Fixtures - Top Bar

Rugby Challenge Cup round-up: Smith salutes unsung hero Dorrian

512064407JM00019_London_Iri

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith admitted he was taken aback by Myles Dorrian’s kicking display after the fly-half converted all ten Exiles tries in their 70-14 victory over Rovigo.

Topsy Ojo grabbed a hat-trick of scores, while Eoin Griffin, Dan Leo, Kieran Low, Leo Halavatu, Tom Guest, James Short Dorrian also crossed over against the Italian outfit.

And it was Dorrian who impressed the boss more than anyone else, with his unerring accuracy off the tee and his ability to control proceedings, as Irish made the perfect start to their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign.

“Every try seemed to be scored in a corner. He had one easy kick, everything else was from out wide,” said Smith

“I am so happy for him that he nailed the last conversion because ten from ten is as good a kicking performance as you are going to get.

“He is one of the unsung heroes of the club. He goes about his work without any fuss. He runs water for the starting team every week and is the ultimate club man.”

Saturday brought no joy to the Aviva Premiership Rugby contingent of London Welsh and Exeter Chiefs as both suffered first round defeats away from home.

Welsh found themselves behind early on against Lyon in their Pool 4 clash but tries from Chris Elder and James Lewis meant the Exiles were only trailing 21-15 at the break.

But when Seb Stegmann was shown a yellow card, the Welsh defence succumbed to the pressure and Seru Sukanaveita touched down for the hosts who ran out 28-18 winners.

The Chiefs meanwhile took on another French side in the form of Bayonne and started well with Adam Hughes going over early to put the visitors in control.

Opeti Fonua and Pierre Sayerse hit back for Bayonne to hand them a 17-16 half-time lead, but a Carl Rimmer score had the Chiefs back ahead.

Rob Baxter’s men looked good for the win but with just two minutes remaining Tonga international Lisiate Fa’aoso went over to seal a 30-24 win for the hosts.

Baxter said afterwards: “I know the players are frustrated because they put a lot of physical effort into it and I know they will be frustrated by the direction of some of the things they did. “But I am not going to sit here and say it should be perfect from players that haven’t been playing together.

“As frustrating as it is for me and as frustrating as it is for the players, sometimes you just have to take it on the chin.

“A win here would have been a great achievement, but we have come up a bit short and not achieved our goal of winning, which we came here to do.”

Friday night saw Newcastle Falcons get their campaign off to a winning start at the expense of Bucharest Wolves – collecting their third straight win in all competitions in the process.

After Aviva Premiership Rugby wins over Exeter Chiefs and London Welsh, The Falcons ran out 43-19 winners against the Romanian outfit on Friday.

Will Witty dotted down in the very first minute, while Lee Smith had his side’s second score just three minutes later in what was a frantic start.

And the hosts never looked back as Chris Harris, Mark Wilson, David Nelson and Tom Penny (2) all crossed in the seven-try win.

And on Thursday Gloucester Rugby signalled their intent in the competition with a thumping 55-0 defeat of Brive at Kingsholm.

Charlie Sharples starred on his 150th appearance for the Cherry and Whites, scoring a hat-trick of tries with James Hook, Darren Dawidiuk and Dan Robson all crossing.    

And wing Jonny May insists everybody got what they deserved from the match, saving special praise for Sharples on his landmark evening.

“I’m just delighted because we have worked really hard this season and we are coming together,” said May.

“I am really happy for Charlie. He is a loyal servant to the club, a great player and a great teammate and he got what he deserved for him.

“They have been scoring over 20 points a game in their league and they are a great attacking side so credit to our side to nil them.”
 
