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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 October 2005, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
European Challenge Cup - round-up
Jonny Wilkinson
Wilkinson produced an impressive performance in Europe
Jonny Wilkinson scored 26 points as the Newcastle Falcons got off to the perfect start in the European Challenge Cup with a 51-19 win over Brive.

The England fly-half missed just one of 10 spot kicks during the match.

Falcons captain Colin Charvis scored two second-half tries, while Jamie Noon, Matt Burke and Tom May also all touched down.

Brive, who fell 22 points behind their opponents by the break, were never really in the game.

In the other match in pool four, Border Reivers struggled to hold off unfancied Italian side L'Aquila, who led the Scottish visitors 22-12 at half-time.

But the Reivers came to life in the second half to run out 32-25 victors, with Stuart Moffatt going over for two tries and Charles Hore kicking 17 points.

Pat Sanderson's bid for a third European Challenge Cup winner's medal had an ideal start as Worcester scored five tries in the 36-18 win against Montpellier.

A winner with Harlequins in 2001 and 2004, he was the star performer for Worcester and added a try of his own in the match.

New recruit Shane Drahm got the first of Worcester's five tries and ended the game with a 16-point haul.

Connacht produced a massive 62-17 mauling of Amatori Catania. Keith Matthews was the pick of their runners with a hat-trick of tries.

He was ably supported by Darren Yapp and Conor McPhillips, who added a brace each.

Northampton came off the field 47-25 winners in their pool one match against Viadana at Franklin's Gardens.

England reject Ben Cohen scored a hat-trick, while fellow wing John Rudd ended the match with two scores.

In the same group, Bristol were beaten on their travels, French side Narbonne inflicting a 20-13 defeat on the west country club.

Mariano Sambucetti scored a converted injury time try in the second half and Danny Gray's last-gasp penalty earned a consolation bonus point.

But Gloucester's journey was more profitable as they returned from Bayonne with a 26-10 success.

Haydn Thomas, Andy Hazell and James Forrester all crossed the line for the Cherry and Whites.

Meanwhile, London Irish avenged last season's defeat in Pau.

The Exiles did all the damage in the first half, with tries from Delon Armitage and Manuel Leguizamon, and though Pau fought back in a scrappy second half, Irish eventually won 20-13.


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