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2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup pool stage

The 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup pool stage was the first stage of competition in the second season of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup pool stage
Season2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup
Date12 November 2015 – 24 January 2016
Qualifiers
Seed 1England Harlequins
Seed 2England Gloucester
Seed 3England Sale Sharks
Seed 4France Grenoble
Seed 5Ireland Connacht
Seed 6France Montpellier
Seed 7Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Seed 8England London Irish
2014–15
(Previous)
2016–17
(Next)

It involved 20 teams competing, across 5 pools of 4 teams, for 8 quarter-final places – awarded to the 5 pool winners and the 3 top-ranked pool runners-up.

The pool stage began on 12 November 2015 but one game was postponed following the November 2015 Paris attacks.[1] It is due to be completed on the weekend of 21–24 January 2016.

SeedingEdit

The majority of teams were seeded based on their performance in the Premiership, the Pro12 and the Top 14. However, as the Premiership and Top 14 incorporate promotion and relegation into their competitions, three teams are seeded based on their performance in the Greene King IPA Championship and Pro D2 Leagues, having been promoted this season. Two final teams come from the Qualifying Competition involving emerging rugby nations, and some Italian Excellenza clubs.

Rank Top 14 Premiership Pro 12 Qualifying Competition
1   Montpellier   Sale Sharks   Connacht   Calvisano
2   La Rochelle   Harlequins   Edinburgh   Enisey-STM
3   Brive   Gloucester   Newport Gwent Dragons
4   Grenoble   London Irish   Cardiff Blues
5   Castres Olympique   Newcastle Falcons   Zebre
6   Pau   Worcester Warriors
7   Agen

Teams were then placed into 4 Tiers, each containing 5 teams, based on their seeding. A draw determined which two second seeded teams completed Tier 1, and based on this, the fourth seeded teams were allocated to either Tier 2 and Tier 3.[2]

Given the nature of the Qualifying Competition, a competition including developing rugby nations and Italian clubs not competing in the Pro12, Rugby Europe 1 and Rugby Europe 2 are automatically included in Tier 4, despite officially being ranked 1/2 from that competition.

The brackets show each teams seeding and their league (for example, 1 Top 14 indicates the team has been seeded 1st from the Top 14).

Tier 1   Connacht (1 Pro12)   Sale Sharks (1 AP)   Montpellier (1 Top 14)   La Rochelle (2 Top 14)   Edinburgh (2 Pro12)
Tier 2   Harlequins (2 AP)   Newport Gwent Dragons (3 Pro12)   Gloucester (3 AP)   Brive (3 Top 14)   London Irish (4 AP)
Tier 3   Grenoble (4 Top 14)   Cardiff Blues (4 Pro12)   Zebre (5 Pro12)   Newcastle Falcons (5 AP)   Castres Olympique (5 Top 14)
Tier 4   Worcester Warriors (6 AP)   Pau (Top 14)   Agen (Top 14)   Calvisano (QC 1)   Enisey-STM (QC 2)

Pool stageEdit

The draw took place on 17 June 2015, at the Château de Neuchâtel, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

During the pool stage, the teams will play the 3 other teams in their pool twice, both at home and away,[3] Based on the result of the match, teams receive:[4]

  • 4 points for a win,
  • 2 points for a draw,
  • 1 attacking bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match,
  • 1 defensive bonus point for losing a match by seven points or less.

Following the pool stage, the five winners from each group progress to the quarter-finals, along with the three best pool runners-up from the competition. In the event of a tie between two or more teams from the same pool, the following criteria were used as tie-breakers:[4]

  1. The club with the greater number of competition points from only matches involving tied teams.
  2. If equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches.
  3. If equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches.

If this did not separate teams, and/or the tie related to teams that did not played each other (i.e., in different pools), the following tie breakers were used:

  1. If equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from the pool stage.
  2. The club that scored the most tries in the pool stage.
  3. If equal, the club with the fewest players suspended in the pool stage.
  4. If equal, the drawing of lots will determine a club's ranking.

