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Amlin Challenge Cup wrap: Thursday

17th November 2011 21:45

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Lewis Evans Newport Gwent Dragons

Lewis Evans: Early try for Dragons

The Dragons made it back-to-back wins in the Amlin Challenge Cup after beating Perpignan 23-13 at Rodney Parade on Thursday.

The hosts outscored the French club two tries to one, with the visitors bagging a consolation five-pointer at the death to give the scoreline a bit more respect.

The victory takes the Dragons into pole position in Pool 4, as the Welsh side move five points clear at the top of table.

It was a dominant display from the home side, who opened a 7-0 lead early on in the match thanks to a try by loose forward Lewis Evans which was set up and then converted by fly-half Jason Tovey.

Tovey then added a penalty ten minutes later to stretch his side's lead.

The Dragons kept the pressure on and were over for try number two, this time Adam Jones touching down and again Tovey adding the conversion.

Perpignan pivot James Hook grabbed three points back for his side just before the break with a penalty of his own to take the scores to 17-3 in favour of the Dragons at half-time.

Hook then struck first after the interval kicking his second penalty after 48 minutes. Perpignan's pack tried their upmost to drive their team back into the game, but couldn't break down the Dragons spirit.

Tovey kept the scoreboard ticking over with two quick-fire drop-goals to stretch his side's advantage even further before Adrien Plante crossed for a late consolation for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Bayonne also remain unbeaten in the competition after sweeping past Bordeaux-Begles 20-3 at Stade Jean Dauger.

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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Preview
Friday , October 24
Brive vs Zebre18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Sunday , October 19
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
Saturday , October 18
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Friday , October 17
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Thursday , October 16
Gloucester 55 - 0 BriveGloucester vs Brive Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
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Pool 1
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1London Irish15
2Cardiff Blues15
3Rovigo10
4Grenoble10
Pool 2
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Connacht15
2Bayonne14
3Exeter11
4La Rochelle10
Pool 3
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Newcastle Falcons15
2Dragons15
3Bucuresti10
4Stade Francais10
Pool 4
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1LOU Rugby15
2Edinburgh14
3Bordeaux-Begles11
4London Welsh10
Pool 5
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Gloucester15
2Oyonnax14
3Zebre10
4Brive10