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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 January, 2005, 13:02 GMT
European Challenge Cup review
Fly-half Nicky Little kicked a conversion, three penalties and a drop goal
Grenoble 21-26 Connacht
Sale 34-18 Agen
Pau 25-21 Clermont-Auvergne
Saracens 19-6 Brive
Saracens put themselves in a good position to progress in the European Challenge Cup with a 19-6 quarter Final first leg win over French side Brive.

Sarries' only try at in a competitive game at Vicarage Road came through Paul Bailey, with Nicki Little converting.

Little also kicked three penalties and a drop goal. Brive points came from two Julienne Laharrague penalties.

Elsewhere, Sale came from 15-6 down at half-time to beat Agen 34-18 in their quarter-final first-leg.

Charlie Hodgson landed seven out of nine kicks and also set up tries for Magnus Lund and Mark Cueto at Edgeley Road.

The pair both benefitted from pinpoint Hodgson passes to go over and help the Sale cause.

Steve Hanley scored another try late on to give Sale a useful lead going into the second leg in France.

Connacht beat Grenoble 21-26 to gain a prized quarter-final first-leg win at Stade Lesdiguieres on Friday.

The Irish overcame the loss of Matt Lacey and Matt Mostyn shortly before kick-off, to give themselves every chance of making the last four.

James Downey and skipper Andrew Farley touched down either side of the break, and Paul Warwick booted 16 points.

Grenoble, coached by Dean Richards, led 21-13 at the break but faded badly in the second half.

  • In the European Shield quarter-final first-leg games, Worcester beat Leonessa 32-6.

    Leeds Tykes were came back from 12-31 down at half-time to see off Italian side Petrarca Padova 29-13 in front of just 1,067 spectators at Headingley.

    Bayonne ran out comfortable 99-0 winners against UCM Madrid.

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