jandré Marais 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Jules Gimbert 22 Lucas Meret 23 Ulupano Seuteni

SCORERS T: Tamanivalu, Lesgourgues, Higginbotham, Buros C: Jalibert (4) P: Jalibert (4)

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Marcus Watson 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Michael Le Bourgeois 11 Josh Bassett 10 Billy Searle 9 Sam Wolstenholme 1 Zurabi Zhvania 2 Tom Cruse 3 Jack Owlett 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 5 Will Rowlands 6 Ashley Johnson 7 Jack Willis 8 Tom Willis BENCH: 16 Gabriel Oghre 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Bi Alo 19 Tim Cardall 20 Ben Morris 21 Dan Robson 22 Jacob Umaga 23 Juan De Jongh

SCORERS T: Jack Willis, Cruse, Robson C: Searle (3) P: Searle (3)

Referee: Ben Blain Asst Referees: Ian Kenny, Graeme Ormiston TMO: Andrew McMenemy

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POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 4

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 11 - 27 BRIVEBrive

Stade Jean Bouin - Friday 15 November 2019
KO: 20:45 HT: 8-20 Att: 2,000

BRIVE effectively had this Pool 4 clash won by half-time as they eventually saw off the challenge of Stade Français 27-11.

The sides exchanged early penalties with Joris Segonds on the mark for the home side and Tedo Abzhandadze responding for Brive. But scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze broke the deadlock with a try after 24 minutes for the visitors. Winger Lester Etien reduced the deficit to 8-13 with the home side’s only try of the opening half but flanker Otari Giorgadze struck a decisive blow for Brive right on half-time with their second try which was also converted.

A Segonds penalty cut the gap to nine points and it remained that way until five minutes from time when Brive were awarded a penalty try to set the seal on their opening night success.

PARIS: 15 Adrien Lapègue 14 Lester Etien 13 Julien Delbouis 12 Alex Arrate 11 Sefa Naivalu 10 Joris Segonds 9 Clement Daguin 1 Stéphane Clement 2 Damien Fitzpatrick 3 Giorgi Melikidze 4 Hugh Pyle 5 PAUL GABRILLAGUES (C) 6 Tala Gray 7 Sekou Macalou 8 Charlie Francoz BENCH: 16 Sione Angaaelangi 17 Thierry Feuteu 18 Paul Alo Emile 19 Mathieu De Giovanni 20 Ryan Chapuis 21 Arthur Coville 22 Lionel Mapoe 23 Nicolás Sánchez

SCORERS T: Etien P: Segonds (2) Yellow Card Macalou

BRIVE: 15 Rory Scholes 14 Setareki Bituniyata 13 Guillaume Galletier 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Guillaume Namy 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Hayden Thompson-Stringer 2 Péniami Narisia 3 James Johnston 4 Jan Uys 5 Victor Lebas 6 Steevy Cerqueira 7 MATTHIEU VOISIN (C) 8 Otari Giorgadze BENCH: 16 Vano Karkadze 17 Karlen Asieshvili 18 Luka Japaridze 19 Richard Fourcade 20 So'otala Fa'aso'o 21 Quentin Delord 22 Enzo Hervé 23 Sevanaia Galala

SCORERS T: Lobzhanidze, Giorgadze, PT C: Abzhandadze (2) P: Abzhandadze (2)

Referee: Christophe Ridley Asst Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Neil Chivers

 

Bristol BearsBRISTOL BEARS 59 - 21 ZEBRE RUGBY CLUBZebre

Ashton Gate Stadium - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 38-7 Att: 10,511

IOAN Lloyd scored a try, a penalty and seven conversions on his first start for Bristol Bears as they saw off Zebre Rugby comprehensively 59-21 in their opening match in Pool 4 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Lloyd’s 22-point haul was the highlight of an afternoon which began with Zebre taking the lead after Mattia Bellini pounced on a loose ball. But the hosts responded with a flurry of tries. Will Capon flopped over after fierce forwards pressure, then Toby Fricker finished off a delightful team move, before Piers O’Connor pierced the Zebre line to cross from long range. Lloyd got his try in similar fashion before converting it himself then adding a further penalty on 34 minutes, meaning Bears had scored 31 points in a 17-minute spell, securing a bonus point to boot. It was 38-7 before half time when Dan Thomas powered over.

