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14th December 2008 18:24

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On the double: Saints star Ben Foden crosses for the first of his two tries against Bristol

Northampton Saints completed back-to-back victories over Bristol to book their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Scrum-half Ben Foden sealed a bonus-point win with the first and last of the Saints' four tries either side of scores from Jon Clarke and Chris Mayor at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

But they were forced to survive a late scare as Bristol rallied from 25-9 down to snatch a losing bonus point through tries from Lee Robinson and Luke Arscott.

Victory at the Memorial Ground ensures Northampton will top the pool with two rounds still to play, having taken a maximum 20 points from their first four games.

Meanwhile, Saracens have one foot in the last eight after beating Bayonne 36-0 in a fiery game at Vicarage Road that saw five yellow cards.

Gordon Ross kicked Saracens into a 12-0 lead before Neil de Kock sent Kameli Ratuvou over for the opening try on 30 minutes.

However, the half ended with Nicolas Laffite, Census Johnston and Julian Fiorini all in the sin-bin in a bad-tempered clash.

De Kock, Noah Cato and Chris Jack all scored in the second half to clinch a bonus point before Hugh Vyvyan and Anthony Etchegaray were sin-binned for fighting.

Elsewhere, Newcastle Falcons struggled for the second week in a row to shake off Overmach Parma before holding out for a 21-16 win at Kingston Park.

Jamie Noon looked to have put the Falcons on course at the start of the second half with the Falcons' third try, following scores from Rob Miller and Micky Young.

But Parma replacement Juan Martin Soffredini crashed over on 58 minutes to salvage a losing bonus point for the Italians that leaves Pool Four in the balance.

Newcastle are now two points behind leaders Brive who eased to a comfortable victory at Cetransa El Salvador.

Former England wing Ben Cohen clinched a bonus-point with the fourth of Brive's nine tries in a 55-5 win in Spain.

Forthcoming Fixtures
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Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale15:15
Castres vs Leinster13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
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Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Brive vs Zebre18:30
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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Recent Results
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Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
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London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
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Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
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Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
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LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
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Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
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ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
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Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
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Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
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