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Gloucester, Sale, Worcester and Falcons win


Gloucester were made to work but eventually got the job done as they beat Zebre while Sale, Worcester and Newcastle also won.



Zebre 26-33 Gloucester
Sale Sharks 24-0 Cardiff Blues
Worcester 35-14 Oyonnax
Newcastle 52-24 Bordeaux-Begles
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Zebre 26-33 Gloucester
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Gloucester consolidated second position in Pool 3 of the Challenge Cup when they claimed a bonus-point win in a thrilling clash in Parma.

Johan Ackermann’s side were made to work, however, and Zebre held a deserved 14-12 lead at the break thanks to tries from Johan Meyer, Renato Giammarioli and Tommaso Boni, with Ruan Ackermann and Ollie Thorley crossing for the visiting outfit during that period.

Gloucester took control of proceedings in the second half and sealed their win courtesy of tries from Thorley, Owen Williams and Richard Hibbard but Zebre added some respectability to the score via Ciaran Gaffney’s try in the 71st minute.

The scorers:

For Zebre:
Meyer, Giammarioli, Boni, Gaffney
Cons: Canna 2, Palazzani

For Gloucester:
Ackermann, Thorley 2, Williams, Hibbard
Cons: Williams 4


Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Dunx McClement (Scotland)

Sale Sharks 24-0 Cardiff Blues
AJ Bell Stadium

Sale picked up their first victory of the Challenge Cup campaign as they saw off Pool 2 pace-setters Cardiff Blues at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The victory moves the Sharks up to third, one point behind Toulouse and two off the Blues, who of course play host to Sale next weekend.

Sale led 9-0 at the break thanks to three AJ MacGinty penalties and scored the fixture’s first try on the hour through scrum-half Will Cliff.

They wrapped up the four points three minutes from time with a try from replacement hooker Marc Jones adding the gloss to the victory.

The scorers:

For Sale Sharks:
 Cliff, Jones
Con: MacGinty
Pens: MacGinty 4


Worcester 35-14 Oyonnax

Worcester were too good for Oyonnax as they ran out comfortable 35-14 winners at Sixways, picking up the bonus point for good measure.

This win keeps them very much in the hunt for pool qualification, with tries from Tom Howe (2), Luke Baldwin and David Denton carded.

In reply, Oyonnax’s try scorer was Hika Elliot as they suffer a third defeat from three and remain on zero points at the bottom of Pool 5.

The scorers:

For Worcester:
 Howe 2, Baldwin, Denton
Cons: Olver 3
Pens: Olver 3

For Oyonnax:
Pens: Ruiz 3


Newcastle 52-24 Bordeaux-Begles
Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons won a thrilling Challenge Cup game against Bordeaux-Begles to move back to the top of Pool 1, above the Dragons.

First-half scores from Calum Green, Adam Radwan (2), Mark Wison, Ben Sowrey and Craig Willis gave them a 38-17 half-time cushion. Yann Lesgourgues and Matthieu Jalibert hit back for the visitors in a high-scoring affair.

Geoffrey Cros scored for UBB on 56 minutes to reduce the gap but Alex Tait’s try soon after kept the Frenchmen at arm’s length before Josh Matavesi took the Falcons up to the 50-point mark to cap an impressive home win.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
 Green, Radwan 2, Wilson, Sowrey, Willis, Tait, Matavesi
Cons: Willis 4, Hodgson 2

For Bordeaux-Begles:
Lesgourgues, Jalibert, Cros
Cons: Jalibert 2, Volavola
Pen: Jalibert


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