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Stade and Brive Maintain 100% Records

Wilkinson helps Toulon beat former club

Posted Dec 20, 2011 by Chris White

Jonny Wilkinson inspired Toulon to victory against Newcastle

Stade Francais and Brive maintained their 100% winning records in the Amlin Challenge Cup with their fourth victories of the season. Elsewhere, there was another win for a French club, with Toulon taking the spoils against Newcastle as Jonny Wilkinson returned to haunt his former side.

Stade thumped Crociati Parma 45-3 to keep the top spot in Pool One with a bonus point victory against their Italian opponents, who are yet to win a game in this season’s competition. Djibril Camara and Laurent Sempere both scored tries in the first half, before a brace from Pascal Pape secured the bonus. Stade weren’t done there, and Aled de Malmanche crossed for a fifth try of the game, and there was still time for David Lyons and Pierre Rabadan to touch down to compile the misery for Parma.

The other Pool One fixture saw Worcester cruise past Bucuresti 57-13 at Sixways to hang on to second spot. Marcel Garvey scored twice in the first half after the Warriors were gifted a penalty try. Garvey scored his first of the game soon after, followed almost immediately by Nile Dacres to end the contest before the interval. Garvey, Aleki Lutui, Chris Pennell, Josh Drauniniu, Miles Benjamin and Jake Abbott all went over in the second half to keep the pressure on Stade Francais.

Toulon lead the way in Pool Two after a Wilkinson-inspired 36-10 win against Newcastle. Wilkinson kicked a penalty and four conversions as the home side ran in five tries to claim the winning bonus point. After Wilkinson and Jeremy Manning exchanged penalties, Geoffroy Messina went over for the first try if the game, before Christian Lomany went over twice in quick succession to take the game away from the Premiership side. Eifion Roberts ended the Falcons’ hope of a comeback with another try, but it was Newcastle who scored the last try, thanks to Corne Uys.

Lyon beat Petrarca 43-3 in the other match in the Pool to keep their hopes of qualification alive. Two tries from Waisele Sukanaveita and Alipate Fatafehi and one from Antonio Testa made it five tries inside 35 minutes for Lyon. Mark van Gisbergen scored a sixth in the second half, and Thibaut Regard helped himself to a try before the end to cap an easy victory.

In Pool Three, a 25-11 victory for Wasps at home to Bayonne made sure the English side went top at Adams Park. 17 points from the boot of Nicky Robinson followed a fifth minute try from Sam Jones as Wasps dominated the early exchanges. Sione Lauaki muscled his way over the line right on half time to reduce the deficit, but Wasps regrouped and came out looking solid, and a fifth penalty from Robinson made sure there was no way back for Bayonne.

Exeter lead the way in Pool Four on points difference after a 23-19 win at Newport-Gwent Dragons. The Chiefs came back from ten points behind to win the game at Rodney Parade, after Toby Faletau scored a great try for the home side to put them 16-6 ahead at the break. Jason Tovey kicked 14 points for the Dragons, but Simon Alcott touched down to bring Exeter back into the match, and then a 77th minute try from James Phillips ensured his side took the spoils.

The other match saw a comfortable victory for Perpignan, who beat Cavalieri Prato 30-13. Both sides exchanged early penalties, but Perpignan went clear after earning a penalty try, which was converted by Jerome Porical for a 13-6 lead. The game was all over just before the hour, when they were awarded a second penalty try, with Porical again converting. Florian Cazenave dived over for a third try for the Catalan side, and Henry Tuilagi made sure his side earned the bonus point with a fourth. Niccolo Tempestini did manage to get the Italians a consolation try but it was too little too late.

Brive made it four wins from four in Pool Five with a comfortable 38-13 win against La Vila. Benjamin Caminati touched down after just five minutes, with Scott Spedding going over two minutes later, Caminati adding the extras on both occasions. The bonus point was sealed after 22 minutes, with Louis Acosta the next to score, followed by Mathias Atayi. Alexandre Bias scored a fifth try before the break for Brive, but the Spanish side came back well in the second period. Nathan Reid touched down for his side’s only try.

Sale stay second, thirteen points clear of Agen after a 41-21 victory at Edgeley Park. Tom Brady scored twice for the Sharks, and David Seymour, Cillian Willis and Scott Mathie also touched down to give the home side a bonus point. Jamie Robinson and Opeti Fonua scored late tries to reduce the arrears, but Mathie’s try extended the lead.

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