Sale and Newcastle kept their Challenge Cup quarter-finals hopes alive on Thursday with wins over Agen and Toulon respectively.
Sale and Newcastle kept their hopes of qualifying for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals alive on Thursday with wins over Agen and Toulon respectively.
Newcastle Falcons 6-3 RC Toulon
Newcastle took control of Pool 2 in the Amlin Challenge Cup with a battling 6-3 win over Toulon in difficult conditions at Kingston Park.
All the points came in the second half as Toulon fly-half Julien Dumora's sole penalty was not enough to overcome opposite number Jimmy Gopperth's two earlier three-pointers.
Toulon made the early running and came close to scoring near the end of the first half but as the conditions deteriorated their tactics became increasingly predictable and easy to defend against.
The hosts used the wind at the backs to take a 6-0 lead soon after the restart and Toulon were never able to build any pressure and force a comeback.
Pens: Gopperth 2
Newcastle: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Luke Eves, 13 Jamie Helleur, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Jordi Pasqualin, 8 Richard Mayhew 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Andrew van der Heijden, 4 James Hudson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Joe Graham, 1 Grant Shiells.
Replacements: 16 Ashley Wells, 17 Darren Fearn, 18 Dan Frazier, 19 Taiasina Tu'ifua, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Chris Pilgrim, 23 Tom Catterick.
Toulon: 15 Luke Rooney, 14 Jeremy Sinzelle, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffroy Messina, 11 Benjamin Lapeyre, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Laurent Magnaval, 8 SEVA Rokobaro, 7 Joe El Abd, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Dean Schofield, 4 Konstantine Mikautadze, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Alafoti Faosiliva, 20 Baptiste Bonnet, 21 Jonny Wilkinson, 22 Alexis Palisson, 23 Christophe Samson.
Venue: Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
SU Agen 14-29 Sale Sharks
Sale provisionally moved to the top of Pool 5 with a crucial bonus-point win at Stade Armandie.
The Sharks raced to a 22-0 lead by the 22 minute mark thanks to tries from James Gaskell, Marc Jones and Richie Vernon and a penalty from Nick MacLeod.
Damien Lagrange replied for Agen but Sale had their bonus point before half-time when Luther Burrell's try stretched the lead to 29-7.
Agen pressed strongly after the break and got some rewards in the 53rd minute when Pat O'Connor touched down.
But any hopes of a late fightback were quelled by some staunch defence from the English side, led by man-of-the-match Gaskell.
Tries: Lagrange, O'Connor
Cons: Courrent 2
Tries: Gaskell, Jones, Vernon, Burrell
Cons: MacLeod 3
Agen: 15 Belisario Agulla, 14 Kevin Swiryn, 13 Miguel Avramovic, 12 Jamie Robinson, 11 Saimoni Vaka, 10 Valentin Courrent, 9 Alexi Bales, 8 Antoine Erbani, 7 Jerome Mondoulet, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Pat O'Connor, 3 Beka Sheklashvili, 2 Julien Janaudy, 1 Laurent Cabarry.
Replacements: 16 Jalil Narjissi, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Martin Scelzo, 19 Dewald Senekal, 20 Adri Badenhorst, 21 Sylvain Dupuy, 22 Mathieu Lamoulie.
Sale Sharks: 15 Mark Cueto, 14 Luther Burrell, 13 Andrew Higgins, 12 Sam Tuitupou (capt), 11 Joaquin Tuculet, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Cillian Willis, 8 Andy Powell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Richie Vernon, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Vadim Cobilas.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Kearnan Myall, 21 Scott Mathie, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Tom Brady.
Venue: Stade Armandie
Referee: Peter Allan