Ram­pant Stade stay in con­tention with five-try romp

The Rugby Paper - - European Challenge Cup -

STADE FRAN­CAIS re­main in with a shot at the Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter beat­ing Pau 35-14.

A try from cen­tre Gael Fickou gave the hosts an early lead, but Pau ap­plied pres­sure on the Stade’s de­fence to earn a penalty try and see the first 40 end even. Af­ter the break, how­ever, tries from back three duo Tony En­sor and Julien Arias then stacked the game in Stade’s favour, though Pau replied through An­toine Has­toy.

But re­place­ment back Alex Ar­rate sealed the try bonus point and Morne Steyn put the match be­yond doubt. Pool 4 lead­ers La Rochelle have planted one foot in the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter they eased past Ze­bre 32-12.

It wasn’t an easy start for the French hosts who couldn’t hold Gabriele Di Gi­ulio and Maxime Mbanda at bay for first-half Ze­bre scores.

But a four-try glut in the se­cond 40 min­utes cour­tesy of Dany Priso, Arthur Retiere, Le­vani Bo­tia and Hikario Forbes ral­lied La Rochelle to vic­tory. Vis­i­tors BordeauxBe­gles got the bet­ter of

Per­pig­nan 34-27 to keep their hopes alive.

Twelve points from Ire­land’s play­maker Paddy Jack­son did lit­tle to af­fect the score­board as Yann Les­gour­gues, Cam Woki, Ge­orge Tis­ley, Ni­co­las Plazy and Afae­setiti Amosa all ran in tries.

A hat-trick from scrumhalf Tito Te­baldi pow­ered

Benet­ton Tre­viso to a 38-24 win over French out­fit Agen.

Tom­maso Ian­none and Il­liesa Ratuva also crossed for the Ital­ians.

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