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EPCR Round 2

AFTER two highly competitive rounds, Edinburgh Rugby are the only club with a maximum 10 points. Four clubs have two wins: Newcastle Falcons, Cardiff Blues, Pau and Connacht Rugby. There were a total of six away wins in Round 2 registered by Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Pau, Dragons and London Irish.

In Pool 1, Newcastle’s 21-20 success against Bordeaux-Bègles in front of a 17,211 attendance at Stade Chaban-Delmas was their first win in France since they defeated Albi in the 2009/10 season.

“We came in a little bit down at half-time but we just reiterated that if we were accurate the holes would open up for us to score. There were a couple of tries that went begging so we’re disappointed in some respects with the first half, but much happier with the second. Every game they’ve played this season Bordeaux have flown out of the blocks, and tonight was no different. They do it well, but it’s just having that longevity beyond 60 minutes that they struggle with. We knew that, we’d done our analysis and we just knew we had to stay in the game,” observed Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby. In Moscow, the Dragons’ 28-21 success against Enisei-STM was their 50th competition match.

The achievement of the round arguably goes to the Blues in Pool 2 who edged out Toulouse 17-15 at Stade Ernest Wallon after four previous defeats on French soil by the four-time European Cup winners.

"I can't stop smiling,” grinned Cardiff Blues captainKristian Dacey. “It was a massive win. It was a huge honour firstly, to captain the side. I've been here for seven years and I've always looked up to the guys who have gone before in the past. I said I will give 100 per cent to you but you have to give 100 per cent to me and as you saw on the field, the boys didn't leave anything out there. Toulouse picked a mental team when you actually look at it on paper but that just shows the belief we have in each other and the confidence we can use going forward."

Also in Pool 2, Sale Sharks’ Andrei Ostrikov leads the tackling statistics after two rounds with 39, despite their 24-27 loss to Lyon at the Matmut Stadium.

Pau moved to the top of the ranks in Pool 3 after dramatically came back from 17-0 down to get the better of Zebre Rugby Club at Stadio Lanfranchi, and have now won back-to-back fixtures in the competition for the first time since the 2004/05 season. Gloucester heaped a cherry and white-wash on Agen at Kingsholm, running in nine tries in front of a home crowd in their 61-16 win.

Pool 4 saw London Irish captain, Topsy Ojo was the star turn in an impressive 44-7 victory at Stade Français. Making a record 281st appearance for his club, Ojo scored twice to move up to 20 competition tries and joint second place on the all-time list with Richard Haughton. Holders Stade Français have made a disappointing start to the defence of their title with two defeats. However, last season, they lost two of their first three pool matches before going on to triumph in Edinburgh.

The same morning, in-form Edinburgh sent club records tumbling with their comprehensive 73-14 win over Krasny Yar in Moscow. 73 points was their highest score in the competition and 59 their biggest margin of victory. Their 10 tries and nine conversions were also club records. Krasny Yar back row, Victor Gresev, has made the most carries to date with an impressive 45.

“It was a great win for them last weekend so I thought our mentality towards the game was excellent – the travel, early kick-off and all those things. We started well and we kept the pressure on,’’ commented Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill.

Last but not least, in Pool 5, Brive racked up five tries over Oyonnax in a 38-13 home win on Friday night, while in Ireland on Saturday, Connacht kept Worcester Warriors in second place in the table with a narrow 15-8 win.

"I wouldn't call it a good performance, we got a good win,” reflectedKieran Keane, Connacht Rugby Head Coach. “I was pretty happy about the fact that we won, it probably would have been tragic had we had lost it but I thought it was a slip back, to be honest. I was a bit disappointed with our level. I thought we were a bit average compared to what we have been in the last couple of weeks. We made some changes and that was largely to freshen our squad and create competition that we want to have within the squad. People are getting opportunities but not everybody is taking them."


POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 21 - 28 DRAGONSDragons

Slava Stadium - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 0-14 Att: 800

ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, Jurijs Baranovs, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Igor Kurashov, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Maxim Gargalic, Anton Rudoy BENCH: Nazir Gasanov, Valery Morozov, Vladimir Podrezov, Evgeny Elgin, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Sergey Trishin, Vitalii Orlov

SCORERS T: Selskii, PT, Rudoy C: Kushnarev (2)

DRAGONS: Hallam Amos, Jared Rosser, Tyler Morgan, Pat Howard, George Gasson, Angus O'Brien, Sarel Pretorius, Luke Garrett, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Joe Davies, CORY HILL (C), Aaron Wainwright, Ollie Griffiths, James Benjamin BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Tom Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, James Thomas, Charlie Davies, Gavin Henson, Adam Warren

SCORERS T: Hill, Rosser, Amos, Charlie Davies C: O'Brien (3), Henson

Man of the Match: Mikheil Gachechiladze

Referee: Ian Tempest


Bordeaux BeglesBORDEAUX-BÈGLES 20 - 21 NEWCASTLE Newcastle Falcons

Stade Chaban-Delmas - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 18:30 HT: 17-7 Att: 17,211

BORDEAUX: Matthieu Jalibert, Nans Ducuing, Pablo Uberti, Apisai Naqalevu, Jean-Baptiste Dubié, Simon Hickey, Yann Lesgourgues, Sébastien Taofifenua, Adrien Pélissié, Vadim Cobilas, Luke Jones, JANDRÉ MARAIS (C), Marco Tauleigne, Alexandre Roumat, Leroy Houston BENCH: Ole Avei, Thierry Paiva, Marc Clerc, Johan Aliouat, Cameron Woki, Jules Gimbert, Christian Schoeman, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina

SCORERS T: Tauleigne, Taofifenua C: Hickey (2) P: Hickey (2) Yellow Card Dubie

FALCONS: Alex Tait, Chris Harris, Maxime Mermoz, Josh Matavesi, Adam Radwan, Toby Flood, Sam Stuart, Rob Vickers, Scott Lawson, Jon Welsh, Calum Green, Sean Robinson, WILL WELCH (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Ben Sowrey, Sami Mavinga, Scott Wilson, Glen Young, Mark Wilson, Micky Young, Cam Cowell, Craig Willis

SCORERS T: Burrows, Flood, Welsh C: Flood (3) Yellow Card Tait

Man of the Match: Yann Lesgourgues

Referee: Frank Murphy




POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 2

Lyon Olympique UniversitaireLYON 27 - 24 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 19:30 HT: 10-14 Att: 12,863

Lyon Sale Sharks P2 Round 2

LYON: Delon Armitage, Jone Tuva, Theo Belan, Adrien Seguret, Alexis Palisson, Lionel Beauxis, Jonathan Pelissié, Alexandre Menini, Virgile Lacombe, Guram Papidze, Felix Lambey, Etienne Oosthuizen, JULIEN PURICELLI (C), Liam Gill, Tai Tu'ifua BENCH: Deon Fourie, Tornike Mataradze, Hamza Kaabèche, Hendrik Roodt, Virgile Bruni, Thibaut Regard, Rudi Wulf, Frederic Michalak

SCORERS T: Armitage, Gill, Belan C: Beauxis, Michalak (2) P: Beauxis, Michalak

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Sam James, Mark Jennings, Josh Charnley, James O'Connor, FAF DE KLERK (C), Ross Harrison, Rob Webber, WillGriff John, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Ben Curry, Sam Moore BENCH: Marc Jones, James Flynn, Alexandru Tarus, George Nott, Laurence Pearce, David Seymour, Will Cliff, Aaron Reed

SCORERS T: Solomona, James (2) C: de Klerk (3) P: de Klerk

Man of the Match: Liam Gill

Referee: Mike Adamson


ToulouseTOULOUSE 15 - 17 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Stade Ernest Wallon - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 21:00 HT: 15-10 Att: 12,245

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune, JEAN-MARC DOUSSAIN (C), Antoine Dupont, Rodrigue Neti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Dorian Aldegheri, Piula Fa'asalele, Yoann Maestri, Semi Kunatani, Francois Cros, Gillian Galan BENCH: David Roumieu, Clément Castets, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, Rynhardt Elstadt, Sébastien Bézy, Romain Ntamack, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Ntamack, Dupont C: Ntamack P: Ntamack Yellow Card Elstadt

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Blaine Scully, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams, Corey Domachowski, KRISTIAN DACEY (C), Tau Filise, James Down, Damian Welch, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Nick Williams BENCH: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Olly Robinson, Lloyd Williams, Steven Shingler, Willis Halaholo

SCORERS T: Nick Williams, Cook C: Evans (2) P: Evans Yellow Card Cuthbert, Shingler

Man of the Match: Matthew Morgan

Referee: Tom Foley




POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 3

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 61 - 16 AGENAgen

Kingsholm Stadium - Thursday 19 October 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 28-9 Att: 9,489