Five minutes after the re-start Yann Thomas pummelled his way over the try line, but after yellow cards for Ed Holmes and his replacement James Dun, Zebre were able to respond with a try for Apisai Tauyavuca try and a penalty score. Academy pair Charlie Powell and Andy Uren took the Bears past the 50-point mark late on.

BRISTOL: 15 Charles Piutau 14 Luke Morahan 13 Piers O'Conor 12 SIALE PIUTAU (C) 11 Toby Fricker 10 Ioan Lloyd 9 Harry Randall 1 Yann Thomas 2 Will Capon 3 Max Lahiff 4 Ed Holmes 5 Joe Joyce 6 Chris Vui 7 Daniel Thomas 8 Luke Hamilton BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 James Lay 18 Lewis Thiede 19 John Hawkins 20 James Dun 21 Andy Uren 22 Callum Sheedy 23 Charlie Powell

SCORERS T: Capon, Fricker, O’Conor, Lloyd, Dan Thomas, Yann Thomas, Powell, Uren C: Lloyd (7) P: Lloyd Yellow Card Holmes, Dun

ZEBRE: 15 Edoardo Padovani 14 Pierre Bruno 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Tommaso Boni 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Carlo Canna 9 Marcello Violi 1 Danilo Fischetti 2 Marco Manfredi 3 Giosuè' Zilocchi 4 David Sisi 5 GEORGE BIAGI (C) 6 Maxime Mbanda 7 Apisai Tauyavuca 8 Renato Giammarioli BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Daniele Rimpelli 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Leonard Krumov 20 Lorenzo Masselli 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Michelangelo Biondelli 23 Jamie Elliott

SCORERS T: Bellini, Tauyavuca, PT C: Canna (2)

Referee: Ludovic Cayre Asst Referees: Julien Castaignede, Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy

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POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Cammi CalvisanoRUGBY CALVISANO 16 - 38 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Pata Stadium - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 14:30 HT: 10-17 Att: 2,000

CARDIFF Blues bagged a bonus-point win in north-west Italy over Rugby Calvisano to kick-start their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign in handsome fashion. Blues, winners of this trophy in 2018, have now won their last seven games in the competition and head into the next clash against Leicester Tigers at the Arms Park in buoyant mood.

Full-back Matthew Morgan opened the scoring after five minutes after collecting his own chip behind the hosts’ defence. Jarrod Evans added the extras then a penalty to extend the visitors’ lead. Rugby Calvisano clawed their way back though with a penalty then a slick try touched down by Giacomo De Santis after a flash of inspiration by Samu Vunisa had opened up the Welsh side’s defence, Paolo Pescetto converting. Cardiff re-established the lead through Seb Davies charging over in the corner and Evans was again successful with a tricky conversion. The visitors clung on to their 17-10 advantage until half-time despite Kieron Assiratti’s yellow card for going off his feet in a ruck.

After the break, two Pescetto penalties reduced arrears to just a point with 15 minutes to go, but Cardiff soon took charge again. Assiratti was tackled just short of the line, but Botham was found out wide on the overlap to touch down, with Evans adding the extras. Two minutes later and the bonus point was bagged when centre Rey Lee-Lo ran from long distance to flop over the try line, Harri Millard added a fifth try right on the whistle, with Evans making it a full complement of conversions.

CALVISANO: 15 Kayle van Zyl 14 Simone Balocchi 13 Giacomo De Santis 12 Damiano Mazza 11 Marco Susio 10 Paolo Pescetto 9 Federico Consoli 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 GABRIELE MORELLI (C) 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 4 Adam Wessels 5 Mike van Vuren 6 Matteo Archetti 7 Nardo Casolari 8 Samu Vunisa BENCH: 16 Matteo Luccardi 17 Lorenzo Michelini 18 Piermaria Leso 19 Gabriele Venditti 20 Antoine Koffi 21 Fabio Semenzato 22 Alberto Chiesa 23 Facundo Panceyra-Garrido

SCORERS T: de Santis C: Pescetto P: Pescetto (3)

