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 Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 15:49 GMT
Parker Pen Shield
Justin Thomas
Thomas started at fly-half for the Cheesemen in Rovigo
Parker Pen Shield - first round, first leg

Ebbw Vale 37-16 Madrid 2012

Ebbw Vale should have enough of a lead to take to Madrid for next week's second leg after winning 37-16 at Eugene Cross Park.

The Steelmen only led 14-6 at half-time but upped the pace after the break to leave their Spanish visitors behind.

Outside-half Scott Mitchell claimed a brace of tries, while Andrew Bevan and Kati Tuipolotu also finished with two scores.

Madrid's only try came courtesy of Spanish international centre Andrei Kovalenko.

Ebbw Vale: R Davies; M Rowlands, R Shorney, E Binham, A Bevan; S Mitchell, B Shelbourne; A Black, L Phillips, M Jones, O Booyse, N Edwards, C Billen, R Williams, K Tuipulotu.
Reps: J Evans, W Thomas, P Sidoli, P Williams.


Rugby Rovigo 26-22 Caerphilly

Rovigo surprised Welsh visitors Caerphilly with a four-point victory at the Stadio Mario Battaglini.

Scrum-half Matteo Mazzantini starred for the Italians with a brace of tries, converting one himself.

But Rovigo were indebted to Italian international Andrea Scanavacca for keeping Caerphilly at arm's length.

The fly-half struck four penalties and a conversion to leave the Welshmen on the losing side, despite tries from Ryan Howells (2), Sam Cox and Nathan Bressington.

However, Rovigo's slender advantage may not be enough to take to next week's return leg at Virginia Park.

Caerphilly: Sione Tuipulotu, Ryan Howells, Sam Cox, Roddy Boobyer, Nathan Bressington, Justin Thomas, Allen Chiltern, Lee Manning, Feao Vunipola, Darren Sweet, Nic Rouse, Mark Workman, Gareth Jones, Joe El-Abd, Andrew Williams.
Reps: Owain Ashman, Jarrod Murphy, Richard Skuse, Chris Ferris, Simon Grainger, Geraint Liddon, Paul Jones.

Ref: Christophe Berdos (France)


Dinamo Bucuresti restored some pride to Romanian rugby on Sunday by winning 27-24 away to L'Aquila Rugby of Italy.

Bucaresti led 24-14 at half-time at the Stadio Tommaso Fattori thanks to tries from Nicolae Oprea, Stefan Demici and Florin Tasca.

L'Aquila mounted a determined fight-back in the second half and had their visitors on the back foot.

But outside-half Serban Guranescu's penalty kick - his second of the match - proved enough to give Bucuresti a slim lead for next week's return leg.

GR.A.N Rugby Parma caused a shock as they beat French giants Pau 21-16 on Saturday.

Ryan Mey crossed for two tries, while fellow back row Diego Colli claimed another.

Pau had to make do with a solitary try from Pierre Som, but can still take their revenge in the return at the Stade du Hameau next week.

Petrarca Padova won the battle of the all Italian sides, winning 38-18 at Rugby Roma.

La Moraleja Alcobendas flew the flag for Spanish rugby with their first ever European victory, winning 26-19 over the Italians of Rugby Parma.

Mont de Marsan defeated Rugby Silea 17-7 in the Saturday evening clash..

In Friday's all-French tie, Castres beat countrymen Grenoble 14-13 at the Stade Pierre-Antoine.


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