Cardiff Blues and Bordeaux-Begles win in European Challenge Cup

Cardiff Blues recorded the eighth three-figure score in European club rugby history on Friday, thumping Challenge Cup minnows Rovigo 104-12.

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Rovigo were subjected to a humbling 104-12 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Blues on Friday as the Welsh side racked up only the eighth three-figure score in the history of European club rugby.

The Blues, who began the day level on points with leaders London Irish at the top of Pool One in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, ran in 16 tries as they dominated an embarrassingly one-sided fixture.

Cardiff took just 20 minutes to secure a bonus point and will be assured of a place in the quarter-finals should London Irish avoid defeat at home to Grenoble on Saturday.

A truly dismal evening for Rovigo saw them ship 54 points in the first period and there was to be no let-up after the interval.

Rovigo at least got on the scoreboard with second-half tries from Matteo Maran and Francesco Menon, but an injury-time score from Lewis Jones ensured Cardiff cracked the 100 mark.

Richard Smith led the way for the hosts with a hat-trick, but he was just one of 12 Cardiff players able to celebrate tries.

In Pool Four, Bordeaux-Begles were made to work much harder for a bonus point as London Welsh put up a spirited display at Stade Andre Moga.

Bordeaux moved level on points with group leaders Edinburgh, who they visit next weekend, as Bertrand Guiry's 73rd-minute try wrapped up a 26-3 win.

However, for much of the game the hosts were frustrated by a London Welsh side who have now lost 20 successive matches this season in all competitions.

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