Fixtures for the competition were announced on 14 August 2015, with the exception of Pool 1, due to a delay in agreeing a suitable 'home' stadium for Enisey-STM, who normally play in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where temperatures during tournament time can reach -20 °C.[5][6] It was later agreed by the four teams in the pool that Enisey-STM would host only its Round 1 game in Krasnoyarsk, with the club's remaining two "home" matches to be held in the considerably warmer city of Sochi. A draw was held on 4 September 2015 at the EPCR headquarters in Neuchâtel to determine which club would travel to Krasnoyarsk, and Connacht was drawn as the Round 1 opponent.[7]

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advance to quarter-finals.
     Three highest-scoring second-place teams advance to quarter-finals.
     Cannot advance to the quarter-finals.

Pool 1Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Connacht (5) 6 4 0 2 147 96 +51 20 12 2 1 19
  Newcastle Falcons 6 3 0 3 137 97 +40 20 9 3 1 16
  Brive 6 3 0 3 114 88 +26 12 11 1 3 16
  Enisey-STM 6 2 0 4 63 180 –117 8 28 0 0 8
13 November 2015
19:30
Brive   13–9   Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Try: Radikedike 14' c
Con: Bezy (1/1) 15'
Pen: Bezy (2/4) 28', 34'
Report[8] Pen: Catterick (3/4) 31', 44', 60'
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)
14 November 2015
15:00
Enisey-STM   14–31   Connacht (1 BP)
Try: Polivalov (2) 72' c, 80' c
Con: Kushnarev (2/2) 73', 80'
Report[9] Try: Adeolokun 49' m
Muldoon 51' m
Leader 62' m
Parata 76' c
Con: Leader (1/1) 76'
Pen: MacGinty (3/4) 7', 36', 43'
Central Stadium, Krasnoyarsk
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Thomas Charabas (FFR)

21 November 2015
17:00
Connacht   21–17   Brive (1 BP)
Try: Parata 35' m
Marshall 45' m
Marmion 50' m
Pen: Carty (2/2) 33', 40'
Report[10] Try: Acquier 28' m
Masilevu 47' m
Galala 73' c
Con: Iribaren (1/1) 74'
Pen: Sola (0/2)
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,357
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
22 November 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons   55–7   Enisey-STM
Try: Kibirige (2) 6' m, 59' m
M. Wilson (3) 15' c, 25' m, 30' c
Watson (4) 17' m, 46' c, 74' c, 78' c
Con: Catterick (5/9) 16', 31', 47', 75', 78'
Report[11] Try: Simplikevich 27' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 28'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,093
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

11 December 2015
19:45
Connacht   25–10   Newcastle Falcons
Try: Poolman 74' c
Con: Carty (1/1) 76'
Pen: Carty (6/7) 6', 16', 38', 47', 52', 69'
Report[12] Try: Mayhew 56' c
Con: Willis (1/1) 57'
Pen: Willis (1/2) 33'
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,346
Referee: Thomas Charabas (FFR)
12 December 2015
16:00
Enisey-STM   10–7   Brive (1 BP)
Try: Gasanov 29' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 30'
Pen: Kushnarev (1/1) 40'
Report[13] Try: Acquier 45' c
Con: Bezy (1/1) 46'

19 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Brive   33–3   Enisey-STM
Try: Septar 2' c
Mignardi 38' c
Koyamaibole 43' c
Mafi 46' c
Sola 79' m
Con: Laranjeira (4/4) 3', 39', 44', 47'
Report[14] Pen: Kushnarev (1/2) 6'
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)
20 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons   29–5   Connacht
Try: Watson (2) 24' m, 57' m
Penalty try (2) 41' c, 56' c
Agulla 46' m
Con: Willis (2/5) 42', 56'
Report[15] Try: Poolman 33' m
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,067
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