Gloucester Rugby Agen P3 Round 2

GLOUCESTER: Jason Woodward, Henry Purdy, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, David Halaifonua, Billy Burns, Ben Vellacott, Josh Hohneck, James Hanson, Gareth Denman, TOM SAVAGE (C), Charlie Beckett, Jake Polledri, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Morgan BENCH: Richard Hibbard, Cameron Orr, John Afoa, Freddie Clarke, Jacob Rowan, Willi Heinz, Billy Twelvetrees, Callum Braley

SCORERS T: Vellacott (2), Trinder, Morgan, Savage, Purdy, Williams, Hibbard, Polledri C: Burns (6), Williams

AGEN: Loris Tolot, Lucas Tolot, Alban Conduche, Ryan Dubois, Branden Holder, Jérémy Russell, Hugo Verdu, Meddih Ahaouche, Clément Martinez, Kamaliele Tufele, Christiaan van der Merwe, CORENTIN BRAENDLIN (C), Jessy Jegerlhener, Yoan Tanga, Léo Ghirard BENCH: Jordan Peyri, Oliver Butler, Corentin Chabeaudie, Cédric Touchkaieff, Pierre Fouyssac, Florian Lanave, Clément Farah, Valentin Saurs

SCORERS T: Holder C: Russell P: Verdu (3) Yellow Card Chabeaudie

Man of the Match: Ben Vellacott

Referee: Daniel Jones


Zebre ZEBRE RUGBY CLUB 33 - 38 PAU Pau

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 30-7 Att: 1,700

ZEBRE: Ciaran Gaffney, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, TOMMASO CASTELLO (C), Giovanbattista Venditti, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi, Andrea Lovotti, Oliviero Fabiani, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, George Biagi, Derick Minnie, Johan Meyer, Giovanni Licata BENCH: Luhandre Luus, Andrea de Marchi, Roberto Tenga, Leonard Krumov, Jacopo Sarto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Serafin Bordoli, Gabriele Di Giulio

SCORERS T: Licata, Boni, Castello C: Canna (3) P: Canna (4) Yellow Card Bello

PAU: Charly Malie, Frank Halai, Florian Nicot, Jale Vatubua, Watisoni Votu, Brandon Fajardo, Clovis Lebail, Geoffrey Moise, Lucas Rey, Lourens Adriaanse, FABRICE METZ (C), Masalosalo Tutaia, Ben Mowen, Paddy Butler, Peter Saili BENCH: Laurent Bouchet, Jamie Mackintosh, Sylvain Charlet, Daniel Ramsay, Pierrick Gunther, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Thibault Daubagna, Tom Taylor

SCORERS T: Votu, Saili, PT (2), Tagitagivalu C: Fajardo (2), Taylor P: Taylor

Man of the Match: Tommaso Castello

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys




POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 4

Krasny YarKRASNY YAR 14 - 73 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Fili Stadium - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 12:00 HT: 0-31 Att: 1,000

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Rushan Iagudin, Igor Galinovskiy, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Sione Fukofuka, Jaba Bregvadze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Alexander Ilin BENCH: Andrei Kondakov, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Egor Zykov, Aleksandr Khudyakov, Anton Ryabov, Evgeni Kolomiytsev, Kirill Golosnitskiy

SCORERS T: Kolomiytsev, Kondakov C: Malaguradze (2) Yellow Card Malaguradze, Artemyev, Garbuzov, Chaban

EDINBURGH: Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Junior Rasolea, Tom Brown, Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Allan Dell, NEIL COCHRANE (C), WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Grant Gilchrist, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Crosbie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Stuart McInally, Darryl Marfo, Simon Berghan, Fraser McKenzie, Viliame Mata, Nathan Fowles, Chris Dean, Glenn Bryce

SCORERS T: Kinghorn (2), Hidalgo-Clyne, Carmichael, Cochrane, McCallum (2), McKenzie, McInally, PT C: Tovey (3), Hidalgo-Clyne (3), Kinghorn (3) P: Hidalgo-Clyne

Man of the Match: Evgeni Kolomiytsev

Referee: Thomas Charabas


Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 7 - 44 LONDON IRISHLondon Irish

Stade Jean-Bouin - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 7-24 Att: 5,666

