Newport-Gwent Dragons proved unstoppable in the only Amlin Challenge Cup match of Sunday as they powered past Mogliano Rugby 53-3.
Continuing on from their strong win against the Italians last week when they beat them 33-0, the Welsh team ran in eight tries – courtesy of the Evans trifecta of Daniel, Wayne and Jonathan, plus Michael Poole, Patrick Leach, Phil Price, Jack Dixon and a first half penalty try. Lewis Robling and Daniel Evans also added points with the boot to push the Dragons closer to the top of Pool 3. However, to get anywhere, they’ll need to overcome a strong Wasps side who are unbeaten in this year’s Challenge Cup.
Over in the Heineken Cup, this season seem to be going from bad to worse for Sale Sharks. Hoping to distract themselves from a torrid year in the Aviva Premiership, instead the Sharks were trounced by Toulon 62-0. Brothers Delon and Steffon Armitage were just two of the French side’s many try-scorers, with veteran Jonny Wilkinson adding the final points with his famous foot. Sale now crash out of Europe with the Heineken Cup’s worst ever defeat, with Toulon scoring seven of nine tries in a brutal second half. Based on a performance such as this, it’s hard to see where Sale can go from here and whether or not they can salvage anything from this seasons.
Owen Farrell guided Saracens to a close win over Munster, going two points clear at the top of Pool 1. The match was won on penalties in the second half after early tries from David Strettle and New Zealand’s Doug Howlett. Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara put his side ahead with two penalties of his own but a 20-minute flurry from Farrell secured it for the English side. Munster lie in third, with both sides to play bottom strugglers Edinburgh again.
The last match of the day saw Glasgow Warriors put up another spirited fight, but failed to Castres romping home 10-8. Ruaridh Jackson was gifted a penalty at the death to save Glasgow and give them their first win of the European season, but he somehow hit the post.