La Rochelle have put a massive score on Russian side Yenisey-STM Krasnoyarsk, coming away from Siberia with an attacking bonus point in their opening Challenge Cup match.
The Top 14 side scored 12 tries in a demolition of the Russian Premier League outfit, with tries for the away team at the Krasny Yar Stadium.
Exactly a year ago, the Siberian city was the setting of a major Challenge Cup shock when Krasny Yar defeated holders Stade Français Paris, but there was to be no fairytale this season.
Last season’s Continental Shield winners, Enisei-STM, were outmatched, and fell to a 21 – 82 defeat.
Scorers: Gregory Alldritt, Maxime Lafage, Hikairo Forbes, Paul Jordaan (2), Marc Andreu, Jean Victor Goillot (2), Romaric Camou, Pierre Aguillon (2) and Ihaia West (2 pens) and Lafage kicking 20 points.
Énorme victoire des Jaune et Noir en Russie !! Avec 12 essais marqués, les Rochelais ramènent le bonus offensif de Sibérie ! RDV vendredi à 20h00 à Deflandre pour le match retour ! #ChallengeCupRugby #FievreSR pic.twitter.com/fb3w994l3s
— Stade Rochelais (@staderochelais) October 13, 2018
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