- There have been 104 tries and 934 points scored in 20 matches
- London Irish' Sailosi Tagicakibau has made the most carries (31) and the most metres (241)
- Brive's Venione Voretamaya has made the most line breaks (5)
- Worcester Warriors Richard DeCarpentier is the top tackler to date with 27
- Newcastle Falcons lock Fraser McKenzie leads the way with three line-out steals
- London Irish outside half Myles Dorrian has scored 40 points
- London Irish have won more rucks than any other team (167)
- Worcester Warriors have won the most line-outs (28)
- Brive have had four players sent to the sin bin
POOL 1 Review
Sale Sharks seized control of Pool 1 thanks to a blistering first-half performance at English rivals Worcester Warriors. Inspired by fly-half Danny Cipriani behind a dominant pack, Sharks hit the Warriors for three tries at Sixways before No8 Mark Easter secured maximum points in the 26-10 win.
That result severely dented Worcester's hopes of qualifying having been denied victory in the opening round by a late penalty at Oyonnax. Sale are now four points clear at the top of the pool though will be well aware of the threat still posed by seasoned European campaigners Biarritz Olympique.
A potentially crucial bonus-point victory away from home will fill Stave Diamond's team with confidence for their back-to-back games against Oyonnax, who remain one of only two teams yet to score a try in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season.
Biarritz picked up their first win of the campaign against Oyonnax thanks to the power of their forwards who scored all four tries. Pelu Table, Joshua Furno, Seremaia Burotu and replacement prop Eugene Van Stade all crossed in the 26-6 win at Parc des Sports Aguilera that catapults the Basque club back into contention.
Biarritz, led by Dimitri Yachvili, will want to continue their impressive European rugby heritage having qualified for the knock-out stages of either competition 10 times in the past 13 years.
POOL 2 Review
Bath clinched victory in the early top of the table clash against Newport Gwent Dragons though the pool remains wide open after two rounds. Mathew Gilbert's try against 14-man Dragons, who had back-row Lewis Evans in the sin bin, sealed a 26-10 win at The Recreation Ground for Bath.
However it was the boot of Tom Heathcote that proved just as decisive with 16 points after British Lion Toby Faletau cancelled out Rich Lane's earlier try. A second win of the campaign has Bath three points ahead of their rivals however their failure to pick up a bonus point in either game has left the door open heading into round three.
Lyn Jones' ever-improving Dragons remain second on try-count ahead of Bordeaux-Begles who they face next in what will be decisive back-to-back games for both teams in the following rounds. Bordeaux shook off their home defeat to Bath to beat Rugby Mogliano 32-20.
Robert Lilomaiava and Matthew Graham both scored for the French club, who also claimed a penalty try, though it was not until the 77th-minute that full-back Romain Lonca clinched the bonus point, lifting them back into contention for the pool.
Mogliano showed they had recovered for their heavy defeat at Newport while lively wing Tommaso Boni showed his attacking threat to Bath in the next round when he scored for the game in a row.
POOL 3 Review
Pool 3 looks set to be the most closely contested group of the tournament with all four teams still in contention for qualification. Brive hauled themselves back into the equation after twice coming from behind to beat Newcastle Falcons at Stade Amedee-Domenech.
The French club were held 20-20 at Calvisano in the opening round but centre Thomas Laranjeira scored 18 points, including one of his team's two tries, to finally clip the Falcons' wings. However tries by Scott Lawson and Ryan Shortland ensured Newcastle at least departed south-west France with a losing bonus point that keeps them well in contention for top spot.
Newcastle are second in the pool though only courtesy of their late victory in the opening round over Bucharest Wolves, who claimed a 37-15 success against Calvisano. Florin Vlaicu instigated the Wolves' recovery from the heartache of that narrow loss to Newcastle with 27 points that included six penalties, two conversions and one of his team's three tries.
However head coach Lynn Howells will rue not clinching a bonus point that would have taken his team top of the group ahead of their home and away fixtures against Brive. Calvisano may have lost but are by no means out given the failure of the other sides to take maximum points in any of the pool games so far and will provide tricky opposition for Dean Richard's Newcastle in the coming rounds.
POOL 4 Review
London Wasps have taken a firm grip on Pool 4 by taking nine point from a possible ten in their opening two games. However the former Amlin Challenge Cup winners had to come from behind to see-off Bayonne 26-10 at Adam's Park.
Wasps trailed at half-time to Sam Gerber's second try in of the tournament before Josh Bassett and Ed Jackson both crossed after the break to add to 16 points from the boot of Alex Goode. However Wasps next face Grenoble over the course of successive weeks and Dai Young will be well aware his side face a stern challenge after the French club kick-started their European campaign against Viadana.
Grenoble, who include former England fly-half Olly Barkley, have been one of the surprise packages of the Top 14 this season and still cannot be discounted the pool despite lying third. Jordan Michallet, Daniel Kilioni and Cedric Beal all scored two tries apiece in a remarkable match against Viadana that failed to produce a single point in the second half despite seven tries in the first period.
Bayonne remain second, thanks to their bonus-point win in round one and can keep the pressure on Wasps with successive games against the pool's bottom side, Viadana, in the rounds three and four.
POOL 5 Review
London Irish have found the line more times than any other side in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup so far to top Pool 5. And they will need to maintain that attacking verve when they face two make-or-break games against Stade Francais Paris over the next two rounds.
Irish are proving the great entertainers having scored a remarkable 18 tries in just two games to ensure maximum points in the group. And their latest success - 67-9 at Lusitanos - also made sure they capitalised on a slip by pool rivals Stade.
The Exiles matched the nine tries they bagged against I Cavalieri Prato with another nine at Lisbon's Estadio Nacional to light up the first European cup tie to be held in Portugal for eight years. Hooker Jimmy Stevens took his tally to three tries so far with a double that was equalled by Marland Yarde as the experience of the English Premiership club showed with seven tries in the second half.
That win took them a point ahead of Stade who required a late conversion by Jerome Porical to overcome a stunning display by Prato who ended the game with just 12 players. The Italians were rocked by a red card to No8 Giacomo Bernini just 23 minutes into the tie at Stadio Enrico Cheroni.
Yet they looked set to record the biggest win of the club's history following Abou Souare's try. However two late yellow cards left them defending with just 12 men who could not prevent flanker Nicolas Garrault crossing three minutes from time.
Porical still had to convert to clinch a dramatic 17-16 win but Stade slipped to second in the group ahead of those games against Irish.