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Warriors can still progress

Worcester kept their European hopes alive with an emphatic nine-try 57-13 victory over Bucharest Wolves at Sixways.

Marcel Garvey scored twice in the first half as the Warriors outclassed the Romanians, who played half the game with 14 men following four yellow cards.

The bonus-point victory saw Worcester keep the pressure on Pool One leaders Stade Francais, who they meet in Paris in the final round.

Florin Vlaicu gave Bucuresti a shock lead but the visitors' lack of discipline hurt. The Worcester pack, anchored by Tevita Taumoepeau, earned a penalty try before Garvey and Nile Dacres effectively ended the tie as a contest before half-time.

Aleki Lutui, Chris Pennell, Josh Drauniniu, Miles Benjamin and Jake Abbott rounded off the rout amid more yellow cards for Bucharest who saw Valentine Popirlan score their solitary try.

Elsewhere, Jonny Wilkinson contributed 11 points as Toulon cruised past his former club Newcastle Falcons with a 36-10 win that takes them a step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages.

The former England fly-half got the scoreboard ticking for the hosts after just seven minutes but Jeremy Manning hit back for the Falcons after 16 minutes before Geoffroy Messina grabbed the game's first try.

Christian Loamanu then pounced with two quick-fire tries, with Wilkinson converting both to ensure a 22-3 half-time lead.

Wales prop Eifion Lewis Roberts charged over for the French side's fourth try to wrap up the bonus-point within five minutes of the restart of play.

Electric winger David Smith raced over the whitewash for Toulon's fifth but Newcastle had the last word as Corne Uys grabbed a late consolation, which Manning converted.


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