RC Enisei made a superb start to their Challenge Cup campaign when they claimed a shock 19-12 win over Worcester Warriors in Moscow on Saturday.
There were also impressive wins on the road for Edinburgh, La Rochelle and Gloucester.
RC Enisei 19-12 Worcester Warriors
RC Enisei were full value for this win over their more fancied opponents despite being outscored by two tries to one.
Yury Kushnarev was the home side’s hero as he finished with an 11-point haul courtesy of three penalties and a conversion.
RC Enisei made a superb start when Davit Kacharav scored the opening try in the sixth minute after Kushnarev had opened the scoring from the kicking tee three minutes earlier.
Worcester struck back via a Josh Adams try which Jamie Shillcock converted which meant the hosts led 10-7 at the interval.
The second half saw Kushnarev add two further penalties before the Warriors narrowed the gap via a late Derrick Appia try, but RC Enisei clinched victory when Ramil Gaisin landed a drop goal in the 74th minute.
For RC Enisei:
Pens: Kushnarev 3
Drop Goal: Gisin
For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Adams, Appiah
Enisei-STM: 15 Thomas Halse, 14 Igor Kurashov, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov, 11 Denis Simplikevich, 10 Iurii Kushnarev, 9 Alexey Shcherban, 8 Anton Rudoi, 7 Vitalii Orlov, 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze, 5 Maxim Gargalic, 4 Uldis Saulite, 3 Innokentiy Zykov, 2 Stanislav Selskii, 1 Alexey Volkov
Replacements:: 16 Shamil Magomedov, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Evgenii Pronenko, 19 Andrey Temnov, 20 Ramil Gaisin, 21 Konstantin Uzunov, 22 Aleksei Mikhaltsov, 23 Viacheslav Krasylnyk
Worcester Warriors: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Andy Short, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Will Butler, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Luke Baldwin, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Sam Betty, 6 Huw Taylor, 5 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 4 Charlie Hewitt, 3 Mike Daniels, 2 Matti Williams, 1 Ryan Bower
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Bi Alo, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Zac Xiourouppa, 21 George DeCothi, 22 Tiff Eden, 23 Ryan Lamb
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Timisoara Saracens 17-59 Edinburgh
Edinburgh made an emphatic start to the Challenge Cup with a 59-17 rout of Timsoara Saracens on Saturday.
For Timsoara Saracens it’s a tough start to their debut Challenge Cup campaign having been outscored nine tries to two at the Dan Paltinisanu Stadium.
Edinburgh re-wrote their Challenge Cup record book as they notched their highest points tally (59), registered their biggest win (42), scored their most tries (9) and kicked most conversions (7). There were also try hat-tricks for skipper Stuart McInally and Nasi Manu.
It took only two minutes for Edinburgh, the 2015 finalists, to get the scoreboard moving. Viliame Mata made the initial break before McInally set up wing Mike Allen for his fourth try of the season.
Jason Tovey added his first of seven conversions. Mata’s debut got even better three minutes later when he crossed for a wonderful try to extend Edinburgh’s lead.
Timisoara scrum-half Valentin Calafeteanu kicked a penalty to get his side on the scoresheet, but a hat-trick of tries from hooker McInally in a 20 minute period put the visitors out of sight. Manu then scored two before the break to leave the Saracens, who had a try from wing Stephen Shennan converted by Calafeteanu, trailing 45-10.
For Timisoara Saracens:
Tries: Shennan 2
Cons: Calafeteanu 2
Tries: Allan, Mata 2, McInally 3, Manu 3
Cons: Tovey 7
Timisoara Saracens: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Fonovai Tangimana, 13 Brian Sefanaia, 12 Jack Umaga, 11 Stephen Shennan, 10 Jody Rose, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Sandu Stelian Burcea, 7 Vasile Rus, 6 Daniel Ianus, 5 Marian Drenceanu, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Horatiu Pungea, 2 Eugen Capatina, 1 Gigi Militaru
Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Edmund Aholelei, 18 Samuel Maris, 19 Ionut Muresan, 20 Randall Morrison, 21 Gabriel Conache, 22 Tevita Manumua, 23 Daniel Vladut Zaharia
Edinburgh: 15 Rory Scholes, 14 Alexander Northam, 13 Sasa Tofilau, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Michael Allen, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Jack Cosgrove, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Vili Fihaki, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Glenn Bryce
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)
Treviso 10-41 La Rochelle
La Rochelle crushed Treviso 41-10 with a comprehensive win away from home for a winning start to their Challenge Cup campaign.
La Rochelle were 10-0 ahead after 18 minites thanks to Uini Atonio’s first try as well as a penalty from Brock James. Treviso’s only response in the first half was a penalty from Ian McKinley.
