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Exeter see off La Rochelle


Kai Horstmann scored the first try for Exeter

Kai Horstmann scored the first try for Exeter

Kai Horstmann scored the first try for Exeter

Exeter maintained their grip on the top of European Challenge Cup Pool 2 with a comprehensive 41-17 victory over La Rochelle at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs ran in five tries courtesy of Kai Horstmann, Greg Bateman, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Tom James, Adam Hughes, with a penalty try and four conversions and a penalty kicked by Ceri Sweeney sweeping aside the visitors.

Andy Fenby scored two tries for London Irish as they defeated Cardiff Blues 34-23 in Pool 1 to move top on points difference.

Shane Geraghty also crossed for the Exiles, with Tom Homer kicking five penalties and two conversions in the victory.

Cory Allen and Gareth Anscombe touched down for Cardiff, with Anscombe also kicking three penalties and both conversions.

Meanwhile, Rovigo fell to a 20-17 home defeat by Grenoble to remain rock bottom of the Pool 1 standings.

In Pool 2's late game, Connacht edged out Bayonne 29-27 thanks to two tries from Caoilan Blade to sit second in the standings, two points adrift of Exeter.

Gloucester claimed victory on the road with a 32-16 win over Italian club Zebre, with Steve McColl, Henry Purdy, Charlie Sharples and Ben Morgan all touching down.

James Hook kicked a penalty and three conversions and Billy Burns added a late penalty after coming on from the bench.

The win put Gloucester five points clear at the top of Pool 5 with four wins from four and three bonus points.

In the other match in the same pool, Oyonnax defeated Brive 22-17.

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