16 January 2016
14:00
Enisey-STM   24–7   Newcastle Falcons
Try: Simplikevich 5' c
Kacharava (2) 28' c, 42' c
Con: Kushnarev (3/3) 6', 29', 43'
Pen: Kushnarev (1/1) 52'
Report[16] Try: Green 19' c
Con: Penny (1/1) 20'
Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 400
Referee: Tual Trainini (FFR)
16 January 2016
20:45
Brive   21–18   Connacht (1 BP)
Pen: Laranjeira (7/8) 6', 17', 26', 47', 58', 62', 80'
Report[17] Try: Parata 1' m
Muldoon (2) 53' m, 78' m
Pen: MacGinty (1/2) 42'

23 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Connacht   47–5   Enisey-STM
Try: O'Halloran 16' m
Healy (2) 20' c, 60' m
Buckley 27' m
Poolman 38' m
Henshaw 41' m
McCartney 52' m
Blade 79' c
Con: MacGinty (1/5) 21'
Carty (1/3) 79'
Pen: MacGinty (1/1) 11'
Report[18] Try: Orlov 46' m
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,261
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)
23 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons   27–23   Brive (1 BP)
Try: Hammersley (2) 3' m, 74' m
Tait 31' c
M. Young 35' c
Con: Willis (2/3) 32', 36'
Socino (0/1)
Pen: Willis (1/1) 21'
Report[19] Try: Bezy 41' c
Tuatara 68' c
Con: Laranjeira (2/2) 41', 69'
Pen: Laranjeira (3/3) 29', 49', 59'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,803
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)

Pool 2Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Sale Sharks (3) 6 5 0 1 154 78 +76 20 9 3 0 23
  Newport Gwent Dragons (7) 6 4 0 2 151 117 +34 17 16 3 1 20
  Castres Olympique 6 3 0 3 124 136 –12 14 15 2 1 15
  Pau 6 0 0 6 68 166 –98 9 20 0 0 0
15 November 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Newport Gwent Dragons   30–12   Sale Sharks
Try: Griffiths 4' m
Landman 27' c
Hughes 34' m
Screech 75' c
Con: D. Jones (2/4) 27', 75'
Pen: D. Jones (2/2) 50', 63'
Report[21] Try: Mitchell 47' c
Mills 53' m
Con: Macleod (1/2) 47'
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,455
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (FFR)

21 November 2015
14:30
(1 BP) Sale Sharks   29–20   Pau
Try: Mujati 3' c
Jennings 27' c
James 50' c
Fihaki 77' m
Con: Ford (3/4) 5', 29', 51'
Pen: Ford (1/1) 41'
Report[22] Try: Lespiaucq Brettes (2) 21' c, 44' c
Con: Daubagna (2/2) 22', 45'
Pen: Daubagna (2/2) 11', 40'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,006
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
21 November 2015
17:00
(1 BP) Castres Olympique   32–29   Newport Gwent Dragons (1 BP)
Try: Kirkpatrick 14' c
Palis 25' c
Combezou 61' c
Tulou 68' m
Con: Palis (3/4) 15', 26', 62'
Pen: Palis (2/3) 50', 65'
Report[23] Try: Meyer 48' c
Dee 56' c
Con: D. Jones (2/2) 48', 56'
Pen: D. Jones (4/5) 18', 31', 36', 53'
Meyer (1/1) 71'
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 7,580
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

12 December 2015
14:30
Newport Gwent Dragons   22–0   Pau
Try: Pretorius 26' m
D. Jones 56' m
Pen: D. Jones (4/4) 12', 24', 41', 43'
Report[24]
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,202
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
12 December 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Castres Olympique   10–17   Sale Sharks
Try: Vialelle 8' c
Con: Dumora (1/1) 8'
Pen: Dumora (1/1) 33'
Report[25] Try: Edwards 1' c
Penalty try 73' c
Con: Ford (2/2) 1', 73'
Pen: Ford (1/3) 59'
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 6,816
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)

