Last-gasp Pau defeat Worcester
CHALLENGE CUP WRAP: An 80th minute try from Antonie Erbani secured a 24-20 victory for Pau against Worcester Warriors in the opening round on Saturday.
First-half tries from Nicolas Corato and Eoghan Barrett for the hosts were cancelled out by a penalty try and a Gareth Stimpson score for Worcester as the teams entered the break level at 14-14.
Barrett’s try was a sign of things to come as his score came in added time at the end of the first period.
A penalty apiece early in the second half from the boots of Samuel Marquez and Jamie Shillcock kept the sides level. Shillcock them added a second penalty on 60 minutes to give the visitors the lead.
The English side held on to that advantage until the final seconds of the contest, Erbani rumbling over to break Worcester hearts – two added time tries, one in each half, the catalyst for victory.
* In other Saturday action a brace of tries from hooker Sam Parry on his 100th appearance for Ospreys helped the Welsh side to a dominating 39-15 victory over Castres Olympique.
* Albert Tuisue scored two first half tries as London Irish beat Agen 34-8 at the Stade Armandie.
* Zebre and Bayonne drew 25-25 in an enthralling encounter at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.