Sale Sharks and Toulouse played out a 20-20 draw in their Challenge Cup opener and there were wins for Bordeaux-Bègles, Cardiff Blues and Agen.
Sale Sharks 20-20 Toulouse
Sale and Toulouse could not be separated in an entertaining Pool Two encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford and sides scored two tries apiece.
Bezy then crossed the whitewash before Denny Solomona scored a try on the stroke of half-time which meant Toulouse led 14-10 at the break. Bryn Evans scored Sale’s second try in the 50th minute which gave his side the lead for the first time.
Bezy and de Klerk traded penalties before the Springbok added a three-pointer off the tee which gave Sale a 20-17 lead by the 67th minute. Toulouse finished stronger though and a Bezy penalty five minutes before full-time secured them a share of the spoils.
For Sale Sharks:
Tries: Solomona, Evans
Cons: De Klerk 2
Pens: De Klerk 2
Tries: Kunatani, Bezy
Cons: Bezy 2
Pens: Bezy 2
Cardiff Blues 29-19 Lyon
Cardiff Blues moved to the top of Pool Two after securing a 29-19 bonus-point win over Lyon at Cardiff Arms Park.
Tries from George Earle, Tomos Williams in the first half and further five-pointers from Macauley Cook and Reynold Lee-Lo after half-time secured the Blues’ win.
Lyon were competitive, however, especially during the second half and Virgile Bruni, Pierre-Louis Barassi and Jone Tuva scored their tries during this period.
Jarrod Evans kicked three conversions for the Blues and Steven Shingler sealed their win with a late penalty.
For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Earle, Williams, Cook, Lee-Lo
Cons: Evans 3
Tries: Bruni, Barassi, Tuva
Cons: Dominguez, Pelissie
Agen 45-10 Zebre
Agen moved to the top of Pool Three after proving much too strong for Zebre in their opener at Stade Armandie.
The Top 14 outfit were full value for their win and outscored their visitors five tries to one and they led 18-3 at half-time.
Mathieu Lamoulie finished with an 18-point haul courtesy of a brace of tries a conversion and two penalties and Paula Ngauamo, Antoine Miquel, Johann Sadie, Pierre Fouyssac and Alban Conduche scored Agen’s tries.
Zebre’s points came via a Johan Meyer try which Guglielmo Palazzani converted and Palazzani also slotted a penalty.
Tries: Ngauamo, Miquel, Sadie, Fouyssac, Conduche, Lamoulie 2
Cons: Lamoulie, Russell
Pens: Lamoulie 2
Yellow Card: Palazzani, Meyer
Enisei-STM 17-57 Bordeaux-Bègles
Bordeaux-Bègles opened their Challenge Cup pool account with a comfortable 57-17 victory over Enisei-STM at Krasny Yar Stadium on Friday.
The French side went over for eight tries in all against their Russian opponents in the bonus-point success, with Alexandre Roumat, Peni Ravai, Cyril Cazeaux, Jean-Baptiste Dubie (2), Matthieu Jalibert, Yann Lesgourgues and Kitione Kamikamica all crossing Enisei-STM’s line.
Jurijs Baranovs and Stanislav Selskiy replied for the hosts but they were no match for their Top 14 opponents, who will head home happy.
Tries: Baranovs, Selskiy
Cons: Kushnarev 2
Tries: Roumat, Ravai, Cazeaux, Dubie 2, Jalibert, Lesgourgues, Kamikamica
Cons: Jalibert 4, Schoeman 3