 
Sunday

London Irish 70 Rovigo 14
 
London Irish
Tries: Ojo 3, Dorrian, Griffin, Halavatu, Low, Guest, Leo, Short
Conversions: Dorrian 10
 
Rovigo
Tries: Mahoney, De Marchi
Conversions: Farolini, Basson
 
Referee: Vlad Iordescu
Attendance: 4,219
 
 
Saturday
 
Bayonne 30 Exeter Chiefs 24

Bayonne
Tries: Fonua, Sayerse, Fa'aoso
Conversions: Loustalot 3
Penalties: Loustalot 3

Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Hughes, Rimmer
Conversions: Sweeney
Penalties: Sweeney 3, Arnott

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
Attendance: 8,206

Lyon 28 London Welsh 18

Lyon
Tries: Januarie, Estebanez, Romanet, Sukanaveita
Conversions: Porical 4

London Welsh
Tries: Elder, Lewis
Conversions: Roberts
Penalties: Roberts 2
 
Referee: Claudio Blessano
Attendance: 8,455
 
 
Friday
 
Newcastle Falcons 43 Bucharest Wolves 19

Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Witty, Smith, Harris, Wilson, Penny 2, Nelson
Conversions: Clegg 3, Smith

Bucharest Wolves
Tries: Ionita, Botezatu 2
Conversions: Samoa 2

Referee: David Wilkinson
Attendance: 3,053
 
 
Thursday
 
Gloucester Rugby 55 Brive 0

Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Sharples 3, Hook, Dawidiuk, Robson, Penalty
Conversions: Laidlaw 3, Hook, Cook 2, Robson
Penalties: Laidlaw 2
 
Referee: Ian Davies
Attendance: 9,793 

Latest News

Anthony Watson targets England jersey ahead of Bath Rugby return

Anthony Watson is a man on a mission for club and country in 2017, hell-bent on regaining his England shirt ahead…

anthonywatson16sb1111theclash

Bristol Rugby skipper David Lemi returns for Pau clash

David Lemi returns as skipper when Bristol Rugby face Pau in the European Challenge Cup on Sunday (3pm KO). Only…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Will Spencer and Connor Braid set for Worcester Warriors debuts

Worcester Warriors duo Will Spencer and Connor Braid will make their club debuts this Saturday when they take on Newport…

carlhogg1111sb1617

Exeter Chiefs side to face Bordeaux Begles

Nothing less than victory will suffice for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs side ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup…

Jack Nowell in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena Wallaby signing Kurtley Beale…

Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut in the Champions Cup

England quartet return for Saracens European clash with Sale Sharks

Saracens have named their side to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round three of the European Rugby Champions Cup clash…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Harlequins team to play Timisoara Saracens

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Timisoara Saracens in Round 3 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup trip to Ireland

Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs return to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's European Champions Cup trip to face Munster…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Saracens in European Rugby Champions Cup

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday (kick off…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Ewels and Stooke back for Bath Rugby

Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke both return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow when they face Cardiff Blues in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fisher hails ‘outstanding’ Gloucester Rugby after La Rochelle win

Gloucester Rugby ran in four tries as they romped to an impressive European Rugby Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle,…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Shervington re-joins Wasps on short-term contract

Edd Shervington has signed a three-month contract with the club to provide cover at hooker, following injuries to Tom Cruse…

Edd Shervington

Dean Hammond – We’ll play a positive brand of rugby

Winger Dean Hammond insists Worcester Warriors will play a positive brand of rugby as they prepare for Saturday's European Challenge…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Premiership Rugby clubs in Europe live on TV

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s finest return to European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action this weekend looking to build on…

tvrelease1111

Josh Beaumont backs Sale Sharks’ new boys to shine

Marquee summer signings AJ MacGinty and Josh Charnley are primed and ready to make their presence felt in the second…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match officials for this weekend’s European fixtures

Northampton Saints will face Leinster in a rematch of the memorable 2011 final as the European Rugby Champions Cup returns…

629845781DM00026_Saracens_v

Sam Egerton ready for fierce Lyon challenge

Scrum-half Sam Egerton believes Newcastle Falcons can push on and meet ‘fire with fire’ against Lyon in the European Rugby…

Sam Egerton making a break against Ospreys in the Challenge Cup

Geoff Parling: Chiefs can draw European inspiration from last season’s heroics

Following two defeats from two, qualification for the European knock-out stages may look like mission improbable – but if there’s…

666709985_ht_1936_5ffe036790f2651d04cf02d772136916.jpg

Aaron Morris desperate for Quins to sort out away form

Aaron Morris is proud of Harlequins’ record at the Stoop but the full-back has warned his teammates the season will…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fenton-Wells confident Lam will make impact at Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby flanker Nick Fenton-Wells is confident the club have acquired a top coach in Pat Lam but won’t let…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library