Round-up: Horgan's try seals win for Leinster

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Tries from Ireland internationals Shane Byrne, Shane Horgan and Brian O'Driscoll enabled Leinster to launch their Heineken Cup campaign on a winning note with a workmanlike 25-9 success away to Treviso in Pool Two.

Tries from Ireland internationals Shane Byrne, Shane Horgan and Brian O'Driscoll enabled Leinster to launch their Heineken Cup campaign on a winning note with a workmanlike 25-9 success away to Treviso in Pool Two.

The Italians battled bravely for over an hour before Horgan's well-taken 59th-minute effort tilted the balance in the Irish province's favour. But it was not until injury time that the visitors killed off Treviso's resistance when Ireland captain O'Driscoll sprinted over after a fine break by Denis Hickie. The visitors' other points came from the boot of fly-half David Holwell, making his Heineken Cup debut, while South African full-back Marius Goosen landed three penalties for Treviso.

Chris Horsman gave a barnstorming display in Worcester's 29-15 victory in the first leg of their European Challenge Cup first-round tie against Brive at Sixways. Tries from Horsman, fellow prop Steven Sparks, Dale Rasmussen and Pat Sanderson were augmented by four kicks by full-back James Brown. Sebastien Laloo responded with five penalties for Brive.

London Irish take a 20-18 lead over Auch into next weekend's second leg at the Madejski Stadium. Mike Horak, Phil Murphy and Justin Bishop crossed for the Exiles and Mike Catt supplied a conversion and a penalty.

Borders thrashed AA Coimbra 98-3 in Portugal, their 16 tries including a hat-trick for Nikki Walker. French heavyweights Pau, Agen, Béziers and Montpellier all claimed convincing away wins.

Sale visit Sicily to take on Catania this afternoon with a considerably weakened line-up. Director of rugby Philippe Saint-André has rested several key players like Charlie Hodgson and Jason Robinson.

Bristol's 41-6 win at Henley lifted them to the top of National League One on points difference from previous leaders Pertemps Bees, who made heavy weather of a 16-5 home defeat of Plymouth Albion.

All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall scored two tries and outplayed Piri Weepu, one of his main rivals for the New Zealand No 9 shirt, as Canterbury beat Wellington 40-27 in the National Provincial Championship final.

Blue Bulls saw off Free State Cheetahs 42-33 in a 10-try thriller to lift the Currie Cup in Pretoria. Afterwards, South Africa's coach Jake White named a 33-strong squad, including a record five blacks, for next month's four-Test tour of Ireland, England, Scotland and Argentina.

Federico Mendez, the hooker who laid out Paul Ackford at Twickenham in 1990, is set to extend his international career to 15 seasons after being named in Argentina's squad to face France and Ireland.

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