Challenge Cup Wrap

Challenge Cup


RC Enisei continued with their fine start to the tournament when they beat the Dragons while Gloucester, Edinburgh, Brive and Ospreys won.

The home side continued where they left off against Worcester Warriors last weekend and outscored the Dragons by five tries to two to register their second successive win.

Dmitrii Gerasimov and Stanislav Selskiy both crossed for a brace of tries but, like last weekend, Yury Kushnarev led the way for RC Enisei as he contributed 13 points in their win, courtesy of five conversions and a penalty. Kushnarev opened the scoring with a penalty in the 17th minute before the Dragons struck back via a Pat Howard try two minutes later which Angus O’Brien converted.

Gerasimov then crossed for his first try on the half-hour mark but Sam Beard replied with a try of his own shortly afterwards before Selskiy dotted down shortly before half-time.

The visitors took the lead by the hour-mark after O’Brien added two further penalties but the final quarter was a one-sided affair as RC Enisei took control of proceedings. Further tries from Gerasimov and Selskiy proved decisive before Valery Morozov sealed victory with a five-pointer in the game’s closing stages.

Gloucester closes down Treviso

Gloucester made it 10 points out of 10 in Pool 1 of the Challenge Cup as they saw off the challenge of Treviso with relative ease.

The Cherry and Whites led 20-3 at the break and had two tries on the board from number eight Lewis Ludlow and wing Jonny May.

Michael Tagicakibau crossed seconds into the second-half to give Treviso a glimmer of hope but further tries from Matt Scott and replacement Callum Braley, the latter in the final minute, sealed the five-point win.

Worcester Warriors suffers again

Worcester suffered a second defeat in as many Challenge Cup pool games on Saturday as they narrowly lost out to Brive at Sixways.

Brive were 10-7 up at the break thanks to a Taku Ngwenya try and the boot of Thomas Laranjeira, with a penalty try Worcester’s offering. Ben Te’o’s crossing pushed the Warriors in front but scores from Said Hireche and replacement Thomas Acquier put Brive 25-17 ahead.

Consolation for Worcester came in the form of a bonus-point thanks to a late try from Andy Short but they’re now off the pace in Pool 3.

Edinburgh runs over Harlequins

Edinburgh moved three points clear in Pool 5 of the Challenge Cup as they got the better of Harlequins in a thrilling contest at Murrayfield.

The Scots were flying at the break as tries from Allan Dell, Blair Kinghorn, Nasi Manu, Hamish Watson and Damian Hoyland put them 31-14 in front. Harlequins’ first-half offerings were from Charlie Walker and via a penalty try.

Harlequins then managed to cut the margin in the second-half thanks to scores from Kyle Sinckler, another penalty try and one from Mat Luamanu as they edged in front at 31-35 to the good with just 13 minutes remaining. But Edinburgh got over the finish line with their noses in front thanks to Tom Brown’s 73rd minute try as they claimed a bonus-point win.

Lyon fails Ospreys onslaught

Ospreys moved five points clear of Lyon after they won 31-13 in their Challenge Cup clash at Matmut Stadium with a try bonus-point.

A hat-trick from wing Keelan Giles saw him cross in the 15th, 30th and 46th minute before a late Sam Parry try brought up the maximum. Ospreys were leading 17-3 at half-time and Lyon would only cross the whitewash in the 59th minute via Curtis Browning, with Franck Romanet’s try in the 80th minute somewhat covering over what was a poor showing.

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