Challenge Cup: Glasgow Warriors, Bristol Bears and Connacht win again as Harry Thacker and Alex Wootton score hat-tricks

Alex Wootton for Connacht Credit: Alamy
Alex Wootton for Connacht Credit: Alamy

Glasgow Warriors have secured their progress into the last 16 of the Challenge Cup after claiming a 40-26 victory over Perpignan in the south of France.

Perpignan had crossed first through Edward Sawailau after Ollie Smith was shown an early yellow card but Glasgow soon went in front as Sam Johnson crossed and Domingo Miotti knocked over the extras.

Although Nino Seguela restored Perpignan’s advantage the Warriors immediately responded through Richie Gray and once Smith returned, they took control with further scores from Stafford McDowall and Johnny Matthews giving them a 28-12 advantage by the interval with the bonus point in the bag.

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A yellow card for Thomas Gordon – one of three Glasgow players sent to the sin bin in the match – allowed Matteo Rodor the chance to get a try back for Perpignan but Smith and Josh McKay put the game beyond the hosts’ reach before Posolo Tuilagi got a late consolation.

Elsewhere, Bristol boosted their chances of home advantage in the next phase of the competition as they beat Zebre Parma 34-11 in Italy for their third straight win.

Harry Thacker scored a hat-trick to add to tries from Ioan Lloyd, Fitz Harding and Magnus Bradbury as Bristol eased to a comfortable victory.

In Galway, Alex Wootton also claimed a hat-trick of tries as Connacht booked their ticket for the knockout stages with a 61-5 rout of Brive.

The Irish side scored nine tries in all to maintain their 100 per cent record in Pool A, with John Porch, Finlay Bealham, Cathal Forde, Conor Oliver, Conor Fitzgerald and Kieran Marmion also crossing.

Benetton are up to second in Pool B after a 26-7 win over Bayonne at the Stadium Comunale di Monigo.

Niccolo Cannone scored a pair of tries to power Benetton to victory, while Ignacio Mendy and Onisi Ratave also crossed to help the Italians to a bonus point.

Fly-half Tomas Albornoz added two conversions and Jacob Umaga got one.

Benetton are now four points adrift of group leaders Scarlets.

Stade Francais claim win over Lions

Earlier, Stade Francais came from behind to secure a 17-7 victory over the Lions.

Emmanuel Tshituka went over in the 14th minute and Gianni Lombard added the conversion to put the Lions in front.

But it fell apart in the second half as Lombard, JP Smith and Henco van Wyk were all sent to the sin bin.

Stade Francais took full advantage as a pair of penalties from Joris Segonds got them back into the contest before Laurent Panis crossed for a try.

Two further penalties from Arthur Coville settled it.

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