Round-up: Treviso undone by slick Sackey

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Wasps leapfrogged Perpignan and Castres to go to the top of Pool One in the Heineken Cup with an entirely predictable 71-5 victory over Treviso yesterday.

The visitors ran in 11 tries, including a hat-trick for the England wing Paul Sackey, to secure maximum points from the tie.

Alex King, Lawrence Dallaglio, Eoin Reddan, James Haskell (two), Daniel Cipriani, Nick Adams and Mark van Gisbergen, who added eight conversions, also went over during a comfortable afternoon for the 2004 winners. It took less than two minutes for Wasps to continue where they left off from their 55-0 victory over the Italians at Adams Park last week as King went over.

But Treviso bounced back two minutes later when the wing Massimiliano Perziano crossed the line after good work by the centres Marcus Goosen and Gabriel Pizarro. Goosen missed the conversion and that turned out to be Treviso's last scoring opportunity as Wasps ran riot, despite losing their prop Tim Payne to the sin-bin after 13 minutes.

Holders Munster had a far from comfortable ride before seeing off Cardiff Blues 32-18 in their Pool Four meeting in Limerick. Victory plus a bonus point, earned in the last minute of injury time by an Alan Quinlan try, put the Irish province four points clear of Leicester with just two group games to go. The Ireland No 8 Denis Leamy went over twice in the first half and centre Barry Murphy ran in a third try shortly after the interval, while the remaining 12 points came from the boot of Ronan O'Gara.

Bath maintained their 100 per cent European Challenge Cup record with a 20-14 victory over Harlequins at the Recreation Ground. The full-back Nick Abendanon scored a crucial brace of tries in last weekend's 24-18 victory at The Stoop, and he was over the line again in only the second minute of the return match in Pool Four.

Shaun Berne's try in the final minute of the first half gave the home side a 17-3 lead at the interval, and even though an upset was never likely, an injury-time try by the wing Tom Williams and a penalty from the former All Black Andrew Mehrtens earned Quins a bonus point.

Saracens took control of Pool Two with a 36-16 win over GRAN Parma in Italy. After hammering the same opponents 71-16 last weekend, the only surprise was that their first score - a penalty try - took 18 minutes to arrive.

Further tries from David Seymour, Paul Gustard, Rodd Penney and Moses Rauluni, and five successful kicks from Glen Jackson sealed a comfortable victory.

Newport Gwent Dragons kept the pressure on Pool One leaders Bristol with a 39-29 win over Bucuresti. Clermont Auvergne dispatched Viadana 57-29 in Pool Five and Pool Three leaders Brive thrashed Petrarca 48-6.

Leeds could take a sizeable lead at the top of National League One today when they visit Cornish Pirates following Earth Titans' surprise 29-0 defeat by Exeter.

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