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Bath claimed their first away win in Europe in almost two years with a convincing Amlin Challenge Cup 40-17 bonus-point success over Bucharest Wolves.

Sam Vesty scored 20 points as the Aviva Premiership outfit strolled to a five-try victory at Arcul de Triumf.

The 2008 winners had not won on the continent in European competition for five matches since their triumph against Aironi in the Heineken Cup. Lock Will Spencer and hooker Ross Batty scored first-half tries before Vesty, Ollie Devoto and Kane Palma-Newport all crossed to seal maximum points for Gary Gold's troops.

Meanwhile, London Welsh were heavily beaten after facing a tough baptism of fire in Europe against established French outfit Stade Francais, who claimed a comfortable 68-19 nine-try win at the Kassam Stadium.

Outside half Gavin Henson scored the first points for the Exiles at this level, but Lyn Jones' men trailed 35-16 at half-time. Stade Francais hooker Remi Bonfils and centre Waisea Vuidarvuwalu both crossed twice to secure the bonus point before Hugo Bonneval touched down for a fifth first-half try.

Daniel George scored Welsh's first try, but Felipe Contepomi added the gloss on an excellent individual display with a 75th-minute score in a 25-point haul as Stade started their Pool Five campaign in style.

Meanwhile, Worcester Warriors taught Gernika a severe lesson with a thumping 85-5 success in Pool Two. This was the Spanish champions' European debut, but it turned into a nightmare as the Warriors crossed 13 times.

Gernika wing Toto Mazzochi scored on the hour mark, but the joy was short-lived as Richard Hill's side ran riot in this one-way contest. Replacement Max Stelling grabbed a six-minute hat-trick late on, wing Andy Short and scrum-half Paul Hodgson scored try doubles, while number 10 Joe Carlisle bagged 25 points with a try and 10 conversions.

Elsewhere, London Wasps claimed maximum points with a commanding 38-25 home win over Newport Gwent Dragons in Pool Three. Dai Young's men were too hot handle for the Welsh region as Jack Wallace, Fabio Staibano, Billy Vunipola and Joe Simpson all crossed for the 2003 champions.

Meanwhile, London Irish made light work of Bordeaux in Pool One with a 43-9 away win. Sailosi Tagicakibau scored twice, while Chris Hala'ufia, Topsy Ojo, Halani Aulika and Jonathan Joseph all scored tries for the Exiles at the Stade Andre Moga.


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