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Edinburgh slay Saracens in European Challenge Cup campaign

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Edinburgh began their European Challenge Cup campaign with an impressive 21-18 victory over Saracens at the StoneX Stadium.

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Tries from Ramiro Moyano and WP Neil, together with three penalties and one conversion from Emiliano Boffelli, secured a crucial win against their Gallagher Premiership opponents.

Alex Goode and Andy Christie crossed for Saracens and Manu Vunipola kicked two penalties and a conversion.

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Mike Blair’s men held on for victory ahead of their double-header against Glasgow later this month.

Dragons let slip a nine-point lead to go down 22-16 at Perpignan, who made the most of the Welsh region losing Tavis Knoyle and Adam Warren to the sin-bin in the second half to claim victory.

Jamie Roberts’ 73rd-minute try, converted by Sam Davies who finished with 11 points, gave Dragons hope of a late recovery but the French side held on.

In-form London Irish enjoyed a better night in France as they defeated Pau 33-17 to claim a five-point haul in their European opener.

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Agustin Creevy and Olly Cracknell both scored two tries each for Irish after the Gallagher Premiership side – coming into the game on a four-match winning streak – had taken the lead through an 11th-minute penalty try.

Pau got to within touching distance at 26-17 in the closing stages but the Exiles slammed the door on them through Cracknell’s second try with the clock in the red.

Also on Saturday, Biarritz beat Zebre 26-13 thanks to tries from Antoine Erbani, Baptiste Erdocio, Ushangi Tcheishvili and Billy Scannell.

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