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Amlin Challenge Cup wrap: Thursday

10th November 2011 22:12

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Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi: Man of the match

Stade Franšais centre Felipe Contepomi kicked six penalties to help his team to an opening 23-14 Amlin Challenge Cup win over Worcester at Sixways on Thursday.

The hosts outscored their French visitors two tries to one, however Contepomi's boot and the Warriors ill-discipline ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides in this Pool 1 clash.

The Pumas skipper led the way as Stade Franšais stormed back from 14-0 down to claim a superb come-from-behind victory.

Worcester put themselves in the driving seat early on thanks to tries from captain Chris Pennell and Marcel Garvey, converted by Joe Carlisle, in the opening 12 minutes.

But Contepomi's contribution of 18 points from the tee and a try from former England winger Paul Sackey put the game beyond the Warriors who, after such a brilliant start, failed to even claim a losing bonus point.

Meanwhile, Toulon opened their Amlin Challenge Cup account with a 53-22 victory over a spirited Petrarca outfit.

After leading the Italians by just five points at half-time (22-17), Toulon produced a clinical second-half performance - scoring four tries - to put the result beyond doubt.

Petrarca took a surprise 6-0 lead early on thanks to two penalties from Irishman Eoghan Hickey, but the hosts then took control scoring three tries in the space of eight minutes through prop Levan Chilachava, Baptiste Bonnet and Romain Frou - Toulon pivot fly-half Julien Dumora adding two conversions.

Hickey then narrowed the deficit with his third shot at goal before lock Agustin Cavalieri touched down for the Italians' first try. Hickey missed the conversion but added another penalty three minutes later.

Toulon had the last say of the first forty minutes when Dumora slotted over a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Toulon began the second period in style. First Christian Loamanu touched down, followed by Benjamin Lapeyre to give the French side a healthy 34-17 lead.

A penalty try and a score from Xavier Chiocci kept the scoreboard ticking over for the 2010 Amlin Challenge Cup finalists before Scott Palmer grabbed one back for Petrarca.

Alafoti Faosiliva rounded off the scoring, touching down six minutes from time to take Toulon through the fifty point barrier.

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FixtureDetails
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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , December 4
La Rochelle vs Exeter19:45
Friday , December 5
Brive vs Oyonnax18:30
Grenoble vs Rovigo18:30
Newcastle vs Stade Francais20:00
Saturday , December 6
Bucuresti vs Newport Gwent D'gonsTBC
Cardiff Blues vs London Irish15:15
Connacht vs Bayonne17:00
Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby19:45
Sunday , December 7
Edinburgh vs London Welsh14:00
Gloucester vs Zebre15:15
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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Saturday , October 25
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
Friday , October 24
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-Begles
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Pool 1
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1London Irish210
2Cardiff Blues210
3Rovigo20
4Grenoble20
Pool 2
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Exeter26
2Connacht25
3La Rochelle24
4Bayonne24
Pool 3
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Newcastle Falcons29
2Dragons26
3Stade Francais24
4Bucuresti21
Pool 4
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Edinburgh28
2Bordeaux-Begles26
3LOU Rugby25
4London Welsh20
Pool 5
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Gloucester29
2Oyonnax24
3Zebre24
4Brive21