London Irish Stade Francais P4

PARIS: Shane Geraghty, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Paul Williams, Jonathan Danty, Jimmy Yobo, Jules Plisson, Charl McLeod, Eliès El Ansari, REMI BONFILS (C), Paul Alo Emile, Paul Gabrillagues, Alexandre Flanquart, Antoine Burban, Hugh Pyle, Bakary Meïte BENCH: Maxime Gau, Zurabi Zhvania, Lorenzo Cittadini, Mathieu De Giovanni, Charlie Francoz, Arthur Coville, Morné Steyn, Anthony Ensor

SCORERS T: Meite C: Plisson Yellow Card Yobo

IRISH: Ben Ransom, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Williams, TOPSY OJO (C), Theo Brophy Clews, Ben Meehan, Harry Elrington, Tom Woolstencroft, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, Filo Paulo, Max Northcote-Green , Conor Gilsenan, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Josh McNally, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Scott Steele, Jacob Atkins, Fergus Mulchrone

SCORERS T: Gilsenan, Ojo (2), Meehan, Chawatama, Ransom, Steele C: Brophy Clews (2), Atkins P: Brophy Clews Yellow Card Meehan

Man of the Match: Filo Paulo

Referee: Vlad Iordachescu




POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 2 Pool 5

Brive BRIVE 38 - 13 OYONNAX Oyonnax

Stade Amédée-Domenech - Friday 20 October 2017
KO: 19:00 HT: 31-3 Att: 4,500

BRIVE: Gaëtan Germain, Benito Masilevu, Felix Le Bourhis, Benjamin Petre, Franck Romanet, Thomas Laranjeira, Florian Cazenave, Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Thomas Acquier, Damien Jourdain, Julien Le Devedec, Jan Uys, Péniami Narisia, Fabien Sanconnie, PETRUS HAUMAN (C) BENCH: Mike Tadjer, Julien Brugnaut, Soso Bekoshvili, James Johnston, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Samuel Marques, Arnaud Mignardi, Benjamin Lapeyre

SCORERS T: Hauman, Jourdain (2), Laranjeira, Mignardi C: Germain (4), Laranjeira P: Germain

OYONNAX: Silvere Tian, Daniel Ikpefan, Ulupano Seuteni, ROIMATA HANSELL-PUNE (C), Axel Muller, Anthony Fuertes, Julien Audy, Khatchik Vartanov, Hika Elliot, Kevin Buys, Manuel Leindekar Virginio, Simon Christian Njewel, Luc Barba, Shay Kerry, Maurie Fa'asavalu BENCH: Benjamin Geledan, Giorgi Vepkhvadze, Pietro Ceccarelli, Geoffrey Fabbri, James Hall, Jose Lima, Bilel Taieb, Kilian Bendjaballah

SCORERS T: Fuertes, Seuteni P: Audy

Man of the Match: Damian Jourdain

Referee: David Wilkinson


Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 15 - 8 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

The Sportsground - Saturday 21 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-0 Att: 3,879

Connacht Rugby Worcester Warriors P5

CONNACHT: Tiernan O'Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, Denis Buckley, David Heffernan, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, James Connolly, EOGHAN MASTERSON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Cillian Gallagher, Jarrad Butler, Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson, Cian Kelleher

SCORERS T: Masterson, Healy C: Carty P: Carty

WARRIORS: Chris Pennell, Tom Howe, Wynand Olivier, Jackson Willison, Josh Adams , Jono Lance, Jonny Arr, Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton , Gareth Milasinovich, Pierce Phillips, Will Spencer, David Denton, Alafoti Fa'osiliva, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Matti Williams, Ryan Bower, Simon Kerrod, Donncha O'Callaghan, Huw Taylor, Michael Dowsett, Sam Olver, Perry Humphreys

SCORERS T: Adams P: Lance

Man of the Match: Eoghan Masterson

Referee: Ian Davies




EPCR Round 1

ROUND 1 honours undoubtedly went to competition debutants, Krasny Yar, who sensationally defeated holders, Stade Français, 34-29 in Krasnoyarsk. Stade Français took two losing bonus points away from their defeat by Krasny Yar in Siberia. Krasny Yar’s two-try hero, flanker Victor Gresev, topped the Round 1 statistics charts for Carries with an impressive 23. Stade Français second row, Mathieu Di Giovanni, made the most tackles in Round 1 with 29.

There were three away wins in Round 1 registered by Bordeaux-Bègles against Enisei-STM, by Edinburgh Rugby at London Irish and by Connacht Rugby against Oyonnax.

Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby was not overly impressed with his team’s win in Pool 1: “We were inaccurate in certain areas, we had four new starters in key positions and that does make a difference. Perhaps we tried to push it a little too much at times. The Dragons aren’t a bad side and we handed them a few chances, plus we didn’t capitalise on a few of our own. Ordinarily we wouldn’t do that, but we pulled through in the end and just about got the job done.” Newcastle Falcons 32-27 Dragons

In Pool 2, Cardiff Blues’ first try by second row George Earle in their bonus point win over TOP 14 leaders, Lyon, was the club’s 100th in the Challenge Cup.

"The first half was quite fluid and we actually got what we wanted out of it but the second half was a bit stop-start and the injury to our prop (Anton Peikrishvili) slowed things down a little bit and we couldn't get going. We were playing with 14, them having two yellow cards and it's a difficult to get rhythm, uncontested scrums as well but what is pleasing is we still managed to get the bonus-point win,” said Josh Turnbull, Cardiff Blues No 8 | Cardiff Blues 29-19 Lyon.

Sale Sharks’ dramatic 20-20 draw with Toulouse in Pool 2 was their second stalemate in 76 Challenge Cup matches. The only previous draw was against Montpellier in the 2007/08 season.

"I'm proud of the lads. It was a good performance in that second half and I'm glad that we have not lost at home so I'm pretty chuffed really. I suppose we have got to be happy with a draw in the end. We didn't play particularly well in the first half but I thought we adapted well after the break. They didn't look like scoring in the second half and with the rub of the green on a couple of decisions we might have sneaked it. We are good at home and the challenge for us now is to go to Lyon next week and put in another performance like that against a side that are top of the French league. Our ambition is to get to the next stage of the competition. To do that you have to win your homes games so we need to pick up something away from home next week," commented Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby | Sale Sharks 20-20 Toulouse.

Pau’s 27-21 victory over Gloucester Rugby in Pool 3 was their first win in the competition after 13 defeats in a row. Gloucester’s losing bonus point reversal at Stade du Hameau was the first time the club has lost in Round 1 since 2010 when they were defeated at Agen. Meanwhile, the French side, Agen ran in seven tries against a lacklustre Zebre Rugby Club at Stade Armandie winning 45-10.

After Krasny Yar secured their shock win in Russia in Pool 4, Edinburgh Rugby made light work of putting London Irish to the sword in Reading, England securing a 37-14 win.

"We scored three nice tries in the first half. We got a little static in the second half and sat back a bit, but in the end we scored another two tries and it was a good impact from the guys. It's good to get guys game-time and for me as a new coach it gives me the opportunity to see them playing, see how they operate. There was some really good handling, we're starting to actually play ball in hand, we're starting to threaten teams, which is important, "beamed Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, Richard Cockerill.

USA hooker, Joe Taufete’e, scored three tries for Worcester in their 30-20 win over Brive at Sixways in Pool 5, while Kieran Keane, Connacht Rugby Head Coach was thrilled with his team’s 43-15 away result against Oyonnax: “Really pleased, a long time coming. It’s great for us, a new competition the Challenge Cup, gives us another aspiration. We are disappointed about our narrow losses obviously, but you can’t turn it back, so looking forward is what we are all about. The challenge is for us to back it up. The changing room was indicative, a noisy little session, nobody with their heads down – that is the momentum we were searching for, so foolish not to make use of it.”

Eight clubs have a maximum five points going into Round 2 – Bordeaux-Bègles, Newcastle Falcons, Cardiff, Agen, Edinburgh, Krasny Yar, Connacht and Worcester Warriors.


POOL 1Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 1

Enisei STMENISEI-STM 17 - 57 BORDEAUX-BÈGLESBordeaux Begles

Krasny Yar Stadium - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-29 Att: 3,600

ENISEI: Ramil Gaisin, Jurijs Baranovs, David Kacharava, Dmitrii Gerasimov, Denis Simplikevich, Iurii Kushnarev, Alexey Shcherban, Andrei Polivalov, Stanislav Selskii, Innokentiy Zykov, ULDIS SAULITE (C), Viacheslav Krasylnyk, Andrey Temnov, Vitalii Orlov, Maxim Gargalic BENCH: Shamil Magomedov, Valery Morozov, Evgenii Pronenko, Anton Rudoi, Aleksandr Budychenko, Konstantin Uzunov, Aleksei Mikhaltsov, Evgeny Elgin

