Wasps run riot against Italians
A review of the weekend's action in the Amlin Challenge Cup as Wasps finished top of their pool with a thumping win over Viadana.
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Elliot Daly sparked a try spree for Wasps against Viadana at Adams Park to emphatically finish top of Amlin Challenge Cup Pool Four and secure a home quarter-final with a thumping 64-17 victory on Sunday.
Wasps won the reverse fixture against Viadana by a record scoreline in Italy three months ago as they touched down for an incredible 14 tries in a 90-17 success at the Stadio Comuncale Pierluigi Zaffanella and there was more of the same in Round 6 as they ran riot against the Italians with 10 tries.
The highlight of those was the hat-trick from full back Daly scored in 16 whirlwind first half minutes after flanker Ashley Johnson had got the scoreboard ticking over and making the most of a great driving maul for their first.
Worcester saved their best performance in Europe this season for their last Pool One match as they finally broke their duck with a 20-13 triumph over Oyonnax.
Jonathan Bousquet gave the latter a ninth-minute lead with a penalty and then Salim Tebani crashed over for the first try of the match.
The Warriors kept their composure in difficult conditions and by the break a penalty try, converted by Ignacio Mieres, had brought them back to within one point.
Oyonnax lost Ruaan du Preez through a yellow card early in the second half and finally succumbed to the home pressure just after the hour.
Mieres landed two penalties within the space of four minutes to grab the lead and from then on it was a case of managing the lead.
Home prayers were answered a minute later when Max Stelling crossed for a try and Mieres' conversion made it 13 points in the space of six minutes.
That was game-changing and, even though Oyonnax hit back with a try by Bousquet eight minutes from time, the Warriors wound down the clock and thoroughly deserved what they got in the end.
London Irish ran in seven tries in their 49-0 hammering of I Cavalieri Prato in Italy, but it was not enough to enable them to overtake table-topping Stade Francais, who moved into the quarter-finals.
The Exiles got off to a flying start with a try in the first minute from Matt Parr, the first of four in the first half that secured the bonus point.
Declan Danaher, Andrew Fenby and Blair Cowan grabbed the other tries.
There were three more after the break to take the Exiles' total in the pool to 41 over the six games.
In the late game, Rob Miller kicked a late penalty to rubberstamp Sale's place in the quarter-finals with a 9-7 win at Biarritz.
The Sharks trailed 7-6 in the closing stages but looked to have done enough to clinch top spot in Pool One as they clung to a losing bonus point in France.
However, full-back Miller held his nerve to kick a third penalty two minutes from time to win the match and claim a home tie in the knockout stage as third seeds in the last eight.
Newcastle Falcons ended their campaign by cruising to a 28-0 victory over Bucuresti Wolves - but it wasn't enough to keep their hopes alive.
The hosts went into the Pool Three contest at Kingston Park with an outside chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, but Brive's 31-9 win over Calvisano put paid to those hopes.
The Falcons did still come away with a commanding success over their Romanian opponents, Ryan Shortland and Tom Catterick running in tries, with a penalty try also awarded to the home side.
Rory Clegg added three penalties and a conversion, while Phil Godman proved to be the only other points-scorer as he tagged on the extras to Catterick's late effort.
Elsewhere, Bath secured a home fixture in the quarter-finals by dispatching Bordeaux-Begels 54-13 in their final group fixture at the Rec.
Already assured of a last-eight place, Bath made it six wins from six in the competition - four of which have been bonus-point triumphs - by running in eight tries against their French opponents.
As well as securing home advantage, the victory also ensures Bath will avoid any 'best losers' from the Heineken Cup competition in the next phase.
Marauding wing Tom Biggs started the ball rolling after just 86 seconds and, despite struggling for fluency as the half progressed, Bath struck twice more before the interval through George Ford and Anthony Perenise to lead 21-6 at the break.
Jonathan Joseph secured the bonus point after the interval before Dominic Day Semesa Rokoduguni (2) and Kyle Eastmond added further tries.
In the same pool, Newport Gwent Dragons won 24-12 at Mogliano but missed the chance to finish second in the group by failing to gain a bonus point.
Wayne Evans and Ross Ward scored in the space of four minutes as Dragons were forced to overturn a 9-3 half-time deficit at Stadio Maurizio Quaggia.
Steffan Jones levelled the scores, with prop Nathan Buck in the sin bin, before the two tries and five points from replacement Kris Burton, but the Dragons could not grab a bonus even though Mogliano finished the game with 13 men.
The other match of the night saw Stade Francais run out 48-15 winners away to Lusitanos, a result which ended London Irish's hopes of a quarter-final spot.
On Friday, Grenoble beat fellow French side Bayonne 34-16 but both sides had already been eliminated with Wasps having won Pool Four.