Friday, October 27, 2017

Challenge Cup Pool 1 Round 2 review

Enisei-STM 21 – 28 Dragons

Dragons were victorious in their 50th Challenge Cup game, they’ve played more than any Welsh side.  They took the lead early on with two tries, scored by Hill and Rosser, both converted by O’Brien.  That would be it for the scoring in the first half as Dragons led 0 – 14.

Hallam Amos touched down at the start of the second half to put Dragons further ahead.  Enisei would respond with a try from hooker Stanislav Selski.  A penalty try for the Russians put them within one score, but Charlie Davies would get over the line Immediately after to ensure the win.  Anton Rudoi got a try late on, Kushnarev converted it to ensure Enisei took a losing bonus point.  

Bordeaux-Begles 20 – 21 Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle came from 10 points down to edge out Bordeaux.  Bordeaux went ahead 3 minutes in with a penalty from Hickey.  They would go 10 – 0 up within the first ten minutes when Tauleigne touched down.  Newcastle would respond with a try from Burrows.  It was Bordeaux who led at halftime, prop Sébastien Taofifenua got over to make the scoreline read 17 – 7.

Toby Flood began the comeback for Newcastle in the first minute of the 2nd half with a try that he converted.  A penalty from Hickey was the only score of the second 40 for Bordeaux.  Welsh got over the lline and Flood converted to put Newcastle ahead for the first time in the game, and the Falcons would see it out.  

Newcastle top the pool with 9 points, ahead of Bordeaux and Dragons on 6, Enisei sit bottom with 1 point.  

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Ciarán Duffy (@TheVoiceDepth) is a Leinster supporter and self-proclaimed ‘big cheese’ of Post To Post (@PostToPostSport).   He’ll write about anything rugby under the condition he gets to take it too seriously.
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