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Pau maintained their perfect record in this season’s Challenge Cup while there were also wins for the Dragons and Stade Français.

Results

Friday
Agen 21-40 Pau
Dragons 15-0 Enisei-STM
Stade Français 39-24 Krasny Yar

Agen 21-40 Pau
Stade Armandie

Pau secured a third successive victory in the European Challenge Cup to put themselves in control of Pool 3 following a 40-21 triumph over Agen.

Simon Mannix’s men have enjoyed an excellent start in Europe’s second-tier competition and they dominated early on against the Top 14 strugglers.

Three tries in the first quarter from Adrien Planté, Malik Hamadache and Giovanni Habel Kuffner moved the visitors into a 21-0 lead.

It was initially all too easy for the away side but they began to make mistakes, seeing Thibault Daubagna sin-binned, and Valentin Saurs responded for the hosts.

Fabrice Metz then became the second Pau player to be yellow carded and Akapusi Qera reduced the arrears at the interval.

Mannix’s team regained their composure during the break and secured the bonus-point a minute into the half through Planté.

Although Sean Dougall received a yellow card, his team’s third of the contest, and Qera scored once again, Jérémy Hurou and Dougall completed the win for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Saurs, Qera 2
Cons: Verdu 3

For Pau:
Tries: Planté 2, Hamadache, Habel Kuffner, Hurou, Dougall
Cons: Daubagna 4, Hastoy
Yellow Cards: Daubagna, Metz, Dougall

 

Dragons 15-0 Enisei-STM
Rodney Parade

Dragons moved to the top of Pool 1 in the Challenge Cup after overcoming a stubborn Enisei-STM side 15-0 at Rodney Parade.

In an atrocious first half, which saw the Russians put the hosts under plenty of pressure for little reward, it was Adam Warren’s try that separated the sides at the break.

The second period was not much better as conditions worsened, but Aaron Wainwright did increase the hosts’ advantage 13 minutes into the half.

Warren then crossed the whitewash for his second but the Newport-based outfit failed to gain a potentially crucial try bonus-point.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Warren 2, Wainwright

 

Stade Francais 39-24 Krasny Yar
Stade Jean-Bouin

Defending champions Stade Francais gained a semblance of revenge by producing a better second half display to defeat Krasny Yar 39-24.

The Russian outfit shocked Greg Cooper’s men in round one of the Challenge Cup and they were very competitive in the first half on Friday night.

Just like in the reverse fixture, Lasha Malaguradze kept the scoreboard ticking over and, after Shane Geraghty had given the Parisians the lead, two penalties and a drop-goal from the Krasny centre took them 9-3 up.

Jimmy Yobo’s converted try put the hosts back in front but Malaguradze continued to be accurate from the tee, kicking his fourth three-pointer of the evening.

However, Stade managed to get themselves ahead by the interval when wing Yobo crossed the whitewash for the second time.

From that moment, the hosts should have stepped on the accelerator but it was Krasny that upped the intensity in the early stages of the second period when Giorgi Pruidze touched down.

Another successful effort off the tee by Geraghty regained Stade’s advantage and they then finally started to find their rhythm.

Siegfried Fisiihoi, Romain Martial and Julien Arias duly secured their first win of this year’s competition, despite Sunia Latu’s consolation for the Russian team.

The scorers:

For Stade:
Tries: Yobo 2, Fisiihoi, Martial, Arias
Cons: Geraghty 4
Pens: Geraghty 2

For Krasny Yar:
Tries: Pruidze, Latu
Con: Malaguradze
Pens: Malaguradze 3
Drop-goal: Malaguradze

 

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