Rugby: Viars overruns Scots

Brive 56 Scottish Borders 18
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Sebastien Viars scored a hat-trick of tries for Brive as the Heineken Cup holders made a flying start to their defence of the title at the Parc Municipal des Sports yesterday.

The French international full-back added to a first-half try by crossing twice more as Brive ran in eight tries against their dogged, but outgunned Pool C visitors.

The Scots managed three tries of their own through Aitchison, Nichol and Roxburgh, but Alain Penaud's side were never in any danger of an upset in front of 8,000 of their home fans.

Brive: Tries Viars 3, Bomati, Carbonneau, Carrat, Mange, Venditti; Conversions Lamaison 2; Penalty Lamaison; Drop Goals Arbizu 2, Venditti. Scottish Borders: Tries Aitchison, Nichol, Roxburgh; Penalty Aitchison.