Challenge Cup wrap: Edinburgh and Grenoble win

Date published: December 18 2015

Two games took place in the Challenge Cup on Friday as Edinburgh edged London Irish 18-15 while Grenoble beat Agen in a thrilling 48-45 contest.

Edinburgh 18-15 London Irish

Edinburgh made it a three horse race in Pool 5 as they came from behind to beat London Irish 18-15 at Murrayfield on Friday.

Gerard Ellis had put the Exiles in front on eight minutes with an unconverted try but wing Tom Brown hit back for the hosts in the 20th minute, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne making no mistake off the tee to push his side 7-5 to the good.

Hidalgo-Clyne and Shane Geraghty would then trade penalties before the break as the two teams went in with Edinburgh 13-8 ahead.

London Irish came out strongly in the second-half though and took a 13-15 lead on 60 minutes when replacement Tom Smallbone went over.

But John Hardie's 71st minute effort meant Edinburgh came out on top to move level on points with London Irish in second place, two points behind Grenoble.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Brown, Hardie
Con: Hidalgo-Clyne
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne 2

For London Irish:
Tries: Ellis, Smallbone
Con: Geraghty
Pen: Geraghty

Edinburgh: 15 Dougie Fife, 14 Tom Brown, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Otulea Katoa, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Alex Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 John Andress, 2 Neil Cochrane (c), 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Magnus Bradbury, 20 Chris Dean, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Damien Hoyland.

London Irish: 15 Topsy Ojo, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Shane Geraghty (c), 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 6 Blair Cowan, 5 Nic Rouse, 4 Eoin Sheriff, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Gerard Ellis, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Jimmy Stevens, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 David Sisi, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Chris Noakes, 23 Fergus Mulchrone.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Kieran Barry (Ireland), Barrie O’Connell (Ireland)

Grenoble 48-45 Agen

93 points were scored at Stade des Alpes as Grenoble left it late to edge Top 14 rivals Agen 48-45 to the Challenge Cup points on Friday.

Both sides scored six tries apiece but it was Gilles Bosch's 80th minute conversion of Tino Nemani's try that won the game for Grenoble.

Agen were leading 13-24 at the interval as a fine first-half saw Leo Bastien, Marc Barthomeuf, Corentin Braendlin and Filipo Nakosi cross.

But after the break Grenoble hit back thanks to tries from Fabien Barcella, Fabrice Estebanez, Clement Gelin and two from Nemani for a win that moves them two points clear at the top of Pool 5.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Hunt, Barcella, Nemani 2, Estebanez, Gelin
Con: Wisniewski 3, Estebanez, Bosch 2
Pen: Wisniewski 2

For Agen:
Tries: Bastien, Barthomeuf, Nakosi 2, Braendlin 2, Sicart
Con: Bouvier 2, Darbo 3

Grenoble: 15 Clément Gelin, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Fabrice Estebanez, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Henry Vanderglas, 6 Fabien Alexandre, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Walter Desmaison, 19 Peter Kimlin, 20 Mahamadou Diaby, 21 Christophe Loustalot, 22 Gilles Bosch, 23 Robinson Caire.

Agen: 15 Benoit Sicart, 14 Filipo Nakosi, 13 Vincent Roux, 12 Pierre Fouyssac, 11 François Tardieu, 10 François Bouvier, 9 Paul Abadie, 8 Marc Baget, 7 Léo Bastien, 6 Denis Marchois, 5 Corentin Braendlin, 4 Jean-Baptiste Roidot, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Marc Barthomeuf, 1 Quentin Bethune.
Replacements: 16 Jason Marshall, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Giorgi Margvelani, 19 Nicolas Gal, 20 Clement Darbo, 21 Thibaud Mazzoleni, 22 Julien Heriteau, 23 Marius Deguilhem.

Referee: Tom Foley (England)
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Nigel Carrick (England)