SCORERS T: Baranovs, Selskii C: Kushnarev (2) DG: Gaisin Yellow Card Krasylnyk

BORDEAUX: Darly Domvo, Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, JEAN-BAPTISTE DUBIÉ (C), Pablo Uberti, Iban Etcheverry, Matthieu Jalibert, Gauthier Doubrere, Thierry Paiva, Ole Avei, Ravai Kovekalou, Johan Aliouat, Cyril Cazeaux, Alexandre Roumat, Hugh Chalmers, Marco Tauleigne BENCH: Florian Dufour, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Lasha Tabidze, Pierre Gayraud, Cameron Woki, Kitione Kamikamica, Yann Lesgourgues, Christian Schoeman

SCORERS T: Roumat, Ravai, Cazeaux, Dubie (2), Jalibert, Lesgourgues, Kamikamica C: Jalibert (4), Schoeman (3)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys


Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 32 - 27 DRAGONSDragons

Kingston Park - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 15-6 Att: 4,052

Newcastle Falcons Dragons P1 Round 1

FALCONS: Simon Hammersley, Alex Tait, Maxime Mermoz, Toby Flood, Adam Radwan, Joel Hodgson, Sam Stuart, Rob Vickers, Ben Sowrey, Trevor Davison, Will Witty, Sean Robinson, MARK WILSON (C), Gary Graham, Ryan Burrows BENCH: Jamie Blamire, Adam Brocklebank, Scott Wilson, Glen Young, Will Welch, Ruaridh Dawson, Cam Cowell, Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Vickers, Radwan, Graham, Mark Wilson C: Flood (3) P: Flood (2)

DRAGONS: Will Talbot-Davies, Ashton Hewitt, Jared Rosser, Adam Warren, George Gasson, Angus O'Brien, Sarel Pretorius, Luke Garrett, Liam Belcher, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Aaron Wainwright, OLLIE GRIFFITHS (C), James Benjamin BENCH: Gerard Ellis, Tom Davies, Brok Harris, Rynard Landman, James Thomas, Owain Leonard, Gavin Henson, Pat Howard

SCORERS T: Landman, Hewitt, Howard C: O'Brien (3) P: O'Brien (2)

Referee: Pierre Brousset




POOL 2Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 2

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 29 - 19 LYON Lyon Olympique Universitaire

Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 19:00 HT: 14-0 Att: 5,691

BLUES: Matthew Morgan, Blaine Scully, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Alex Cuthbert, Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams, Corey Domachowski, MATTHEW REES (C), Dillon Lewis, George Earle, Seb Davies, Macauley Cook, Olly Robinson, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Anton Peikrishvili, James Down, Josh Navidi, Lewis Jones, Steven Shingler, Aled Summerhill

SCORERS T: Earle, Williams, Cook, Lee-Lo C: Evans (3) P: Shingler Yellow Card Dacey

LYON: Delon Armitage, Timilai Rokoduru, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Adrien Seguret, Jone Tuva, Piero Dominguez, Baptiste Couilloud, Tornike Mataradze, Deon Fourie, Richard Choirat, Etienne Oosthuizen, FRANCOIS VAN DER MERWE (C), Tanginoa Halaifonua, Theophile Cotte, Virgile Bruni BENCH: Virgile Lacombe, Hamza Kaabèche, Guram Papidze, Josh Bekhuis, Felix Lambey, Theo Belan, Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Jonathan Pelissié 

SCORERS T: Bruni, Barassi, Tuva C: Dominguez, Pelissié Yellow Card Rokoduru, Oosthuizen

Referee: Frank Murphy


Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 20 - 20 TOULOUSE Toulouse

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 10-14 Att: 5,474

Sale Sharks Toulouse P2 Round 1

SHARKS: Michael Haley, Denny Solomona, Luke James, Mark Jennings, Josh Charnley, James O'Connor, Faf De Klerk, Ross Harrison, Rob Webber, Halani Aulika, Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov, Cameron Neild, Ben Curry, JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: Marc Jones, James Flynn, Willgriff John, George Nott, Laurence Pearce, David Seymour, Will Cliff, Aaron Reed

SCORERS T: Solomona, Evans C: de Klerk (2) P: de Klerk (2)

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Wandile Mjekevu, Jarrod Poi, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Jean-Marc Doussain, Sébastien Bézy, Daniel Mienie, Julien Marchand, Maks Van Dyk, Florian Verhaeghe, PIULA FA'ASALELE (C), Kunatani Kunabuli, Rynhardt Elstadt, Francois Cros BENCH: David Roumieu, Rodrigue Neti, Clément Castets, Gillian Galan, Carl Axtens, Selevasio Tolofua, Romain Ntamack, Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Kunatani, Bézy C: Bézy (2) P: Bézy (2)

