10:09pm, 13 October 2018
Tom Howe scored a first-half double as
Worcester Warriors pulled off a shock 38-27 European Challenge Cup bonus-point win at Stade Francais and 12-try La Rochelle humiliated Enisei on Saturday.
Stade had won 23 out of 26 Challenge Cup home games at the pool stage and Worcester arrived in Paris as huge underdogs, having lost their last 11 away matches in the competition as well as being without a win in
France for a decade.
The Premiership side upset the
Top 14 high-fliers with a brilliant Pool 2 performance on the road, though, Howe crossing for a second time just before the break after Matt Cox scored the opening try.
Ted Hill and
Jamie Shillcock also went over in the second half and Jono Lance took his tally with the boot to 13 points, ensuring tries from Kylan Hamdaoui, Laurent Panis and Piet van Zyl were in vain for the 2016-17 Challenge Cup winners.
La Rochelle showed no mercy on Enisei in Russia, scoring six tries in each half of a 82-21 Pool 4 rout.
Jean Victor Goillot and
Pierre Aguillon claimed two five-pointers apiece and Maxime Lafage finished with a 25-point haul in a ruthless mauling.
Top 14 leaders
Clermont Auvergne laid down a marker with a 41-20 win at Northampton Saints and the Dragons were emphatic 54-17 winners over Timisoara Saracens in the other Pool 1 clash.
Connacht saw off Bordeaux-Begles 22-10 in Pool 3 and the
Ospreys also struck a blow for the Pro14, George North among the four try-scorers in a 27-0 Pool 2 triumph over Pau.
Harlequins thumped Agen 54-22 at The Stoop, while there were also wins for Bristol Bears and Benetton Treviso. In other news
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