BLUES: 15 Matthew Morgan 14 Jason Harries 13 Rey Lee-Lo 12 Willis Halaholo 11 Harri Millard 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Lewis Jones 1 Brad Thyer 2 Kirby Myhill 3 Kieron Assiratti 4 JOSH TURNBULL (C) 5 Macauley Cook 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes 7 James Botham 8 Seb Davies BENCH: 16 Ethan Lewis 17 Rhys Gill 18 Will Davies-King 19 James Ratti 20 Alun Lawrence 21 Lloyd Williams 22 Dan Fish 23 Ben Thomas

SCORERS T: Morgan, Davies, Botham, Lee-Lo, Millard C: Evans (5) P: Evans Yellow Card Assiratti

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys Asst Referees: Adam Leal, Phil Watters

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 41 - 20 PAUPau

Welford Road - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-13 Att: 15,250

FOUR tries from Welsh winger, Jonah Holmes, propelled Leicester Tigers to a 41-20 victory over Pau at Welford Road in their first ever European Rugby Challenge Cup encounter.

After an early exchange of penalties by George Ford and Tom Taylor, Leicester took a grip through a 13th-minute try from George Worth, who had only been on the field a few minutes after replacing the injured Sam Aspland-Robinson. Two minutes later, Holmes got his first try of the afternoon after intercepting a loose Pau pass deep in their own territory. Ford converted both. Pau responded though, with scrum-half Thibault Daubagna going over from close range after a long spell of pressure on the Tigers line. However, Leicester re-established their 14-point advantage when Holmes added his second after a lovely offload from Ford unleashed the Welshman down the right wing. Ford again converted. A Pau penalty right on the whistle made it 24-13 at half time.

Holmes completed his hat-trick five minutes after the break after a flowing back-line move, with Ford once again unerring from the tee. Thereafter, Leicester’s pack repelled several strong Pau attacks until lock, Fabric Metz, bundled over on 66 minutes, with Taylor converting, to make it 31-20. Noel Reid’s boot added three points for the Tigers before Holmes racked up his fourth try following fine work in the build-up by Ben White and debutant Jaco Taute. Reid’s conversion completed the scoring.

TIGERS: 15 EW Viljoen 14 Sam Aspland-Robinson 13 Manu Tuilagi 12 Noel Reid 11 Jonah Holmes 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Facundo Gigena 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Tomas Lavanini 5 Will Spencer 6 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Tommy Reffell 8 Ifereimi Boladau BENCH: 16 Jake Kerr 17 Ellis Genge 18 Nephi Leatigaga 19 Harry Wells 20 Guy Thompson 21 Ben White 22 Jaco Taute 23 George Worth

SCORERS T: Worth, Holmes (4) C: Ford (4), Reid P: Ford, Reid Yellow Card Kalamafoni

PAU: 15 Vincent Pinto 14 Bastien Pourailly 13 Alexandre Dumoulin 12 Florian Nicot 11 Watisoni Votu 10 Tom Taylor 9 THIBAULT DAUBAGNA (C) 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi 2 Lucas Rey 3 Nicolas Corato 4 Baptiste Pesenti 5 Julien Delannoy 6 Giovanni Habel Kuffner 7 Pierrick Gunther 8 Antoine Erbani BENCH: 16 Rayne Barka 17 Geoffrey Moise 18 Lourens Adriaanse 19 Fabrice Metz 20 Martin Puech 21 Clovis Lebail 22 Antoine Hastoy 23 Pierre Nueno

SCORERS T: Daubagna, Metz C: Taylor (2) P: Taylor (2)

Referee: Nika Amashukeli Asst Referees: Shota Tevzadze, Saba Abulashvili

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Pools

Challenge Cup Pools 2019-20

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Schedule

POOL STAGE DATES
Round 1: 15/16/17 November
Round 2: 22/23/24 November
Round 3: 6/7/8 December
Round 4: 13/14/15 December
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020

QUARTER-FINALS
03/04/05 April 2020

SEMI-FINALS
01/02/03 May 2020

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Friday 22 May 2020 21:00 Challenge Cup Final Stade Vélodrome

CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL
Saturday 23 May 2020 17:45 Challenge Cup Final Stade Vélodrome

European Cup Finals 2020

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