19 December 2015
14:30
Sale Sharks   31–10   Castres Olympique
Try: Fihaki 44' c
Briggs 71' m
Leota 79' c
Con: Ford (1/1) 45'
Cipriani (1/2) 79'
Pen: Ford (3/3) 3', 10', 29'
Cipriani (1/2) 77'
Report[26] Try: Beattie 58' c
Con: Palis (1/1) 59'
Pen: Dumora (1/1) 43'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,525
Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
19 December 2015
20:45
Pau   17–34   Newport Gwent Dragons (1 BP)
Try: Butler 54' m
Ratuvou 69' c
Votu 79' m
Con: Slade (1/3) 70'
Report[27] Try: Hill 5' c
Hewitt 29' c
Tovey 36' c
Meyer 48' c
Con: Tovey (4/4) 6', 30', 37', 49'
Pen: Meyer (0/1)
Tovey (1/1) 17'
Drop: Tovey (1/1) 65'
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

9 January 2016[28]
21:00
Pau   21–30   Castres Olympique (1 BP)
Try: Bianchin 38' c
Fumat 48' c
Dougall 80' c
Con: Fajardo (3/3) 40', 49', 80'
Report[29] Try: Smith 11' c
Sivivatu 54' c
Vialelle 56' m
Beziat 75' m
Con: Palis (2/4) 12', 55'
Pen: Palis (2/4) 6', 25'
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

15 January 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Newport Gwent Dragons   31–18   Castres Olympique
Try: Amos 1' c
Cudd 27' c
Evans 36' c
Hewitt 72' c
Con: Tovey (4/4) 1', 28', 37', 73'
Pen: Tovey (1/1) 10'
Report[30] Try: Smith 40' c
Samson 48' m
Con: Palis (1/2) 40'
Pen: Palis (2/2) 12', 56'
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,316
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU)
15 January 2016
19:45
Pau   3–27   Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Pen: Marques (1/1) 15'
Report[31] Try: Ostrikov 1' c
Edwards 27' m
Addison 36' c
Leota 79'm
Con: Cipriani (2/3) 2', 37'
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 40'
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

21 January 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Sale Sharks   38–5   Newport Gwent Dragons
Try: Mujati 13' c
Penalty try 20' c
Beaumont 40'
Edwards 47' c
Haley 76' c
Con: Cipriani (4/4) 15', 21', 40', 48'
Ford (1/1) 78'
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 11'
Report[32] Try: Hewitt 59' m
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,015
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
22 January 2016
19:00
Castres Olympique   24–7   Pau
Try: Lamerat 17' c
Beziat 75' m
Con: Urdapilleta (1/1) 18'
Pen: Urdapilleta (2/2) 8', 36'
Caminati (1/1) 51'
Fontaine (1/1) 65'
Report[33] Try: Lespiaucq Brettes 13' c
Con: Slade (1/1) 14'
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 6,025
Referee: Ian Tempest (RFU)

Pool 3Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Harlequins (1) 6 5 0 1 225 123 +102 31 13 5 0 25
  Montpellier (6) 6 4 0 2 221 116 +105 28 13 4 0 20
  Cardiff Blues 6 3 0 3 229 131 +98 31 14 4 1 17
  Calvisano 6 0 0 6 39 344 –305 3 53 0 0 0
12 November 2015
19:45
(1 BP) Harlequins   41–18   Montpellier
Try: Wallace 28' m
Easter 37' c
Clifford 45' c
Care 55' m
Lindsay-Hague 63' c
Robshaw 76' c
Con: N. Evans (3/5) 38', 46', 64'
Botica (1/1) 77'
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 22'
Report[34] Pen: Paillaugue (6/7) 8', 13', 20', 25', 49', 60'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,136
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
14 November 2015
15:00
Calvisano   9–50   Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Pen: Buscema (3/4) 6', 39', 53'
Report[35] Try: L. Williams 16' m
James 24' c
E. Jenkins 44' c
Fish 48' c
Scully 57' c
G. Evans 72' c
Penalty try 79' c
Con: Patchell (4/5) 25', 45', 49', 58'
J. Evans (2/2) 73', 79'
Pen: Patchell (1/1) 40'
Peroni Stadium
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)

