Superb Worcester win in Paris
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.