Challenge Cup wrap: Bath see off Bristol

Date published: October 20 2016

There were victories for Stade Français, Bath and La Rochelle in the three Challenge Cup fixtures that took place on Thursday.

Stade Français sealed five points against Timisoara Saracens, with La Rochelle doing the same against Bayonne while Bath beat Bristol.

Stade Français 27-0 Timisoara Saracens

Stade Français bounced back from last Thursday's defeat to Harlequins as they overcame Timisoara Saracens 27-0 at Stade Jean-Bouin.

The Parisians were leading 22-0 at the break thanks to tries from Jules Plisson, Faraj Fartass and Djibril Camara, with Morné Steyn sending over seven points off the tee as he started at fly-half with Plisson outside.

However, there was a scoreless spell from 20 minutes gone until 53 minutes before Sylvain Nicolas finally broke the deadlock for 27-0.

But that was the lot in terms of points in Paris as Stade hardly wowed their supporters en route to a sloppy bonus-point victory at home.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Tries: Plisson, Fartass, Camara, Nicolas
Cons: Steyn 2
Pen: Steyn

Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Théo Millet, 12 Jules Plisson, 11 Ratu Alipate Ratini, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Mathieu De Giovanni, 3 Zak Taulafo, 2 Laurent Panis, 1 Zurabi Zhvania
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Emmanuel Felsina, 18 Giorgi Melikidze, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Raphael Lakafia, 21 Arthur Coville, 22 Meyer Bosman, 23 Faraj Fartass

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 Randall Morrison, 5 Valentin Poparlan, 4 Ionut Muresan, 3 Edmund Aholelei, 2 Andrei Radoi, 1 Gigi Militaru
Replacements: 16 Eugen Capatina, 17 Sione Taupaki, 18 Samuel Maris, 19 Marian Gorcioaia, 20 Madalin Lemnaru, 21 Daniel Vladut Zaharia, 22 Daniel Ianus, 23 Tevita Manumua

Referee: Tom Foley (England)
Assistant Referees: John Meredith (England), Peter Allan (England)

Bath 22-6 Bristol

Bath made it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup as they saw off rivals Bristol 22-6 in a low-scoring affair at the Recreation Ground.

It took until the 80th minute for a try to be scored and it was in-form centre Matt Banahan who crossed, with Rhys Priestland converting.

Bath led from the seventh minute as Priestland nudged them in front and with a Billy Searle penalty for Bristol, it ended 9-3 at half-time.

Penalties remained the order of the night at the Rec as Bath went 15-6 ahead before Banahan scored in the closing stages for the gloss.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Try: Banahan
Con: Priestland
Pens: Priestland 5

For Bristol:
Pens: Searle, Geraghty

Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Aled Brew; 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Will Homer, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Michael Van Vuuren, 1 Nick Auterac
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Shaun Knight, 18 Kane Palma Newport, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Dan Bowden, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni

Bristol: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Ryan Edwards, 13 Jack Tovey, 12 Will Hurrell, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Jonathan Fisher, 6 Mitch Eadie, 5 James Phillips, 4 Ian Evans, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Chris Brooker, 1 Kyle Traynor
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Jack O’Connell, 18 James Hall, 19 Giorgi Nemsadze, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Jack Wallace

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Joy Neville (Ireland) Clare Daniels (England)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

La Rochelle 51-24 Bayonne

La Rochelle climbed five points above Gloucester in Pool 1 of the Challenge Cup after they comfortably overcame Bayonne 51-24 on Thursday.

La Rochelle began well and were 36-10 up at half-time as Romain Sazy, Charles Bouldoire (2), Jason Eaton and Steeve Barry scored tries.

In reply Martin Laveau scored for Bayonne while Lucas Meret added five points off the tee but it looked like a mountain was in front of them.

It was more of the same for La Rochelle after the interval as replacement Arthur Retiere and Levani Botia crossed before the hour mark to make it 46-17, with Pablo Huete having scored on 43 minutes to give the Stade Marcel Deflandre visitors some slim hope. It was shortlived.

La Rochelle would add their eighth try of the game on 72 minutes when subsitute Leandro Cedaro scored to put the seal on a superb win.

The scorers:

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Sazy, Bouldoire (2), Eaton, Barry, Retiere, Botia, Cedaro
Cons: James 4
Pen: James

For Bayonne:
Tries: Laveau, Huete, Penalty Try
Cons: Meret 2, Rouet
Pen: Meret

La Rochelle: 15 Charles Bouldoire, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Elliot Roudil, 12 Kini Murimurivalu, 11 Steve Barry, 10 Brock James, 9 Anthony Fuertes, 8 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 7 Romain Sazy, 6 Jason Eaton, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Luc Mousset, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Leo Cedaro, 20 Afa Amosa, 21 Arthur Retiere, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Botia Veivuke

Bayonne: 15 Ryan Tongia, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Lucas Meret, 9 Bastien Duhalde, 8 Pieter Jan Van Lill, 7 Dion Evrard Oulai, 6 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 5 Pablo Huete, 4 Guillaume Ducat, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Gregory Arganese, 1 Jérôme Schuster
Replacements: 16 David Menage, 17 Adrien Bordenave, 18 Richard Choirat, 19 Adam Jaulhac, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Maile Mamao, 22 Julien Jane, 23 Jean-Blaise Lespinasse

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Wayne Falla (England)
TMO: Keith Lewis (England)