Challenge Cup Wrap: Saturday

Date published: November 14 2015

The Challenge Cup action continued on Saturday with the champions Gloucester, Cardiff, London Irish and Worcester all notching deserved wins.

Calvisano 9-50 Cardiff Blues

The Welsh region dominated from start to finish and outscored their opponents seven tries to zero. Calvisano opened the scoring via a Filippo Buscema penalty in the sixth minute but the Blues struck back with tries by Lloyd Williams and Tom James.

Rhys Patchell also added a penalty on the stroke after half-time shortly after Buscema slotted another three-pointer which meant the visitors led 15-6 at half-time.

Cardiff upped the ante after the interval and Ellis Jenkins and Dan Fish also crossed the whitewash before Buscema succeeded with another penalty whcich would be the last time the hosts would score any points.

The Blues ran rampant in the final quarter and tries by Blaine Scully and Gavin Evans as well as a penalty try shortly before full-time saw them notch a half century of points.

The scorers:

For Calvisano:

Pens: Buscema 3

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Williams, James, Jenkins, Fish, Scully, G Evans, Penalty try
Cons: Patchell 4, J Evans 2
Pen: Patchell

Calvisano: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Ben De Jager, 13 Alberto Chiesa, 12 Tommy Castello (c), 11, Marco Susio, 10 Filippo Buscema, 9 Riccardo Raffaele, 8 Jim Tuivaiti, 7 Maxime Mbanda, 6 Matteo Archetti, 5 Davide Zanetti, 4 Agustin Cavalieri, 3 Salvatore Costanzo, 2 Lorenzo Giovanchelli, 1 Sami Panico.
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Gabriele Morelli, 18 Rudy Biancotti, 19 Michele Andreotti, 20 Luca Beccaris, 21 Renato Giammarioli, 22 Giacomo De Santis, 23 Daniele Di Giulio

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Tom James, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Josh Turnbull, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 James Down, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Gethin Jenkins (c).
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Tom Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Blaine Scully

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)

London Irish 48-10 Agen

Gerard Ellis led the way with two first-half tries which set up London Irish's win in a one-side affair at the Madejski Stadium.

Ellis' two scores helped to secure the Exiles' bonus point after Johnny Williams and Joe Trayfoot had also crossed for five-pointers earlier.

Agen took an early lead when François Bouvier slotted a penalty in the fourth minute and Chris Noakes succeeded with two conversions which meant London Irish led 24-3 at the break.

The home side continued to dominate in the second half and shortly after the restart Alex Lewington crossed for his first try. Rob McCusker then got his name onto the scoreboard with his side's sixth five-pointer in the 56th minute before Sean Maitland crossed the whitewash three minutes later.

Agen struck back when Felicien Vergnon crossed for their only try in the 64th minute but Irish sealed victory when Lewington crossed for his second try shortly afterwards.

The scorers:

For London Irish:
Tries: Ellis 2, Lewington 2, Williams, Trayfoot, McCusker, Maitland
Cons: Noakes 4

For Agen:

Try: Vergnon

Con: Darbo

Pen: Bouvier

London Irish: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Aseli Tikoirotuma, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Topsy Ojo, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Joe Trayfoot, 6 Rob McCusker, 5 Matt Symons (c), 4 Eoin Sheriff, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Gerard Ellis, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 David Sisi, 20 Luke Narraway, 21 Connor Murphy, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Dom Waldouck

Agen: 15 François Tardieu, 14 Filipo Nakosi, 13 Julien Heriteau, 12 Vincent Roux, 11 Jason Deschamps, 10 Bautista Guemes, 9 Paul Abadie (c), 8 Marc Baget, 7 Nicolas Gal, 6 Antoine Miquel, 5 Denis Marchois, 4 Jean-Baptiste Roidot, 3 Nicolas Chocou, 2 Marc Barthomeuf, 1 Quentin Bethune.
Replacements: 16 Charly Morlay, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Dave Ryan, 19 Léo Bastien, 20 Felicien Vergnon, 21 Clement Darbo, 22 François Bouvier, 23 Benoit Sicart

Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)

Worcester 19-3 La Rochelle

Worcester had to dig deep before seeing off their French visitors at Sixways.

Ryan Lamb was the home side's hero as he notched a 14-point haul via four penalties and a conversion. 

Warriors' full-back Ben Howard crossed for the only try of the match but the home crowd had to wait until the 77th minute for the five-pointer as the match was highlighted by a plethora of errors from both sides in wet conditions.

Lamb slotted two early three-pointers from the kicking tee before Charles Bouldoire made it 6-3 with a penalty of his own in the 11th minute.

Lamb added two further penalties in the first half before Howard secured victory with his fine individual score in the dying minutes.

The scorers:

For Worcester:
Try: Howard
Con: Lamb
Pens: Lamb 4

For La Rocehelle:
Pen: Bouldoire

Worcester: 15 Ben Howard, 14 Tom Biggs, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Ravai Fatiaki, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Charlie Mulchrone (c), 8 Matt Cox, 7 Carl Kirwan, 6 Sam Betty, 5 Darren O'Shea, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Joe Rees, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Ryan Bower.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Gareth Milasinovich, 18 Mike Daniels, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Niall Annett, 21 JB Bruzulier, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Perry Humphreys

La Rochelle: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Alexander Northam, 13 Elliot Roudil, 12 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 11 Martin Carre, 10 Charles Bouldoire, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Zeno Kieft (c), 7 Benoit Guyot, 6 Romana Graham, 5 Leo Cedaro, 4 Damien Lagrange, 3 Vincent Pelo, 2 Maxime Gau, 1 Thomas Synaeghel.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Geledan, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Gagi Bazadze, 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Romain Sazy, 21 Jules Lebail, 22 Fabien Fortassin, 23 Malietoa Hingano

Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)

Gloucester 23-10 Zebre

The champions got their campaign off to a winning start but it wasn't plain sailing as they went off the boil in the second half at Kingsholm.

Gloucester raced in to a 23-0 lead at half-time but the visitors fought back bravely to win the second half 10-0.

Henry Purdy opened the scoring in the seventh minute after Billy Burns, Callum Braley and Ross Moriarty laid the groundwork in the build-up.

Moriarty barged over from close quarters shortly afterwards before Burns added two penalties to give the Cherry and Whites an 18-0 lead by the half-hour mark.

Stevie McColl then rounded off a superb team effort shortly before half-time but Gloucester failed to kick on and couldn't notch their bonus-point try in the second half.

Instead, Zebre took control of proceedings and they were rewarded with a penalty try after Gloucester infringed at a scrum close to their try-line.

Edoardo Padovani added the extras as well as a penalty in the 58th minute which was the last time points were scored in this clash.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Purdy, Moriarty, McColl
Con: Burns
Pens: Burns 2

For Zebre:
Try: Penalty try
Con: Padovani
Pen: Padovani

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Stevie McColl, 13 Bill Meakes, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Lewis Ludlow, 7 Jacob Rowan (c), 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Elliot Stooke, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Yann Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Nicky Thomas, 19 Tom Hicks, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 Ollie Thorley

Zebre: 15 Guglielmo Palazzani, 14 Dion Berryman, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Edoardo Padovani, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Filippo Ferrarini, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Jacopo Sarto, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 4 Valerio Bernabo, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Tommaso D'Apice, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Andrea de Marchi, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 George Biagi, 20 Emiliano Caffini, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Giiulio Toniolatti, 23 Carlo Canna

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)