19 November 2015
19:45
Cardiff Blues   20–32   Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Penalty try 69' c
Hobbs 79' c
Con: J. Evans (2/2) 69', 79'
Pen: Patchell (2/2) 7', 12'
Report[36] Try: Visser 49' c
Lindsay-Hague 51' c
Walker 64' m
Care 80' c
Con: Botica (2/3) 49', 51'
Swiel (1/1) 80'
Pen: Botica (2/3) 33', 46'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,249
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (FFR)
20 November 2015
20:30
(1 BP) Montpellier   64–0   Calvisano
Try: O'Connor 7' m
Paillaugue 15' c
Willemse 22' c
Galletier 25' c
Penalty try 40' c
Mowen 43' c
Tuitavake 47' m
Malzieu 60' c
Ebersohn 77' c
Reilhac 80' m
Con: Paillaugue (4/5) 16', 23', 27', 40'
Catrakilis (3/5) 44', 61', 78'
Report[37]
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,900
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)

11 December 2015
19:30
(1 BP) Cardiff Blues   37–27   Montpellier (1 BP)
Try: Patchell 1' c
Navidi (2) 40' c, 69' c
L. Williams 43' m
Cuthbert 61' m
Con: Patchell (3/5) 1', 40', 71'
Pen: Patchell (2/3) 66', 80'
Report[38] Try: Mackintosh 5' c
Nagusa 13' m
Malzieu 19' m
Geli 76' c
Con: Paillaugue (1/3) 6'
Catrakilis (1/1) 77'
Pen: Paillaugue (1/1) 12'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,602
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU)
12 December 2015
14:30
Calvisano   10–50   Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Mbandà 59' c
Con: Minozzi (1/1) 60'
Pen: Buscema (1/1) 15'
Report[39] Try: Wallace (2) 1' m, 25' m
Lambert 6' c
Clifford 12' c
Chisholm 32' m
Hopper 55' c
Sinckler 65' c
Walker 70' c
Con: Botica (5/8) 7', 13', 56', 65', 71'
Peroni Stadium
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

17 December 2015
20:45
Montpellier   23–22   Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Try: Malzieu 39' c
Willemse 80' c
Con: Catrakilis (2/2) 40', 80'
Pen: Catrakilis (3/4) 10', 23', 61'
Report[40] Try: Cuthbert 27' c
Con: Patchell (1/1) 28'
Pen: Patchell (3/3) 1', 15', 19'
J. Evans (2/2) 68', 72'
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Ian Tempest (RFU)
19 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins   59–7   Calvisano
Try: Yarde 15' c
Sinckler 40' c
Clifford 44' c
Chisholm 46' m
Roberts 53' c
Walker 61' c
Botica 65' c
Swiel 67' m
Dickson 71' c
Con: Botica (7/9) 16', 40', 45', 54', 63', 66', 73'
Report[41] Try: Susio 29' c
Con: Vlaicu (1/1) 31'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,230
Referee: Tual Trainini (FFR)

16 January 2016
14:30
Calvisano   7–47   Montpellier (1 BP)
Try: Susio 78' c
Con: Buscema (1/1) 80'
Report[42] Try: O'Connor (2) 7' c, 17' c
Qera 14' c
Fall (2) 21' c, 55' c
J. du Plessis 33' c
Ebersohn 66' m
Con: Catrakilis (6/7) 8', 15', 17', 22', 34', 56'
Peroni Stadium
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
17 January 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Harlequins   34–26   Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Try: Buchanan 4' c
Clifford 11' c
Yarde 22' c
Chisholm 39' c
Con: N. Evans (4/4) 5', 12', 23', 40'
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 55'
Botica (1/1) 80'
Report[43] Try: Allen 42' c
Fish (2) 49' m, 71' c
L. Williams 67' c
Con: Patchell (3/4) 43', 67', 72'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,912
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