Referee: David Wilkinson




POOL 3Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 3

Pau PAU 27 - 21 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Stade du Hameau - Thursday 12 October 2017
KO: 20:45 HT: 14-0 Att: 8,600

Pau Gloucester Rugby P3 Round 1

PAU: Romain Buros, Frank Halai, Julien Fumat, Benson Stanley, Bastien Pourailly, Colin Slade, THIBAULT DAUBAGNA (C), Geoffrey Moise, Lucas Rey, Lourens Adriaanse, Dave Foley, Masalosalo Tutaia, Daniel Ramsay, Ben Mowen, Paddy Butler BENCH: Laurent Bouchet, Jérémy Hurou, Malik Hamadache, Fabrice Metz, Sean Dougall, Clovis Lebail, Brandon Fajardo, Florian Nicot

SCORERS T: Ramsay, Slade, Halai C: Slade (2), Fajardo P: Slade (2)

GLOUCESTER: Tom Hudson, Henry Purdy, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, David Halaifonua, Owen Williams, Callum Braley, Paddy McAllister, Motu Matu'u, Josh Hohneck, TOM SAVAGE (C), Tom Denton, Jake Polledri, Jacob Rowan, Freddie Clarke BENCH: James Hanson, Val Rapava Ruskin, Gareth Denman, Ruan Ackermann, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Vellacott, Billy Burns, Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Ackermann, Vellacott, Purdy C: Williams (3)

Referee: George Clancy



Stade Armandie - Friday 13 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 18-3 Att: 2,487

AGEN: Clément Laporte, Lucas Tolot, Johann Sadie, Pierre Fouyssac, Nicolas Metge, Mathieu Lamoulie, Lucas Rubio, Kamaliele Tufele, Paula Ngauamo, Vakhtangi Akhobadze, Denis Marchois, Corentin Braendlin, Yoan Tanga, Marco Kotze, ANTOINE MIQUEL (C) BENCH: Clément Martinez, Fernandez Correa, Corentin Chabeaudie, Christiaan van der Merwe, Jessy Jegerlhener, Hugo Verdu, Alban Conduche, Jérémy Russell

SCORERS T: Ngauamo, Miquel, Sadie, Fouyssac, Lamoulie (2), Conduche C: Lamoulie, Russell P: Lamoulie (2)

ZEBRE: Ciaran Gaffney, Gabriele Di Giulio, Matteo Pratichetti, Faialaga Afamasaga, Giovanbattista Venditti, Serafin Bordoli, Guglielmo Palazzani, Andrea de Marchi, Luhandre Luus, Eduardo Bello, Leonard Krumov, Valerio Bernabo, JACOPO SARTO (C), Johan Meyer, Derick Minnie BENCH: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea Lovotti, Roberto Tenga, David Sisi, Giovanni Licata, Marcello Violi, Maicol Azzolini, Tommaso Boni

SCORERS T: Sarto C: Palazzani P: Palazzani Yellow Card Palazzani, Meyer

Referee: Ian Tempest




POOL 4Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 4

Krasny YarKRASNY YAR 34 - 29 STADE FRANÇAISStade Francais

Krasny Yar Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-17 Att: 3,600

Krasny Yar Stade Francais P4 Round 1

KRASNY: VAS ARTEMYEV (C), Igor Galinovskiy, Giorgi Pruidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Vladimir Chaban, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Vasilii Dorofeev, Sione Fukofuka, Valeriy Tsnobiladze, Azamat Bitiev, Andrei Mahu, Andrei Garbuzov, Viktor Gresev, Viktor Arhip, Oleg Prepelitse BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Grigory Tsnobiladze, Mikheil Tsiklauri, Alexander Ilin, Aleksandr Khudiakov, Rushan Iagudin, Evgenii Kolomiitcev, Kirill Golosnitskii

SCORERS T: Bitiev, Gresev (2), Fukofuka, Mahu C: Malaguradze (3) P: Malaguradze Yellow Card Golosnitskiy

PARIS: Anthony Ensor, JULIEN ARIAS (C), Théo Millet, Paul Williams, Jimmy Yobo, Shane Geraghty, Terry Bouhraoua, Zurabi Zhvania, Craig Burden, Giorgi Melikidze, Steevy Cerqueira, Mathieu De Giovanni, Charlie Francoz, Sylvain Nicolas, Bakary Meïte BENCH: Lucas Da Silva, Eliès El Ansari, Lorenzo Cittadini, Hugh Pyle, Maxime Gau, Arthur Coville, Jules Plisson, Karim Qadiri

