There were opening round wins for Worcester, Leicester and Sale in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they beat Bristol, Bath and Wasps respectively.
Worcester 31-25 Bristol
Worcester started the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a bonus-point 31-25 victory over struggling Bristol at Sixways Stadium on Friday.
Wing Josh Adams and outside centre Max Stelling crossed in the first-half and both made it a brace apiece in the second 40, with Michael Dowsett also getting over Bristol's whitewash to add to fly-half Jamie Shillcock's three successful conversions.
Bristol's scorers were Giorgi Nemsadze, Jack Wallace and Tom Varndell but they could not complete the fightback at Sixways.
Tries: Adams 2, Stelling 2, Dowsett
Cons: Shillcock 3
Tries: Nemsadze, Wallace, Varndell
Cons: Searle 2
Pens: Searle 2
Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell (c), 14 Josh Adams, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Andy Short, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Huw Taylor, 5 Charlie Hewitt, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 3 James Johnston, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Justin Clegg, 20 Ben Fowles, 21 George de Cothi, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Afeafe Haisila Lokotui
Bristol: 15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 James Newey, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Billy Searle, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Nick Fenton-Wells, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Nick Koster, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha
Replacements: 16 Edd Shervington, 17 Jack O’Connell, 18 James Hall, 19 John Hawkins, 20 Rayn Smid, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Elias Caven, 23 Luke Arscott
Referee: Andrew Jackson (England)
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace (England), Fergus Kirby (England)
Bath 20-21 Leicester
Leicester got their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign off to a winning start on Friday as they beat Bath 21-20 at the Recreation Ground.
Tries from Luke Hamilton and George Catchpole got them off to a fast start with Freddie Burns kicking five points in the first 40.
In response Jack Wilson crossed for Bath before second-half scores from Jeff Williams and Dan Bowden got the hosts within a point. But Burns' boot had ultimately given Leicester enough breathing space to hang on as they edged out their long-time rivals.
Tries: Wilson, Williams, Bowden
Tries: Hamilton, Catchpole
Pens: Burns 3
Bath: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Aled Brew, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Will Homer, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 6 Levi Douglas, 5 Alex Humfrey, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Rory Jennings
Leicester: 15 George Worth, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Matt Smith (c), 12 Jack Roberts, 11 George Catchpole, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Jono Kitto, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Will Evans, 6 Luke Hamilton, 5 Joe Maksymiw, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Greg Bateman
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Fred Tuilagi, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Oli Bryant, 23 Charlie Thacker
Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Tom Foley (England), Paul Dix (England)
Sale 17-13 Wasps
Sale secured a 17-13 victory over Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday to kick-off their Anglo-Welsh Cup season on a high.
Tries from Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow in either half saw them to a hard-fought win, with Tom Arscott kicking seven points.
Wasps' scorers were Guy Thompson and Jacob Umaga but they could only add one penalty from the boot of Connor Eastgate.
Tries: Jennings, Bedlow
Cons: Arscott 2
Tries: Thompson, Umaga
Sale: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Nev Edwards, 13 Sam Bedlow, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Charlie Ingall, 10 Sam James, 9 Mike Phillips (c), 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Ben Curry, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Cameron Neild, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 James Flynn, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 George Nott, 20 Matt Rogerson, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Josh Charnley
Wasps: 15 Owain James, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Brendan Macken, 11 Guy Armitage, 10 Connor Eastgate, 9 Craig Hampson, 8 Guy Thompson (c), 7 Alex Rieder, 6 Jack Willis, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Marcus Garratt, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Tom Bristow
Replacements: 16 George Edgson, 17 Tom West, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Ehize Ehizode, 20 Alistair Bone, 21 Will Porter, 22 Jacob Umaga, 23 Tom Howe
Referee: Christophe Ridley (England)
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Peter Allan (England)