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Leinster in top form; Perpignan falls

Latest update : 2008-10-19

Ireland's Leinster have beaten double champions Wasps by an impressive 30 points. On the French side, Stade Français stormed through against Llanelli, while Perpignan stumbled against the Ospreys.

Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll scored twice as Leinster ran in six tries in a 41-11 demolition of former double champions Wasps in the European Cup on Saturday.
  
O'Driscoll, who later limped off, scored twice in the first 15 minutes while Australian flanker Rocky Elsom also grabbed a try for the second successive week to leave the Irish side in control of Pool Two.
  
Wasps, the champions in 2004 and 2007, claimed a controversial try through Jeremy Staunton but even the stylish promptings of England fly-half Danny Cipriani were unable to save the English who also had prop Phil Vickery yellow carded.
  
Felipe Contepomi, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald also crossed for Leinster whose coach Michael Cheika refused to get carried away with his team's 100-percent record.
  
"You are never in the driving seat. Every game is a final, and we understand that the next challenge will be another thorough test for us in this tournament," he said.
  
In the same pool, Edinburgh, beaten by Leinster last week, notched their first ever success in the competition in France by beating Castres 13-6. Mark Robertson scored the only try of the game for the Scots.
  
"To come to France and play in such an exciting manner in the first half was tremendous," said Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson. "Then we showed fantastic courage to defend the way we did when they came back at us in the second half."
  
Lionel Beauxis amassed 22 points to help Stade Francais to a convincing 37-15 win over Scarlets in Pool 4.
  
In the same section, England scrum-half Danny Care scored a try in a man-of-the-match performance as Harlequins beat winless Ulster 42-21, notching up a valuable bonus point in the process.
  
In the equally-tight Pool 3, Leicester beat whipping boys Treviso 60-16 while Ospreys kept their campaign alive by eeking out a hard-fought 15-9 win over Perpignan.
  
Biarritz ran in six tries to beat hapless Calvisano 41-10 for their first win  in Pool 6 after an opening round defeat to Gloucester.
  
Stade Francais, leading 9-8 at the break thanks to three Beauxis penalties, scored three converted tries in the first 13 minutes of the second-half.
  
In what was the Scarlets' ninth consecutive European Cup loss, Mark Jones scored a memorable first-half try, sprinting 45 metres to finish off a move.
  
Stade, who downed struggling Ulster 26-10 last weekend, opened the second period with two snap tries, winger Julien Saubade crossing in the corner and Italy captain Sergio Parisse driving his way over.
  
Parisse then added his second before replacement outside-half Ceiron Thomas scored a late consolation try.
  
Beauxis had the final word, charging down a Thomas chip and gathering to score a try he converted himself.
  
Leicester scored nine tries in their bonus-point demolition of Treviso, winger Johne Murphy notching up a hat-trick as the twice former champions kept up their unbeaten record after their 12-6 first round win over Ospreys.
  
Ospreys had Dan Biggar to thank for their win over Perpignan, the rookie outside-half booting five penalties to Jerome Porical's three in a disjointed, ill-tempered game littered with mistakes and fouls around the play-the-ball.

Date created : 2008-10-19

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