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Bath cruise to European Challenge Cup victory over 14-man Cardiff

Ross Batty scored a try in either half as Bath swept aside European Challenge Cup rivals Cardiff Blues 38-3 at the Recreation Ground to move level on points with the Welsh side at the top of Pool Four.

Hooker Batty touched down to open the scoring for Bath at the end of a flowing move midway through the first half and raced clear from halfway after intercepting a wayward pass to put the hosts out of sight with 16 minutes left.

Cardiff played most of the second half with 14 men after lock George Earle was shown a straight red card for allegedly eye gouging in a maul.

The Welsh side had already had hooker Kirby Myhill sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Bath second row Dave Attwood two minutes earlier and were down to 13 men for a 10-minute spell.

Bath moved level on points with leaders Cardiff, who stay top courtesy of points scored.

The English side scored four more tries in the second period to clinch the crucial bonus point, with Jack Wilson and fellow winger Aled Brew racing over, before Batty's second, while a fifth touch down from second row Elliott Stooke sealed a comprehensive victory.

England fly-half George Ford added four conversions and a penalty and full-back Tom Homer also converted, while Cardiff's only points came from the boot of Steven Shingler in the early stages.

In Pool Five, Edinburgh remain top despite slipping to their first defeat in the tournament as they lost 26-20 at Stade Francais.

Duncan Hodge's side trailed 26-3 at half-time but mounted a late rally in the second half, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne dashing over for the visitors' third try two minutes from time.

The Frenchmen touched down through prop Remi Bonfils, full-back Hugo Bonneval and were awarded a penalty try before centre Geoffrey Doumayrou also went over.

Second row Fraser McKenzie and substitute Viliame Mata scored Edinburgh's other tries, while fly-half Jason Tovey added a penalty and a conversion.

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