La Rochelle extended their lead with two tries in the first 10 minutes after the break thanks to a try from Hikairo Forbes before Atonio added his second to effectively end the contest with a 27-3 lead.
Luke McLean scored the home side’s only try of the game with 15 minutes to play, but two tries in the last 10 minutes, one of them a penalty try before Jason Eaton added another five-pointer, put the icing on the cake for La Rochelle while bringing to an end a miserable afternoon for the hosts.
For La Rochelle:
Tries: Forbes, Atonio 2, Eaton, Penalty Try
Cons: James 3, Holmes
Pens: James 2
Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 David Odiete, 10 Ian Mc Kinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Braam Steyn, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Filippo Gerosa, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Ornel Gega1 Alberto de Marchi
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Roberto Santamaria, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Tommy Allan, 23 Andrea Pratichetti
La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Elliot Roudil, 12 Zack Holmes, 11 Romaric Camou, 10 Brock James, 9 Arthur Retiere, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Afa Amosa, 6 Kevin Gourdon, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Luc Mousset, 19 Mathieu Tanguy, 20 Leo Cedaro, 21 Anthony Fuertes, 22 Botia Veivuke, 23 Charles Bouldoire
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Bayonne 27-47 Gloucester
Gloucester turned on the style as they claimed an emphatic 47-27 victory over Bayonne at Stade Jean Dauger.
The visitors dominated from the outset and outscored their visitors by six tries to three with Mark Atkinson leading the way with a brace of five-pointers and James Hook contributed 17 points to the Cherry and Whites’ cause thanks to four conversions and three penalties.
Both Atkinson’s tries came inside the opening quarter as Gloucester raced into a 21-6 lead with Matt Scott also getting his name on the scoreboard with a deserved try.
Bayonne’s only points during this period came via two Lucas Meret penalties but the visitors reduced the deficit in the 27th minute when Thibault Lacroix crossed for their opening try.
Hook slotted a penalty shortly afterwards,before Simon Labouyrie narrowed the gap by going over for Bsyonne’s second try. Gloucester extended their lead on the stroke of half-time when Billy Twelvetrees crossed for their fourth try which meant the visitors led 29-20 at the interval.
Bayonne were fastest out of the blocks in the second half when Dion Evrard Oulai scored their third try and when Meret converted, the match was evenly balanced at 29-27 to Gloucester.
Gloucester upped the ante on attack though and tries from Jonny May and Tom Savage, combined with Hook’s goalkicking, sealed their win.
Tries: Lacroix, Labouyrie, Oulai
Cons: Leret 3
Pens: Leret 2
Tries: Scott, Atkinson 2, Twelvetrees, May, Savage
Cons: Hook 4
Pens: Hook 3
Bayonne: 15 Julien Jane, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Lucas Meret, 9 Bastien Duhalde, 8 Jean-Blaise Lespinasse, 7 Dion Evrard Oulai, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Guillaume Ducat, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Simon Labouyrie, 1 Aretz Iguiniz
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Adrien Bordenave, 18 Toma Taufa, 19 Pablo Huete, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Arnaud Duputs, 22 Simon Maillard, 23 Maile Mamao
Gloucester: 15 James Hook, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Twelvetrees, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Joe Latta, 4 Tom Savage, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 John Afoa, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Ollie Thorley, 23 Charlie Sharples
Referee: Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Pau 22-25 Bath
Rhys Priestland kicked six penalties and a conversion to help Bath overcome Pau 25-22 in their Challenge Cup opener on Saturday.
Pau will be disappointed with their home defeat considering they outscored Bath by three tries to one, but luckily for the visitors Priestland brought his kicking boots along to clinch the victory.
Both teams finished the game with 14 men after first Ben Mowen (70th minute) and then Aled Brew (71st minute) was sent to the sin-bin with yellow cards.
The visitors took a narrow 16-14 lead into the break thanks to three penalties and a conversion from Priestland in answer to tries from Romain Buros and Sean Dougall for the hosts.
The Wales international added two more after the break but Brandon Fajardo scored one of his own reduce the deficit to 22-17. Priestland’s sixth penalty sealed the win before a consolation try from Watisoni Votu.
Tries: Buros, Dougall, Votu
Cons: Fajardo 2
Pens: Priestand 6
Pau: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Marvin Lestremeau, 13 Santiago Fernandez, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Abdellatif Boutaty, 3 Matthew Tierney, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, 1 Jérémy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Geoffrey Moise, 18 Malik Hamadache, 19 Masalosalo Tutaia, 20 Giovanni Habel Kuffner, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Pierre Dupouy, 23 Bastien Pourailly
Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Tom Ellis, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Kane Palma Newport, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Nick Auterac
Replacements: 16 Michael Van Vuuren, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Matt Garvey, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Dan Bowden, 23 Jeff Williams
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)