Challenge Cup Wrap: Friday

Date published: November 14 2015

Edinburgh and Brive were both winners in Friday's Challenge Cup action at Murrayfield and the Stade Amédée-Domenech.

Edinburgh 28-10 Grenoble

Edinburgh got their Challenge Cup Pool 5 campaign off to a decent start at Murrayfield as they saw off Grenoble, winning 28-10 on Friday.

Cornell du Preez was the star of the show, scoring two tries, with a penalty try and the boot of Sam Hidalgo-Clyne helping the Scots win. Grenoble only managed their first points of the match in the 49th minute via James Hart's penalty as Edinburgh were 11-0 up at half-time.

But a penalty try on the hour mark gave Edinburgh some welcome breathing space before Grenoble wing Daniel Kilioni's effort on 70 minutes would cut the gap, this time to 21-10 as the Top 14 side were eyeing a losing bonus-point if not a last-ditch pool success at Murrayfield.

Du Preez had other ideas though and his converted try added the gloss on a deserved victory for Edinburgh, who won in a three-try showing.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Du Preez 2, Penalty
Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne, Tonks
Pens: Hidalgo-Clyne 3

For Grenoble:
Try: Kilioni
Con: Bosch
Pen: Penalty

Edinburgh: 15 Dougie Fife, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Will Helu, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Alex Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 John Andress, 19 Nasi Manu, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Chris Dean

Grenoble: 15 Clement Gelin, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Daniel Kilioni, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 James Hart (c), 8 Dylan Hayes, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Mahamadou Diaby, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 James Percival, 3 Kevin Goze, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Fabien Barcella
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Walter Desmaison, 19 Ben Hand, 20 Steven Setephano, 21 Christophe Loustalot, 22 Xavier Mignot, 23 Lucas Dupont 

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (Wales) Jon Hardy (Wales)

Brive 13-9 Newcastle

Elia Radikedike’s first-half try proved to be the only five-pointer of the game as Brive saw off Newcastle Falcons in the Challenge Cup.

The winger’s score in the 14th minute began a one-sided first half for Brive on the scoreboard.

Fly-half Nicolas Bézy stepped up to add the conversion and two more penalties from the home side’s number ten before the break put Brive in a commanding position by half-time, up 13-0.

Three second-half penalties from Newcastle fly-half Tom Catterick gradually helped the Premiership outfit to close the gap but the Falcons didn't have enough to reverse the scoreboard.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Radikedike
Cons: Bézy
Pens: Bézy 2

For Newcastle:
Pens: Catterick 3

Brive: 15 Romain Sola, 14 Elia Radikedike, 13 Atila Septar, 12 Christopher Tuatara, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Nicolas Bézy, 9 Bastien Duhalde, 8 William Whetton, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Said Hireche (c), 5 Wilhem Steenkamp, 4 Victor Lebas, 3 Giorgi Jgenti, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Damien Lavergne
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Goderzi Shvelidze, 18 Yusuf Tuncer, 19 Peet Marais, 20 Hugues Briatte, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Benjamin Petre, 23 Anderson Neisen

Newcastle: 15 Craig Willis, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Tom Penny, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Belisario Agulla, 10 Tom Catterick, 9 Michael Young, 8 Mark Wilson (c), 7 Daniel Temm, 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Sean Robinson, 3 Taione Vea, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Alex Rogers
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Calum Green, 21 Ruki Tipuna, 22 Dan Marshall, 23 Callum Chick

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Martyn Lewis (Wales), Kelvin Shorte (Wales)