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Sam Parry double helps Ospreys to dominant victory over Castres

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Two tries from hooker Sam Parry helped Ospreys to a dominant victory over Castres in their opening match of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

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The hard work was done in the first half, with Parry’s brace and another try from Shaun Venter helping the Welsh side to a 25-3 lead at the break.

Castres improved in the second half but Dan Evans’ bonus-point try ended any hopes of a comeback and Luke Morgan added further gloss in a 39-15 success.

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Albert Tuisue scored two first-half tries for London Irish in a convincing 34-8 victory over Agen.

Steve Mafi and Oliver Hassell-Collins also crossed either side of half-time, with Agen’s only score at that stage a Noel Reid penalty.

Tevia Railevu got a try on the board for the hosts but Phil Cokanasiga grabbed London Irish’s fifth late on.

Worcester suffered late heartbreak at Pau as Antonie Erbani’s last-gasp try earned the French side a 24-20 victory.

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The teams were locked together at the break on 14 points apiece but two penalties from Jamie Shillcock gave Worcester a narrow advantage that they seemed set to hold onto until the final seconds.

Zebre and Bayonne played out a dramatic 25-25 draw at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

It was close throughout, with Zebre leading 18-13 at half-time. Bayonne wing Remy Baget then levelled the scores before Maxime Delonca scored a try to put the visitors in front.

Zebre fought back, though, and Matteo Nocera’s try was converted by Antonio Rizzi to leave the game tied.

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