Tries aplenty in Challenge Cup
CHALLENGE CUP FRIDAY WRAP: A total of 24 tries were scored in the four European Challenge Cup matches played on Friday with each winning side bagging a bonus point.
Four tries in 11-minutes enabled Newport Gwent Dragons to haul themselves back from a 13-16 deficit to beat Brive 37-16 at Rodney Parade. Thomas Laranjeira had put the French side ahead midway through the second half before the Dragons started their brutal onslaught.
Meanwhile, Ospreys enjoyed a dream debut as they ran-in seven tries to thrash Newcastle Falcons 45-0. The Welsh region turned on the style from the start to command through Welsh half back pair Dan Biggar, who notched his 500th European point, and Rhys Webb.
Elsewhere, Lyon made it two wins out of two against Grenoble as they picked up a bonus-point in the last move of the match to clinch a 39-13 win while Cardiff Blues produced a powerful display to claim a potentially crucial bonus-point win away at Bristol in Pool Four.
All Friday's scores and scorers!
Ospreys 45-0 Newcastle Falcons
Ashley Beck dotted down to make it 19-0 at half-time and Newcastle had no answer when Steve Tandy's side ran riot after the break. Scott Baldwin was shunted over to bag the bonus-point try before Justin Tipuric scored a stunning solo try.
here was still time for 18-year-old wing Keelan Giles to bag a quick-fire brace to send a statement to the Ospreys' Pool Two rivals.
Despite their long trip south, it was the Falcons who had the better of the opening exchanges. Olympic silver medallist Marcus Watson caused unrest in the Ospreys defence but the visitors failed to turn their early dominance into points.
But Webb showed them how it was done after 20 minutes when he produced a moment of magic to send Biggar past 500 European points. The Wales star pulled off a trademark snipe to go past Newcastle prop David Wilson before sending Biggar in under the posts. The flyhalf converted his score to put his side 7-0 up.
Webb took things into his own hands five minutes later to put the Ospreys in control. The 22-cap international collected his own delicate chip over the Falcons defence to crash over, with Biggar converting for a 14-0 lead.
And there was still time before the break for a third try. Centre Beck received an offload from Keelan Giles and darted down the wing to score and give the hosts a 19-0 half-time lead. It took 14 second-half minutes for the hosts to bag the bonus-point when Baldwin was shunted over from a driving lineout before Tipuric scored a contender for try of the season.
The Wales flank broke clear on halfway before kicking ahead and racing past the Newcastle defence to collect and score. And it got even worse for the faltering Falcons when Giles found space on the wing to chip ahead and score.
He was at it again moments later, receiving a scoring pass from debutant Rhodri Jones to dot-down at the corner to make it 45-0.
Tries: Biggar, Webb, Beck, Baldwin, Tipuric, Giles 2
Cons: Biggar 5
For Newcastle Falcons: None
Ospreys: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Ben John, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Rory Thornton, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 James King, 21 Thomas Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Josh Matavesi.
Newcastle Falcons: 15 Brett Connon, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Fred Burdon (captain), 12 Craig Willis, 11 Belisario Agulla, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Micky Young, 8 Harrison Orr, 7 Dan Temm, 6 Glen Young, 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Will Witty, 3 David Wilson, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Alex Rogers.
Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Sam Lockwood, 18 Andy Foster, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Callum Chick, 21 Sam Egerton, 22 Juan Socino, 23 Alex Tait.
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Grenoble 13-39 Lyon
The home side got off to a flying start with a try after only five minutes through Loick Jammes which Giles Bosch converted. They were still in touch after 30 minutes but then lost their way in the second half.
Cameron Mapusua crossed for the first of Lyon's four tries to enable Jacques Potgieter to level the scores. Potgieter and Bosch then had their own private kicking duel over the remainder of the half, with the former landing three penalties to Bosch's two to give Lyon a 16-13 interval lead.
Potgieter then added two more penalties in the opening few minutes of the second half before Thibaut Regard powered over for a second try. Now the race was on for a bonus point for the visitors but they had to wait until the final five minutes before reaching their goal.
Deon Fourie crossed five minutes from time and then Henry Clunies-Ross bagged the bonus point with a try in the last minute. Potgieter added the conversion to take his match tally to 19 points.
Pens: Bosch 2
Tries: Mapusua, Regard, Fourie, Clunies-Ross
Cons: Potgieter 2
Pens: Potgieter 5
Yellow cards: Sami Mavinga (Lyon), Ali Oz (Grenoble)
Grenoble: 15 Bastien Guillemin, 14 Sisa Ledua Waqa, 13 Xavier Mignot, 12 Tino Nemani, 11 Edward Dratai Sawailau, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Fabien Alexandre, 7 Kevin Kornath, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Mickael Capelli, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Walter Desmaison, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Alexandre Dardet.
Replacements: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Dylan Jacquot, 18 Ali Oz, 19 Steven Giroud, 20 Loic Baradel, 21 Jeremy Valencot, 22 David Mele, 23 Pierre Mignot.
