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Challenge Cup round-up: Gloucester come from behind to beat Zebre

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:  Ollie Thorley of Gloucester gets away from the Irish defence during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugb
Image: Ollie Thorley scored twice for Gloucester as they came from behind to beat Zebre in the Challenge Cup

Ollie Thorley scored a try in each half as Gloucester came from behind to claim a 33-26 bonus-point win over Zebre in European Challenge Cup Pool Three.

Trailing 19-14 at half-time after two early tries from the Italian side, Johan Ackermann's Cherry and Whites hit back after the break at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi to record their second win in the campaign.

Ruan Ackermann, Owen Williams and Richard Hibbard were the other try-scorers for Gloucester, with Williams adding four conversions.

Tries for Johan Mayer and Renato Giammarioli in the first 16 minutes - both converted by Carlo Canna - gave Zebre a flying start, with further scores from Tommaso Boni and Ciaran Gaffney, with Guglielmo Palazzani adding a conversion.

Newcastle Falcons 52-24 Bordeaux-Begles

Newcastle secured a bonus point before half-time as they overcame an early tussle to power past Bordeaux Begles 52-24 at Kingston Park in Pool One.

Tries from Calum Green, Adam Radwan (two), Scott Wilson, Ben Sowery and Craig Willis gave the Falcons the advantage with the latter kicking four conversions. Yann Lesgourgues and Mathieu Jalibert scored for Bordeaux, with Jalibert also adding both conversions and a penalty.

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Geoffrey Cros scored for Bordeaux after the break but Alex Tait and Josh Matavesi touched down for two converted tries to seal victory and move them top of the group.

Sale 24-0 Cardiff Blues

Sale claimed their first win after they toppled Pool Two leaders Cardiff Blues 24-0.

The Sharks took a 9-0 advantage into half-time thanks to three penalties by Alan MacGinty and added tries from Will Cliff and Marc Jones after the break, with a conversion and another penalty from MacGinty.

Worcester 35-14 Oyannax

Worcester defeated winless Oyonnax 35-14 to move top of Pool Five.

The Warriors edged the first half 13-11 thanks to a converted try from Tom Howe, with fly-half Sam Olver also kicking two penalties. Hika Elliot crossed for Oyonnax with Christopher Ruiz on target with two penalties.

Howe scored his second try after the break, with Luke Baldwin and David Denton also crossing. Olver kicked two more conversions and a penalty, with Ruiz adding another.

Edinburgh 50-20 London Irish

Edinburgh maintained their perfect start to the competition with an eight-try 50-20 bonus-point win against London Irish in Pool Four.

Richard Cockerill's side took a 26-10 advantage to half-time despite Rory Sutherland's 18th-minute yellow card after tries from Stuart McInally, Blair Kinghorn and two from Phil Burleigh, while Ben Ransom crossed for the Exiles.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne picked up with a try for Edinburgh seven minutes into the second half with Darcey Graham and Junior Rasolea touching down either side of Mike Coman's try for the visitors. Ben Meehan scored a late try for Irish with Sean Kennedy doing the same for the hosts.

Jaco Van Der Walt slotted three conversions and Kinghorn two, with Irish full-back Greig Tonks kicking one for the visitors.

Brive 31-38 Connacht

In the other match, Connacht beat Brive 38-31 with Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, Jack Carty and Kian Kelleher the tryscorers, with fly-half Carty also kicking four penalties and three conversions.

Mike Tadjer (two), Florian Cazanave, Julien Brugnaut and Guillaume Namy all crossed for Brive, with Gaeten Germain adding four conversions.

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