22 January 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Cardiff Blues   74–6   Calvisano
Try: James (3) 5' c, 15' c, 51' m
Allen (2) 8' c, 54' c
Navidi 24' c
Fish 29' m
E. Lewis 48' m
Cuthbert 63' c
Summerhill 73' m
Patchell 75' c
Cook 80' m
Con: Anscombe (7/12) 9', 9', 16', 25', 56', 64', 76'
Report[44] Pen: Vlaicu (2/2) 12', 60'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,490
Referee: Thomas Charabas (FFR)
22 January 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Montpellier   42–9   Harlequins
Try: Mogg 14' m
Liebenberg 38' c
White 68' c
Reilhac 77' c
Geli 80' c
Con: Catrakilis (2/3) 40', 69'
Trinh-Duc (2/2) 78', 80'
Pen: Catrakilis (3/3) 21', 54', 72'
Report[45] Pen: Botica (3/4) 4', 24', 33'
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Pool 4Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Gloucester (2) 6 6 0 0 151 86 +65 16 10 1 0 25
  Zebre 6 3 0 3 114 92 +22 11 12 0 1 13
  La Rochelle 6 2 0 4 100 127 –27 12 13 2 0 10
  Worcester Warriors 6 1 0 5 88 148 –60 9 14 0 1 5
14 November 2015
15:00
Worcester Warriors   19–3   La Rochelle
Try: Howard 77' c
Con: Lamb (1/1) 79'
Pen: Lamb (4/4) 4', 9', 14', 40'
Report[46] Pen: Bouldoire (1/3) 11'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 5,124
Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
14 November 2015
15:15
Gloucester   23–10   Zebre
Try: Purdy 7' m
Moriarty 12' c
McColl 37' m
Con: Burns (1/3) 12'
Pen: Burns (2/2) 20', 27'
Report[47] Try: Penalty try 51' c
Con: Padovani (1/1) 51'
Pen: Padovani (1/1) 58'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 9,973
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

19 November 2015
20:45
La Rochelle   20–33   Gloucester
Try: Audy 9' c
Eaton 43' c
Con: Fortassin (2/2) 10', 44'
Pen: Fortassin (2/4) 4', 40'
Report[48] Try: Morgan 5' c
McColl 69' c
Sharples 77' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 5'
Twelvetrees (2/2) 70', 78'
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 1', 24', 28', 36'
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 12,763
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
21 November 2015
15:00
Zebre   27–8   Worcester Warriors
Try: Violi 1' c
Boni 14' m
Con: Canna (1/2) 1'
Pen: Canna (4/4) 5', 33', 46', 69'
Drop: Canna (1/1) 18'
Report[49] Try: Hammond 77' m
Pen: Lamb (1/2) 22'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 1,784
Referee: Tual Trainini (FFR)

10 December 2015
19:45
Worcester Warriors   22–34   Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Hammond 12' c
Daniels 63' c
O'Shea 78' m
Con: Lamb (2/3) 14', 64'
Drop: Lamb (1/1) 40'
Report[50] Try: Purdy (2) 34' c, 51' c
Cook 57' m
McColl 66' c
Twelvetrees 72' m
Con: Laidlaw (3/4) 35', 52', 68'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 9'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 6,774
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (FFR)
11 December 2015
20:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle   27–19   Zebre
Try: Lapeyre 14' c
Qovu 17' m
Murimurivalu 31' m
Fortassin 57' c
Con: Fortassin (1/3) 15'
Le Bail (1/1) 58'
Pen: Fortassin (1/1) 10'
Report[51] Try: Toniolatti 61' m
Palazzani 68' c
Penalty try 80' c
Con: Padovani (2/3) 68', 80'
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)

