Challenge Cup Wrap: Saturday

Date published: December 13 2014

London Irish powered past Cardiff Blues in the big game in Pool One of the Challenge Cup to give themselves the edge in the quarter-final race.

Elsewhere Gloucester and Exeter picked up comfortable wins over Zebre and Exeter respectively.

And Grenoble and Oyonnax were also victorious, seeing off Rovigo and Brive, to stay in the hunt for the knock-out stages.

Femi-CZ Rovigo 17-20 Grenoble
Stadio Mario Battaglini

Grenoble made it ten points from a possible ten against Rovigo but were pushed all the way by the Italians.

Hooker Laurent Bouchet went over twice, while Robinson Caire and Chris Farrell ensured they had the bonus point.

However three yellow cards, to Geoffrey Messina, Thibault Rey and Louis Marrou allowed Rovigo to stay in touch.

In fact the French side played most of the last ten minutes with 13 men Grenoble held on to a three-point lead for the win.

The scorers:

For Rovigo:
Try: Caffini
Pens: Farolini 4

For Grenoble:
Tries: Bouchet 2, Caire, Farrell
Yellow Cards: Messina, Rey, Marrou

Rovigo: 15 Davide Farolini, 14 Ross Stewart McCann, 13 Denis Majstorovic, 12 Joe Van Niekerk, 11 Lorenzo Lubian, 10 Luciano Javier Rodriguez, 9 Marco Frati, 8 Emiliano Caffini 7 Edoardo Lubian, 6 Edoardo Ruffolo, 5 Jean-Fran