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Challenge Cup Wrap: English victors

08th December 2013 17:11


Noah Cato NEWCASTLE Falcons

Two tries: Noah Cato

Newcastle Falcons were heavy 37-15 winners over indisciplined Italian side Calvisano in Sunday's opening Challenge Cup fixture.

Five-pointers from Zack Kibirige, Chris York, a penalty try and a brace from winger Noah Cato were enough to secure both the win and the bonus point for the Premiership outfit.

The match brought about a total of six yellow cards, with four dished out to the visiting Italians.

Calvisano's two tries came from Michele Visentin and number eight Braam Steyn.

But the result was rarely in doubt, with Dean Richards' men always likely to prove too strong on their home turf.

The scorers:

For Newcastle Falcons:
Tries: Kibirige, Cato 2, Penalty, York
Cons: Clegg 3
Pens: Clegg 2

For Calvisano:
Tries: Visentin, Steyn
Con: Haimona
Pen: Haimona

The teams:

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Noah Cato, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Alex Crockett (c), 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Chris York, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Harrison Collins, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Sean Tomes, 3 Scott Wilson, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Grant Shiells.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Gary Strain, 18 Rob Vickers, 19 Will Welch, 20 Richard Mayhew, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Joel Hodgson, 23 Alex Tait.

Calvisano: 15 Ben De Jager, 14 Pablo Canavosio, 13 Andy Vilk, 12 Tommy Castello, 11 Michele Visentin, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Simon Picone, 8 Braam Steyn, 7 Maxime Mbanda, 6 Nicola Belardo, 5 Agustin Cavalieri, 4 Michele Andreotti, 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Luigi Ferraro, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Gavazzi, 17 Luca Scarsini, 18 Salvatore Costanzo, 19 Paino Hehea, 20 Stefano Scanferla, 21 Paul Griffen, 22 Alberto Chiesa, 23 Alberto Bergamo.

Referee: Cedric Marchat (France)

London Irish 24-13 Stade Francais

London Irish completed a brace of victories for English sides in the Challenge Cup with an impressive 24-13 win over Stade Francais at the Madejski Stadium.

Irish scored tries through Tom Fowlie and Alex Lewington, with Stade hitting back thanks to an Olivier Misoup five-pointer.

But 14 points from the boot of Shane Geraghty saw the home side through.

The scorers:

For London Irish:
Tries: Fowlie, Lewington
Con: Geraghty
Pens: Geraghty 4
Yellow Cards: Rouse, Mulchrone, Mayhew

For Stade Francais:
Try: Misoup
Con: Porical
Pens: Porical 2
Yellow Cards: Camara, Sempere

The teams:

London Irish: 15 Alex Lewington, 14 Tom Fowlie, 13 Fergus Mulchrone, 12 Guy Armitage, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Shane Geraghty (c), 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Chris Hala'ufia, 7 Jebb Sinclair, 6 Kieran Low, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Nick Rouse, 3 Leo Halavatau, 2 Jimmy Stevens, 1 John Yapp.
Replacements: 16 Michael Mayhew, 17 Matt Parr, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Johnny Harris, 20 Blair Cowan, 21 Eamonn Sheridan, 22 Myles Dorrian, 23 Tomas O'Leary.

Stade Français: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Herman Meyer Bosman, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Richard Kingi, 8 David Lyons, 7 Pierre Rabadan (c), 6 Scott Lavalla, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempéré, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 David Attoub, 19 Pascal Papé, 20 Olivier Missoup, 21 Julien Dupuy, 22 Peter Lydon, 23 Hugo Bonneval.

Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

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