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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 December 2007, 16:57 GMT
English trio maintain Euro record
European Challenge Cup
Leeds, Bath, Worcester and Sale all won over the weekend to top their European Challenge Cup pools and close in on quarter-final places.

Leeds ran in seven tries against Calvisano - including a hat-trick for full-back Leigh Hinton - in a 45-5 win.

Tom Biggs scored after four minutes, as did Hinton moments later.

Back row John Dunbar was the next on to the scoresheet. Former Italy A fly-half Alberto di Bernardo added five conversions in all.

Sale are now the only side in the tournament with a perfect 15 points out of 15 after three rounds after Saturday's 51-12 mauling of Bayonne.

Chris Mayor and Rory Lamont both grabbed try doubles in France as the Sharks ran in eight tries in all.

Former England back-rower Pat Sanderson scored a 20-minute hat-trick of tries as Worcester crushed GRAN Parma 50-0 in awful conditions at Sixways.

The eight-try win gives the Warriors an almost unassailable lead in Pool Two, and with 14 points from a possible 15 they are on target for a home quarter-final in April.

On Friday Newcastle lost 16-13 on their trip to Irish province Connacht.

Jonny Wilkinson converted Tom May's first-half try and hit two penalties but Connacht kept in touch through a converted Conor O'Loughlin try.

Fly-half Andy Dunne dropped a goal to level at 13-13, and slotted a late penalty to seal the win and narrow the gap to the Falcons, the pool leaders.

Bath beat minnows Albi 26-18 to lead Pool One with three wins out of three.

Newcastle, who gave a debut to former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman, are still odds-on to top Pool Three but have games against Brive and a return match against Connacht to come.

Brive's 71-0 victory over Centransa El Salvador gave them a bonus point for a total of 10 after three matches - one ahead of the Falcons.

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