Challenge Cup wrap: Saturday

Date published: December 10 2016

Worcester slayed Dragons 33-20, Cardiff Blues thumped Bath 28-3 and Edinburgh edged Stade Francais 28-23 in the Challenge Cup action on Saturday.

Enisei-STM 8-43 Brive

Nicolas Bezy set the tone early on with a try in the second minute of the match before Gaetan Germain added the extras and a penalty for Brive.

Anton Rudoi got Enisei on the board with his side's only try before Iurii Kushnarev added their only other points of the entire game with a penalty before half time.

Brive ran in a further three tries after that from Guillaume Namy, Guillaume Ribes and Benito Masilevu to secure a comfortable bonus-point victory away from home.

The scorers:

For Enisei-STM:
Try: Rudoy
Pen: Kushnarev

For Brive:
Tries: Bezy, Namy, Ribes, Masilevu
Cons: Germain 3, Bezy
Pens: Germain 5

Enisei-STM: 15 Thomas Halse, 14 Igor Kurashov, 13 Jurijs Baranovs, 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 Andrei Polivalov
Replacements: 16 Shamil Magomedov, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Evgenii Pronenko, 19 Andrey Temnov, 20 Aleksandr Budychenko, 21 Konstantin Uzunov, 22 Aleksei Mikhaltsov, 23 Viacheslav Krasylnyk

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Sevanaia Galala, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Nicolas Bézy, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Dominiko Waqaniborutu 7 Said Hireche, 6 Péniami Narisia, 5 Jan Uys, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Vivien Devisme
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Damien Lavergne, 18 Patrick Toetu, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 William Whetton, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Christopher Tuatara, 23 Benito Masilevu 

Referee: Ian Tempest (England)
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Simon McConnell (England)

Timisoara Saracens 3-42 Harlequins

It took 20 minutes before any points were scored when Valentin Calafeteanu got things underway with a penalty.

It turned out to be the only points his team managed to score as Quins took control of the game with three tries inside eight minutes, all of them before the break.

Charlie Walker scored a brace in the first seven minutes of the second half before Joe Marchant added the sixth try to add to the firdt-half contributions from Dave Ward, George Merrick and Aaron Morris.

The scorers:

For Timisoara Saracens:
Pen: Calafeteanu

For Harlequins:
Tries: Ward, Merrick, Morris, Walker 2, Marchant
Cons: Jackson 6

Timisoara Saracens: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Stephen Shennan, 13 Brian Sefanaia, 12 Paula Kinikinilau, 11 Fonovai Tangimana, 10 Jack Umaga, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Sandu Stelian Burcea, 7 Daniel Gabriel Ianus, 6 Randall Morrison, 5 Marian Drenceanu, 4 Valentin Popirlan, 3 Horatiu Pungea, 2 Eugen Capatana, 1 Edmund Aholelei
Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Gigi Militaru, 18 Samuel Maris, 19 Ionut Muresan, 20 Dorin Lazar, 21 Gabriel Conache, 22 Tevita Manumua, 23 Madalin Lemnaru

Harlequins: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Danny Care, 8 Jack Clifford, 7 James Chisholm, 6 George Naoupu, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Stan South, 20 Matt Shields, 21 Charlie Mulchrone, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Matt Hopper

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)

Cardiff Blues 28-3 Bath

Two penalties from Steve Shingler gave the Blues a early 6-0 lead before Tom Homer pulled one back with a penalty for Bath.

The rest of the first half was quiet and fairly even with Shingler's third penalty the only other points scored in the first half.

Cardiff Blues stepped up their efforts in the second stanza and were rewarded with two quick tries in the space of five minutes when Matthew Morgan and Alex Cuthbert opened up the Bath defence,

Scott Andrews scored his try two minutes from time to put the cherry on top of a dominant performance for the hosts.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Morgan, Cuthbert, Andrews
Cons: Shingler 2
Pens: Shingler 3

For Bath:
Pen: Homer

Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Seb Davies, 5 James Down, 4 George Earle, 3 Tau Filise, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rhys Gill
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 Kirby Myhill, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Nicky Robinson, 23 Cory Allen

Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Max Clark, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Paul Grant, 7 Tom Ellis, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Kane Palma Newport, 19 Guy Mercer, 20 Michael Van Vuuren, 21 Will Homer, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Jeff Williams

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland) Assistant
Referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland)

Worcester 33-20 Dragons

Amazingly, all of Worcester's points were scored in the second half as the Dragons took a 6-0 half-time lead thanks to a penalty and drop goal from Angus O'Brien.

The Warriors opened their account right after the break when Val Rapava Ruskin went over for a five-pointer. Dean Hammond scored a second just two minutes later and suddenly the home side were 10-6 ahead.

Worcester were awarded two penalty tries which Connor Braid both converted which further extended their lead and when Max Stelling scored in the 73rd minute the writing was on the wall. 

But the Dragons weren't finished as Ashton Hewitt scored a brace in the space of two minutes to add some respectability to the score.

The scorers:

For Worcester:
Tries: Ruskin, Hammond, Stelling, Penalty Try 2
Cons: Braid 4

For Dragons:
Tries: Hewitt 2
Cons: O'Brien 2
Pen: O'Brien
Drop Goal: O'Brien

Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Ben Howard, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Connor Braid, 9 George DeCothi, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Carl Kirwan, 6 Sam Betty, 5 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 4 Will Spencer, 3 Bi Alo, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Mike Daniels, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Huw Taylor, 21 Charlie Hewitt, 22 Jamie Shillcock, 23 Andy Short

Dragons: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Tyler Morgan, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Ashton Hewitt, 10 Angus O'Brien, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lewis Evans, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 James Thomas, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Jones, 23 Jack Dixon

Referee: Thomas Charabas (France)
Assistant Referees: Sébastien Minery (France), Luc Ramos (France)

Edinburgh 28-23 Stade Français

This was in impressive performance from Edinburgh, who struggled in the first half and played the majority of the second half with just 14 men after Phil Burleigh received a red card in the 56th minute.

Stade has the upper hand in the first 40. Waisea Nayacalevu scored after just four minutes. Morne Steyn added the extras and four minutes later kicked a drop goal to give his side a 10-0 lead early on. 

Sekou Macalou extending their lead even further with his own five-pointer before Steyn and Duncan Weir exchanged penalties before half time as Stade took a 20-3 lead into the second half.

But Edinburgh fought back in the second 40, starting with a try from Damien Hoylan. Ben Toolis followed suit shortly after to reduce the deficit to just five points. 

Steyn kicked another penalty in the 59th minute right after Burleigh has been sent off, but the hosts hit back almost immediately through Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. Weir's extras made it a one-point game before he added two more penalties to complete the comeback and seal the result.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Hoyland, Tooliss, Hidalgo-Clyne
Cons: Weir 2
Pens: Weir 2
Red Card: Burleigh

For Stade Français:
Tries: Nayacalevu, Macalou
Cons: Steyn 2
Pens: Steyn 2
Drop Goal: Steyn

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 William Helu, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Viliame Mata, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Cornell Du Preez, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Jason Tovey, 23 Glenn Bryce

Stade Français: 15 Jérémy Sinzelle, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Josaia Raisuqe, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Will Genia, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Mathieu De Giovanni, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Laurent Panis, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Emmanuel Felsina, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Patrick Sio, 21 Clement Daguin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Théo Millet

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
Assistant Referees: Dean Richards (England), Andrew Pearce (England)
TMO: David Sainsbury (England)