SCORERS T: Arias (2), Ensor, Bouhraoua, Qadiri C: Geraghty (2)

Referee: Ian Davies


London IrishLONDON IRISH 14 - 37 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-20 Att: 4,099

IRISH: Ben Ransom, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Fowlie, Johnny Wililams, TOPSY OJO (C), Theo Brophy Clews, Ben Meehan, Harry Elrington, Tom Woolstencroft, Oliver Hoskins, William Lloyd, Josh McNally, Max Northcote-Green, Conor Gilsenan, Lasha Lomidze BENCH: Todd Gleave, Tom Smallbone, Lovejoy Chawatama, Jack Cooke, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Scott Steele, Jacob Atkins, Ben Loader

SCORERS T: Hoskins P: Brophy Clews (3) Yellow Card Gilsenan

EDINBURGH: Glenn Bryce, Dougie Fife, Chris Dean, Junior Rasolea, Damien Hoyland, Jason Tovey, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, FRASER MCKENZIE (C), Ben Toolis, Jamie Ritchie, John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Neil Cochrane, Darryl Marfo, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Luke Crosbie, Nathan Fowles, Tom Brown, Jason Harries

SCORERS T: Hoyland, Rasolea (2), Ritchie, Crosbie C: Tovey, Hidalgo-Clyne (2) P: Hidalgo-Clyne (2)

Referee: Dan Jones




POOL 5Challenge Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 30 - 20 BRIVEBrive

Sixways Stadium - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-10 Att: 6,728

Worcester Warriors Brive P5 Round 1

WARRIORS: Chris Pennell, Tom Howe, Wynand Olivier, Ben Te'o, Perry Humphreys, Jamie Shillcock, Jonny Arr, Ethan Waller, Joe Taufete'e, Gareth Milasinovich, Christian Scotland-Williamson, Pierce Phillips, Huw Taylor, Sam Lewis, GJ VAN VELZE (C) BENCH: Jack Singleton, Ryan Bower, Bi Alo, Darren Barry, Matti Williams, Michael Dowsett, Jono Lance, Dean Hammond

SCORERS T: Taufete'e (3), Waller C: Lance (2) P: Lance (2)

BRIVE: Guillaume Namy, Benito Masilevu, Felix Le Bourhis, Benjamin Petre, Nadir Megdoud, Matthieu Ugalde, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Vivien Devisme, Thomas Acquier, Soso Bekoshvili, Jan Uys, Sisa Koyamaibole, SAID HIRECHE (C), Péniami Narisia, Retief Marais BENCH: Mike Tadjer, Julien Brugnaut, Damien Jourdain, James Johnston, Louis Martin, Florian Cazenave, Arnaud Mignardi, Franck Romanet

SCORERS T: Namy (2), Brugnaut C: Ugalde P: Ugalde Yellow Card Martin

Referee: Sean Gallagher


OyonnaxOYONNAX 15 - 43 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stade de Genève - Saturday 14 October 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 15-22 Att: 3,500

OYONNAX: Silvere Tian, Tim Giresse, Ulupano Seuteni, ROIMATA HANSELL-PUNE (C), Axel Muller, Christopher Ruiz, Julien Audy, Giorgi Vepkhvadze, Benjamin Geledan, Irakli Mirtskhulava, Geoffrey Fabbri, Simon Christian Njewel, Bilel Taieb, Valentin Ursache, Maurie Fa'asavalu BENCH: Guilhem Bourgois, Vincent Debaty, Thomas Laclayat, Shay Kerry, Mickaël Romera, Anthony Fuertes, Jérémy Scalese, Romain Gauthier

SCORERS T: Tian, Müller C: Audy P: Ruiz

CONNACHT: Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Eoin Griffin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Andrew Deegan, Caolin Blade, Denis Coulson, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, Eoin McKeon, JOHN MULDOON (C) BENCH: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, James Connolly, Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson, Rory Scholes

SCORERS T: Healy (2), Kelleher, McKeon, Leader C: Deegan (3) P: Deegan (4)

Referee: Tom Foley





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Round 1: 12/13/14/15 October
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 October
Round 3: 7/8/9/10 December
Round 4: 14/15/16/17 December
Round 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018
Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018

29/30/31 March - 1 April 2018

20/21/22 April 2018

Friday 11 May 2018 San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Saturday 12 May 2018 San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

European Rugby Finals Bilbao 2018