17 December 2015
19:45
Gloucester   27–13   Worcester Warriors
Try: Laidlaw 21' c
Kvesic 67' m
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 22'
Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 10', 19', 40', 48', 53'
Report[52] Try: Howard 13' c
Con: Lamb (1/1) 14'
Pen: Lamb (2/2) 12', 50'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 10,942
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
19 December 2015
15:00
Zebre   25–5   La Rochelle
Try: Derbyshire 23' m
Meyer 41' c
Muliaina 75' c
Con: Padovani (1/2) 42'
Canna (1/1) 76'
Pen: Padovani (2/4) 4', 9'
Report[53] Try: Januarie 80' m
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 1,657
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)

16 January 2016
15:00
Gloucester   20–10   La Rochelle
Try: Cook 16' c
Twelvetrees 40' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 16', 40'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/2) 8', 51'
Report[54] Try: Lapeyre 54' c
Con: Audy (1/1) 55'
Pen: Audy (1/1) 33'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 9,209
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)
16 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors   15–22   Zebre
Try: Baldwin 22' c
Hammond 75' m
Con: Symons (1/2) 23'
Pen: Symons (1/1) 43'
Report[55] Try: van Zyl 17' c
Con: Haimona (1/1) 18'
Pen: Beyers (1/2) 10'
Haimona (1/1) 26'
Padovani (3/4) 59', 70', 80'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 6,134
Referee: Thomas Charabas (FFR)

22 January 2016
19:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle   35–11   Worcester Warriors
Try: Graham 49' m
Lapeyre 52' c
Murimurivalu 69' c
Qovu 76' c
Con: Audy (1/2) 53'
Barraque (2/2) 70', 77'
Pen: Holmes (2/2) 21', 31'
Audy (1/1) 43'
Report[56] Try: Baldwin 65' m
Pen: Symons (2/2) 3', 7'
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Elia Rizzo (FIR)
23 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Zebre   11–14   Gloucester
Try: van Schalkwyk 72' m
Pen: Padovani (2/3) 1', 5'
Report[57] Try: Atkinson 51' m
Pen: Burns (3/3) 28', 68', 75'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,413
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

Pool 5Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Grenoble (4) 6 5 0 1 187 154 +33 22 19 2 0 22
  London Irish (8) 6 3 0 3 170 106 +64 25 10 3 2 17
  Edinburgh 6 4 0 2 125 103 +22 14 12 1 0 17
  Agen 6 0 0 6 98 217 –119 13 32 1 1 2
13 November 2015
19:30
Edinburgh   28–10   Grenoble
Try: du Preez (2) 5' m, 78' c
Penalty try 59' c
Con: Hidalgo-Clyne (1/2) 62'
Tonks (1/1) 79'
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne (3/3) 32', 39', 44'
Report[58] Try: Kilioni 70' c
Con: Bosch (1/1) 71'
Pen: Hart (1/1) 49'
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 3,264
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
14 November 2015
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish   48–10   Agen
Try: Williams 10' m
Ellis (2) 22' m, 36' c
Trayfoot 30' c
Lewington (2) 43' m, 67' m
McCusker 56' c
Maitland 59' c
Con: Noakes (4/7) 30', 37', 58', 60'
Report[59] Try: Vergnon 64' c
Con: Darbo (1/1) 64'
Pen: Bouvier (1/1) 4'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,216
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

20 November 2015
19:30
Agen   6–27   Edinburgh
Pen: Darbo (2/2) 50', 55'
Report[60] Try: Penalty try 32' c
du Preez 42' c
Hardie 69' c
Con: Tonks (3/3) 33', 43', 70'
Pen: Tonks (2/2) 20', 23'
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 4,532
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU)
21 November 2015
20:45
Grenoble   27–20   London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Heguy 5' c
Alexandre 10' c
Gelin 80' c
Con: Bosch (2/2) 6', 11'
Loustalot (1/1) 80'
Pen: Bosch (2/2) 17', 51'
Report[61] Try: Williams 13' c
Sinclair 40' c
Con: Noakes (1/1) 14'
Brophy-Clews (1/1) 40'
Pen: Brophy-Clews (2/2) 44', 48'
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

