Challenge Cup: Edinburgh boost qualification hopes while Lyon seal top spot

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Edinburgh helped their chances of qualifying for the Challenge Cup last-16 after thrashing a poor Brive outfit 66-3.

Glen Young and Freddie Owsley both impressed, scoring two tries apiece, and it was the former who set the ball rolling by going over twice in the first 26 minutes.

It was 21-3 when Jamie Ritchie touched down before Darcy Graham crossed the whitewash to secure the bonus-point before half-time.

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Shell-shocked Brive were struggling to cope with Edinburgh’s free-flowing play, and debutant Owsley delivered a superb fifth try before half-time when he kicked over the top and out-sprinted the Brive defence.

Edinburgh were 33-3 up when a blistering opening period came to an end, and it was not long before they extended their lead with Owsley celebrating his second after 42 minutes. Owsley then turned provider to pass to Ben Muncaster, who made no mistake in the corner.

Edinburgh moved past the half-century mark when Hamish Watson scored the home side’s eighth try of the evening after 67 minutes.

Following his call-up to Scotland’s Six Nations squad, Mark Bennett completed a week to remember by crossing over before Henry Pyrgos rounded out a brilliant win with his side’s 10th try in the final minute.

The victory sees Edinburgh overhaul Brive in Pool C and extend their unbeaten home streak in the pool stage of the Challenge Cup to 17 matches.

Lyon hold off spirited Benetton

Lyon made sure of top spot in Challenge Cup Pool B after overcoming a stubborn effort from Benetton to claim a 25-10 triumph.

The Frenchmen kept their opponents at arm’s length for the majority of the match but it was only in the latter stages when they eventually sealed the win.

Hamza Kaabeche and Juan Ignacio Brex traded tries in the first quarter before Leo Berdeu’s penalty and Ethan Dumortier’s effort moved the hosts 15-7 ahead.

Leonardo Marin kicked a three-pointer to keep the Italians in the contest and that was how it remained until the final few minutes when Lyon struck two decisive blows.

Lima Sopoaga scored a penalty before Xavier Mignot touched down a minute later to rubberstamped the victory.

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