Lyon: 15 Romain Loursac, 14 Franck Romanet, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Thibaut Regard, 11 Henry Clunies-Ross, 10 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Dylan Cretin, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 Simon Christian Njewel, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 David Attoub, 2 Cameron Mapusua, 1 Sami Mavinga.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Tornike Mataradze, 18 Hamza Kaabèche, 19 Maselino Paulino, 20 Didier Tison, 21 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Augustin Figuerola.
Referee: Dudley Philips (Ireland)
Newport Gwent Dragons 37-16 Brive
Captain Lewis Evans scored the first in a breathtaking spell that included further tries from Cory Hill, Hallam Amos and Adam Warren, who all crossed within minutes of each other as the visitors crumbled in the final quarter.
Rynard Landman scored the hosts' other try in the early exchanges of the first half with flyhalf Larenjeira scoring all Brive's points. The Dragons raced to a 13-0 lead early in the first half through two quick-fire Nick MacLeod penalties and Landman's try at the posts.
But Brive eased their way back into it through the classy Laranjeira as he delicately gathered his own grubber kick to slide in under the bar. The visitors soon found themselves level when the flyhalf added two penalties either side of Macleod's missed kick from 35 metres.
The two sides locked horns after the interval as Macleod skewed an early penalty attempt for the Dragons and was soon replaced by Angus O'Brien. Laranjeira capitalised on the error as he made no mistake with a simple kick in front of the posts to put Brive ahead for the first time.
But Newport came roaring back scoring two tries in five minutes in a pulsating middle spell. Evans had enough strength to wrestle his way over in the 63rd minute before Cory Hill battled his way across the try-line.
And it soon got better as Sam Beard's clever cross kick found Amos in the corner before Warren punched a hole in the Brive defence to put the seal on the win.
For Newport Gwent Dragons:
Tries: Landman, Evans, Hill, Amos, Warren
Cons: MacLeod, O'Brien 2
Pens: MacLeod 2
Pens: Laranjeira 3
Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Nick MacLeod, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Lewis Evans (captain), 6 James Thomas, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Tom Davies.
Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Phil Price, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Sam Beard.
Brive: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Elia Radikedike, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Christopher Tuatara, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Petrus Hauman (captain), 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 William Whetton, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Vivien Devisme.
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Damien Lavergne, 18 Soso Bekoshvili, 19 Jan Uys, 20 Péniami Narisia, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Taku Ngwenya, 23 Sevanaia Galala.
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
Bristol 20-33 Cardiff Blues
Bristol marked their return to European rugby with the game's opening try through hooker Max Crumpton but Ray Lee-Lo, Josh Turnbull, Alex Cuthbert and Tom James all hit back as visitors Cardiff finished with maximum points.
Bristol replacement Joe Joyce went over in the final seconds but it was too late to claim anything for Andy Robinson's side, still without a win this season.
Tom Varndell saw an early try ruled for a foot in touch after a clever exchange between Adrian Jarvis and Thretton Palamo but hooker Crumpton finished a lineout drive from close range on 15 minutes. But Bristol conceded far too many penalties and allowed Anscombe to keep Cardiff within a point at 10-9 with three penalties.
Jarvis kicked his second after Cardiff and Wales fullback Matthew Morgan was shown a yellow card for a high-tackle just a yard from his own try line. But Cardiff seized control of the tie with three tries in an 18-minute spell either side of half-time.
Even though there were down to 14 men, Blues struck twice before the break from lineout drives as they were richly rewarded for kicking to touch, rather than at goal. The first was finished by centre Lee-Lo when he touched down Anscombe's delicate chip over the on-rushing defence.
Bristol then lost flank Nick Koster to the sin bin, also for a high tackle, and opposite number Turnbull capitalised when he finished a powerful drive. Anscombe missed the conversion but Blues lead 21-13.
Cardiff then claimed their third try just seven minutes into the second half, set up by their scrum that had much the better of the Bristol pack. Nick Williams made a break for the blindside, where he was halted by the combined efforts of David Lemi and Koster. But Cardiff kept the ball alive and Cuthbert barged his way between the posts.
The bonus point now looked inevitable but it was not until Steve Shingler's break ended two phases later with his scoring pass to Wales wing James eight minutes from time that Cardiff had all five points in the bag.
Gethin Jenkins, a late replacement, was shown a yellow card for infringing at a ruck and Joyce crashed over in the final seconds, converted by Billy Searle.
Tries: Crumpton, Joyce
Cons: Jarvis, Seale
Pens: Jarvis 2
For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Lee-Lo, Turnbull, Cuthbert, James
Cons: Anscombe 2
Pens: Anscombe 3
Yellow cards: Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues), Nick Koster (Bristol), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)
Bristol: 15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Jack Tovey, 12 Thretton Palamo, 11 David Lemi (captain), 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Mitch Eadie, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Nick Koster, 5 Ben Glynn, 4 Ian Evans, 3 Gaston Cortes, 2 Max Crumpton, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Jack O'Connell, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Joe Joyce, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Luke Arscott.
Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Steven Shingler, 11 Tom James, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Macauley Cook, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 James Down, 20 Cam Dolan, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Dan Fish.
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)