With a grand total of 56 tries from the 10 fixtures, there were also some outstanding displays on the statistics charts with Bayonne centre, Bastien Fuster, making 164 metres from a first-round high of 22 carries in his side's home win over Grenoble, while Bath No 8, Carl Fearns, topped the tackle list with 20 at Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Tournament debutants, Oyonnax, salvaged a 9-9 draw with Worcester Warriors at Stade Charles-Mathon in Pool 1 where Conrad Barnard's late penalty earned last season's Pro D2 champions a share of the points, and there was another even more striking draw for Cammi Rugby Calvisano whose chance of glory against Brive in Pool 3 was spoiled by a last-gasp Lucas Lyons try which gave the French club a 20-20 reprieve.
There were victories on the road for Bath for whom George Ford landed five penalties in the 15-9 success in Bordeaux in front of a 15,542 attendance, and for Newcastle Falcons who edged out Bucharest Wolves 13-12 at Stadium Arcul de Triumf. The Wolves were on the verge of a famous win when Newcastle full-back, Tom Catterick, stepped up to kick the vital penalty four minutes from time.
London Wasps travelled to Rugby Viadana and broke a host of Amlin Challenge Cup records for the club in the process as they strolled to a 90-17 win. It was Wasps' record points total, their record winning margin, and their 14 tries was also a new high in the tournament. Joe Carlisle's 10 conversions set another record for Dai Young's side.
Newport Gwent Dragons also got their campaign off to winning ways with a 50-8 bonus-point verdict over Italian champions, Rugby Mogliano, and the Welsh region's clash with Bath at the Recreation Ground on Saturday will be one of the highlights of Round 2.
In Pool 5, there was a maximum five points for last season's beaten finalists, Stade Francais Paris, who got the better of European newcomers, Lusitanos XV, 61-3 at Stade Jean Bouin, while London Irish eased past I Cavalieri Prato 60-11 at home.
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