Tom Howe’s two tries helped Worcester earn a bonus point

Challenge CupWorcester (13) 35Try: Howe 2, Baldwin, Denton Con: Olver 3 Pens: Olver 3Oyonnax (11) 14Try: Elliot Pens: Ruiz 3

Tom Howe scored two tries to help Worcester claim a second win in this season’s Challenge Cup as they beat French side Oyonnax at Sixways.

They led narrowly at the break through tries by Howe and Luke Baldwin and stretched away in the second half as Howe crossed for a second time.

David Denton then went over with four minutes left to earn a bonus point.

Oyonnax, in touch after Hika Elliot’s try, only managed a Christopher Ruiz penalty in the second half.

It was a third consecutive defeat in the competition for the French side and they remain bottom of Pool 5.

But Worcester, who recovered well from last week’s Premiership home defeat by Sale, are well in touch with leaders Connacht.

Warriors: Howard; Howe, Hammond, Stelling, Humphreys; Olver, Dowsett; Bower (capt), Taufete’e, Milasinovich, Phillips, Barry, Taylor, Durutalo, Denton

Replacements: Haupt, Kerrod, Alo, Faosiliva, Williams, Baldwin, Shillcock, Pennell

Oyonnax: Tian; Muller, Lasmarrigues, Veau, Giresse; Ruiz, Hall; Vartanov, Elliot, Mirtskhulava, Kerry, Njewel, Barba, Taieb (capt), Fa’asavalu

Replacements: Geledan, Buys, Laclayat, Fabbri, Fucina, Audy, Seuteni, Leindekar Virginio

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