By Sky Sports Rugby
Last Updated: 13/10/18 7:26pm
Bristol marked their return from the European rugby wilderness with a comprehensive 43-22 win over Zebre, plus all the weekend’s Challenge Cup results.
Bristol 43-22 Zebre
Bristol made their return to European rugby for the first time in two years with a a convincing seven-try win over Zebre in the Challenge Cup at Ashton Gate.
Alapati Leiua, Joe Latta, Nick Haining, Jake Armstrong and a double from Ryan Edwards put the Bears 36-10 ahead at the break.
Both sides struggled with the stormy conditions after the turnaround, with the contest descending into a series of scrums.
But Bristol, who made 12 changes after last week’s thrashing by Worcester, scored a seventh try through Andy Uren.
It was hosts’ first victory in Europe since December 2016, when they beat Pau 41-14 in the group stages.
Ospreys 27-0 Pau
Ospreys ground out a turgid win over Pau in the European Challenge Cup, earning a late four-try bonus point against their lacklustre opponents.
James Hook’s try offered early promise of an entertaining affair, but the rest of the first half failed to excite.
It took until George North’s burst from a set-piece move to liven up the game soon after the break.
Luke Morgan added a scintillating third after Cory Allen’s neat work and replacement Harri Morgan got the last.
Returning wing Keelan Giles played his part in the win, also coming off the bench to set up Harri Morgan’s score with a deft kick ahead.
The latter won the foot race for the game’s final score.
Connacht 22-10 Bordeaux
Connacht ran in three tries as they began their Challenge Cup with a comfortable win over Bordeaux-Begles at the Sportsground in Galway.
Kyle Godwin, with two touchdowns and another try from Finlay Bealham, along with Jack Carty’s accuracy from the boot secured victory.
Further reports to follow…
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