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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 December 2006, 17:32 GMT
European Challenge Cup - review
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Newcastle thrashed a poor Montauban side 35-0 on Sunday to keep alive their slim hopes of making it out of European Challenge Cup Pool Three.

The Falcons ran in five tries in total, with fly-half Toby Flood landing all five conversions.

Matthew Burke opened the scoring in the 19th minute and after back-rower Eni Gesinde crossed Burke added a second try to make it 21-0 at half-time.

Tom May supplied the bonus-point try before Brent Wilson completed the rout.

Bath continue to lead the way in Pool Four of the European Challenge Cup after a 20-14 win at home to fellow Guinness Premiership side Harlequins on Saturday.

Tries from Nick Abendanon and Shaun Berne helped the hosts into a 17-3 lead at the break.

Bath never looked like losing and it took an injury-time try from Tom Williams and an Andrew Mehrtens penalty to earn Quins a bonus point.

Saracens took control of Pool Two with a 36-16 win over GRAN Parma in Italy.

After hammering Parma 71-16 last weekend, the only surprise about Saracens' first try was that it took 18 minutes to arrive, the referee awarding them a penalty try.

The two New Zealand-born fly-halves - Parma's Rima Wakarua and Saracens' Glen Jackson - exchanged penalty goals before centre Rodd Penney's try gave the visitors a 17-9 lead at the break.

Flanker David Seymour finished off a brilliant break from Thomas Castaignede to put the result beyond doubt, while there were also tries for Paul Gustard and replacement scrum-half Moses Rauluni.

Glasgow kept the pressure on Saracens with an 8-7 win over Narbonne in France.

Worcester maintained their qualification hopes with a 23-12 victory over Albi at a fog-bound Municipal Stadium.

With spectators struggling to see any of the action, Shane Drahm slotted two penalties and converted centre Thomas Lombard's try to give the visitors a 13-7 half-time lead.

Drahm kicked his third penalty on the resumption and converted his own try on the hour to put the result beyond doubt.

But Clermont Auvergne remain the unbeaten leaders of Pool Five after dispatching Viadana 57-29.

In Romania, Newport-Gwent Dragons kept the pressure on Pool One leaders Bristol with a 39-29 win over Bucuresti.

In Italy, Pool Three leaders Brive hammered Petrarca 48-6 to put one foot into the quarter-finals.

On Friday Bristol moved closer to a place in the quarter-finals with a commanding 48-6 win over French visitors Bayonne.

Craig Morgan, Lee Robinson and Joe El Abd ran in early tries, with England scrum-half Shaun Perry bagging a fourth for a 24-3 lead at the break.

Perry scored his second shortly after, and Robinson completed a hat-trick to leave Bristol on 19 out of a possible 20 points.

In France, Montpellier beat Connacht 35-22 in a battle of the also-rans.



SEE ALSO
Narbonne 7-8 Glasgow Warriors
16 Dec 06 |  Glasgow
Bucuresti 29-39 Dragons
16 Dec 06 |  NG Dragons
European Challenge Cup round-up
10 Dec 06 |  Rugby Union


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