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Edinburgh secure Stoop win to leapfrog Harlequins

Edinburgh went top of European Challenge Cup Pool Five with a 23-18 win over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.

Allan Dell's 53rd-minute try, converted by Duncan Weir, put the visitors 20-6 ahead and a subsequent Weir penalty meant two late tries by substitute Joe Gray only salvaged a losing bonus point for Quins.

Edinburgh had led 13-6 at the break thanks to Fraser McKenzie's try midway through the half, converted by Weir who like Harlequins' Tim Swiel landed two first-half penalties.

The Scottish side lead Quins by a point in Pool Five although both are on course for a quarter-final spot.

In the same pool, the match between Timisoara Saracens and Stade Francais was postponed after freezing weather left parts of the Dan Paltinisanu stadium pitch unfit for play.

There was also an unfit pitch in the Pool One fixture between Benetton Treviso and Gloucester, but remarkably the match was switched to another ground with a delay of only a few hours.

Cold conditions made the Stadio Comunale di Monigo pitch unplayable but, rather than postpone the fixture, it was moved four kilometres to Treviso's training ground with kick-off at 5pm local time (4pm GMT).

The late switch did not seem to bother Gloucester too much, however, as they ran out 41-0 winners for a bonus-point triumph.

Hooker Richard Hibbard crossed twice while James Hook, Matt Scott, David Halaifonua and Billy Twelvetrees also collected tries as the Cherry and Whites moved back to the top of Group One above La Rochelle.

Cardiff Blues put themselves on course for a quarter-final spot with a 22-21 comeback win at Pau that kept them second in Pool Four, a point behind Bath.

Steven Shingler's boot did most of the damage for Cardiff, with five successful penalties along with converting Willis Halaholo's try.

Tries by Louis Dupichot and Julien Tomas put the hosts 14-6 up at the break before Halaholo crossed. Pierre Dupouy's late touchdown put Pau ahead again, only for Shingler to have the last word.

In the late kick-off, Brive beat Worcester 17-14.

Poutasi Luafutu and Guillaume Ribes scored tries for the hosts, with conversions by Benjamin Lapeyre and Gaetan Germain, who also scored a penalty, while Worcester touched down through Marco Mama and Val Rapava Ruskin. Connor Braid and Ryan Mills added the Warriors' conversions.

Brive's victory meant they held on to top spot in Pool Three, while Worcester remained bottom and unable to progress.

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