10 December 2015
20:45
Agen   20–40   Grenoble (1 BP)
Try: Barthomeuf (2) 47' m, 56' c
Deguilhem 61' m
Con: Bouvier (1/3) 57'
Pen: Guemes (1/1) 11'
Report[62] Try: Mignot (2) 1' c, 73' m
Taumalolo (3) 5' c, 29' c, 34' c
Penalty try 67' c
Con: Bosch (4/4) 2', 6', 30', 36'
Loustalot (1/2) 68'
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 3,932
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
12 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish   38–6   Edinburgh
Try: Fenby (3) 9' m, 13' c, 76' c
Lewington 27' c
Williams 40' c
Tikoirotuma 60' m
Con: Geraghty (4/6) 14', 28', 40', 77'
Report[63] Pen: Tonks (2/3) 3', 8'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,959
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)

17 December 2015
19:30
(1 BP) Grenoble   48–45   Agen (2 BP)
Try: Hunt 18' c
Barcella 41' c
Nemani (2) 46' c, 79' c
Estebanez 56' c
Gelin 73' c
Con: Wisniewski (3/3) 18', 42', 47'
Estebanez (1/1) 57'
Bosch (2/2) 73', 80'
Pen: Wisniewski (2/2) 33', 40'
Report[64] Try: Bastien 2' m
Barthomeuf 22' m
Nakosi (2) 26' c, 67' c
Braendlin (2) 36' c, 61' c
Sicart 63' c
Con: Bouvier (2/4) 28', 37'
Darbo (3/3) 61', 64', 68'
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 9,370
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)
18 December 2015
19:30
Edinburgh   18–15   London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Brown 16' c
Hardie 71' m
Con: Hidalgo-Clyne (1/2) 17'
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne (2/3) 20', 36'
Report[65] Try: Ellis 8' m
Smallbone 59 'c
Con: Geraghty (1/2) 60'
Pen: Geraghty (1/1) 28'
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 3,551
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)

15 January 2016
19:30
(1 BP) Edinburgh   23–0   Agen
Try: Bradbury 35' m
Coman 59' m
Tonks 68' m
Watson 73' m
Pen: Tonks (1/1) 19'
Report[66]
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 3,100
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
16 January 2016
15:00
London Irish   18–28   Grenoble
Try: Waldouck 74' c
Lewington 80' m
Con: Geraghty (1/2) 75'
Pen: Geraghty (2/2) 1', 15'
Report[67] Try: Batlle 18' m
Hunt 27' c
McLeod 44' c
Con: Wisniewski (2/3) 28', 46'
Pen: Wisniewski (3/3) 7', 10', 24'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,684
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)

23 January 2016
20:45
Agen   17–31   London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Nakosi 30' c
Narjissi 50' c
Con: Bouvier (2/2) 31', 51'
Pen: Bouvier (1/1) 26'
Report[68] Try: Narraway 3' m
Fowlie 16' c
Smallbone 27' c
Mulchrone 64' m
Penalty try 74' c
Con: Geraghty (3/5) 18', 28', 75'
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 3,712
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)
23 January 2016
20:45
Grenoble   34–23   Edinburgh
Try: Heguy 30' c
Aplon (2) 69' c, 78' m
Con: Wisniewski (2/3) 32', 70'
Pen: Wisniewski (5/6) 15', 18', 51', 57', 77'
Report[69] Try: Hardie 3' c
Helu 34' c
Con: Hidalgo-Clyne (2/2) 5', 35'
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne (3/4) 27', 54', 67'
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 10,072
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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