Su­perb Worces­ter win in Paris

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Worces­ter War­riors scored five tries as they pro­duced a su­perb per­for­mance to beat Stade Fran­cais 38-27 in Paris.

Stade are sec­ond in the Top 14 but they had no an­swer to the War­riors’ at­tack­ing power, with Matt Cox, Tom Howe (2), Ted Hill and Jamie Shill­cock all scor­ing to se­cure the shock bonus-point vic­tory.

There was less joy against French op­po­si­tion for Northamp­ton as

Cler­mont Au­vergne eased to a 41-20 vic­tory at Franklin’s Gar­dens. The French side scored 33 unan­swered points in a bril­liant spell af­ter an even start, with Peter Betham and Pe­celi Yato each claim­ing two tries. It looked like the re­sult would be a hu­mil­i­a­tion for Saints but late tries from Tom Collins and David Rib­bans gave them a mod­icum of re­spectabil­ity.

Bris­tol got their Chal­lenge Cup cam­paign up and run­ning with a bonus-point win over Ze­bre at Ash­ton Gate. The newly-pro­moted Premier­ship out­fit se­cured the ex­tra point within half an hour af­ter Siale Pi­u­tau and Ryan Ed­wards went over be­fore Gio­van­bat­tista Ven­ditti was sent to the sin-bin, and the hosts re­sponded through tries from Joe Latta, Nick Hain­ing and Ed­wards.

Ed­uardo Bello pulled one back be­fore Jake Arm­strong made it six tries be­fore the break and, al­though Tom­maso Castello scored af­ter the break for the vis­i­tors, Andy Uren capped off a 43-22 vic­tory.

Har­lequins bounced back from de­feat by Sara­cens last week with a com­fort­able 54-22 win over Agen, claim­ing the bonus point in the Pool Five clash.

Af­ter a nervy open­ing, Mike Brown opened the scor­ing in the 16th minute be­fore Char­lie Mulchrone backed it up and Mar­cus Smith sent Semi Ku­natani over be­fore the break. And the bonus point was se­cured as Nathan Earle, George Mer­rick and Joe Marchant all touched down.

Dragons ran in eight tries in a 54-17 thrash­ing of Ro­ma­nian club

Timisoara Sara­cens in the early Pool One clash. El­liot Dee scored twice, and Leon Brown, Dafydd How­ells, Lewis Evans, Ol­lie Grif­fiths and Rho­dri Davies also crossed along with a penalty try for a straight­for­ward open­ing vic­tory for the Welsh out­fit.

La Rochelle coasted past Eni­seiSTM with an 82-21 win in Rus­sia, scor­ing 12 tries – 11 of which were con­verted in the Pool Four fix­ture.

James Hook, George North and Luke Mor­gan (two) scored in a rou­tine 27-0 vic­tory for Ospreys over last sea­son’s semi-fi­nal­ists Pau, while Kyle God­win notched a brace for Con­nacht as they beat Bordeaux 22-10.

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