Brive, Lyon and Cardiff Blues claimed wins over Oyonnax, Sale and Toulouse respectively in European Challenge Cup action on Friday.
Brive 38-13 Oyonnax
Brive claimed a comprehensive 38-13 victory over Oyonnax in European Challenge Cup action at Stade Amédée-Domenech on Friday.
A Julien Audy penalty gave Oyonnax an early 3-0 lead but from then on it was all Brive as Petrus Hauman broke the deadlock in the 14th minute for the hosts.
Damien Jourdain grabbed his brace in the 21st and 30th minute respectively before Thomas Laranjeira scored in the 38th minute. Gaetan Germain slotted four conversions and a penalty in the first-half as Brive took a 31-3 lead in to the interval.
Anthony Fuertes and Ulupano Seuteni responded with second-half tries for Oyonnax but Arnaud Mignardi got in on the act for Brive adding a late try to rub salt in to the wounds of Oyonnax who were soundly beaten 38-13.
Tries: Hauman, Jourdain, Laranjeira, Mignardi
Cons: Germain 4, Laranjeira
Tries: Fuertes, Seuteni
Lyon 27-24 Sale
Lyon secured a dramatic last-gasp 27-24 victory over Sale Sharks in European Challenge Cup action at Stade de Gerland on Friday.
A Lionel Beauxis penalty gave Lyon a 3-0 lead after seven minutes but Denny Solomona responded for Sale with a try three minutes later.
A Sam James score in the 15th minute extended Sale’s lead to 14-3 with both tries having been converted by Faf de Klerk.
But in the 33rd minute Delon Armitage hit back for the hosts before the interval to cut the deficit to four points with the try converted by Beauxis.
The first points of the second half came in the 57th minute when James dotted down for Sale. De Klerk added the extras to extend the lead to 21-10.
De Klerk added another penalty in the 62nd minute before Liam Gill’s try, converted by Frederic Michalak, made it a seven-point game at 24-17.
Theo Belan dotted down and Michalak converted to level the scores and Lyon’s comeback was completed when Michalak slotted a penalty to secure a precious 27-24 win for Lyon.
Tries: Armitage, Gill, Belan
Cons: Beauxis, Michalak 2
Pens: Beauxis, Michalak
Tries: Solomona, James
Cons: De Klerk 3
Pen: De Klerk
Toulouse 15-17 Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues claimed a narrow 17-15 victory over Toulouse at Stade Ernest-Wallon in European Challenge Cup action on Friday evening.
Toulouse fly-half Romain Ntamack gave the hosts a 3-0 lead after 12 minutes with a well-struck penalty goal.
Soon after, Cardiff Blues snatched the lead with a try from Nick Williams converted by Jarrod Evans to make it 7-3.
Evans made it 10-3 before Ntamack hit back with a try that he converted himself to level matters at 10-10 after 29 minutes.
Cardiff Blues winger Alex Cuthbert was then yellow-carded and Toulouse capitalised on their numerical advantage as Antoine Dupont dotted down to give the hosts a 15-10 lead at the interval.
But Cardiff hit back in the 52nd minute with Macauley Cook crossing the whitewash as Evans’ conversion wrestled back the lead at 17-15.
Toulouse flank Rynhardt Elstadt and Cardiff Blues centre Steve Shingler were yellow-carded after an altercation in the 67th minute.
Cardiff Blues didn’t concede in the second half while scoring eight unanswered points to run out 17-15 victors.
Tries: Ntamack, Dupont
Tries: Williams, Cook
Cons: Evans 2