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The opening weekend of the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup saw the Welsh regions claim three great bonus point wins and a battling defeat away to the reigning European Cup champions.

Whilst there was great news on the pitch the weekend was also tinged with sadness as Welsh rugby great Stuart Gallacher passed away on Sunday morning. As a result a minute’s silence was held before all European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup matches played on Sunday in memory of the man who did so much for rugby in Wales throughout his career.

Cardiff Blues

The Blues kicked-off the weekend with a five-try bonus point win at home against Grenoble in their opening European Rugby Challenge Cup fixture. Tries from Sam Warburton, Josh Turnbull, Lloyd Williams, Richard Smith and Rhys Patchell, who also added 12 points with the boot, saw the Blues home in a 37-14 comfortable win.

The victory puts the Blues second in Pool 1, tied on five points with pool leaders London Irish. Next up is an away fixture against Italian outfit Rovigo at 2pm next Saturday (25/10/14).

Newport Gwent Dragons

There was definitely love in the air in Paris on Saturday night for Dragons supporters who watched their team run in four tries to claim an historic victory against Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The bonus point win saw tries for Richie Rees, T. Rhys Thomas, Hallam Amos and Nic Cudd, while young fly half Angus O’Brien, who was outstanding, kicked 18 points.

The win puts the Dragons second in Pool 3, and they now await the visit of pool leaders Newcastle Falcons to Rodney Parade at 7.30pm on Friday (24/10/14).

Ospreys

The Ospreys never looked threatened in their opening European Rugby Champions Cup bonus point victory at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday against Italian side Treviso, as they stretched their unbeaten start to the season to seven games.

Two tries from Ospreys full-back Dan Evans and one apiece by Jeff Hassler, Rhys Webb, and Dan Baker, plus 17 points from the ever-reliable right foot of fly-half Dan Biggar saw the Ospreys claim a comprehensive 42-7 win.

Next up for the Ospreys, who now top Pool 1, is a much tougher looking away tie against current Aviva Premiership champions Northampton Saints at 5.15 pm on Saturday (25/10/14).

Scarlets

With news of the passing of Llanelli RFC and Scarlets great Stuart Gallacher on Sunday morning, even though the Scarlets went down to a close defeat away to current European champions Toulon, it was a fitting performance that would have no doubt met his approval.

Wearing black armbands as a mark of respect, Scarlets scored tries through John Barclay and Kristian Phillips, while fly half Rhys Priestland added eight points from the boot in the 28-18 reverse at Stade Mayol.

The Scarlets face Leicester Tigers next Saturday (25/10/14) in round two of their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign at Parc Y Scarlets, which kicks-off at 7.45pm.