Exeter 29-6 Wasps
Argentina fly-half Ignacio Mieres kicked 19 points on his first appearance for Exeter to help secure a well-deserved 29-6 victory over Wasps in the their first match in the LV= Cup.
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Mieres kicked five penalties and converted tries from centre Sireli Naqelevuki and left wing Matt Jess.
Wasps' points came through a penalty in each half from their young outside centre Elliot Daly.
Scarlets 52-13 Leeds
Flanker Jonny Fa'amatuainu scored a hat-trick as the Scarlets opened up their LV= Cup campaign with a 52-13 bonus-point victory over Leeds at Parc y Scarlets.
The hosts scored seven tries, with Scott Williams (two), Daniel Newton and Aaron Shingler also touching down.
Warren Fury went over in the first half for Leeds, with Christian Lewis-Pratt kicking the rest of their points.
Newcastle 18-17 Ospreys
Newcastle edged a tight contest against the Ospreys 18-17 to get their campaign off to a winning start at Kingston Park.
The Falcons had swept into a 13-0 lead within half an hour but Matthew Morgan struck four penalties on debut to bring the Ospreys back into contention in the second half after Luke Fielden's second try.
The Ospreys threatened to snatch the win but Gareth Owen hit the bar with a long-range penalty and Newcastle held on.
Leicester 25-34 Harlequins
Harlequins got their LV= Cup campaign off to a tremendous start with a richly deserved success at Welford Road.
The visitors fielded a strong side and outscored a disappointing Leicester side by three tries to one. Nick Evans proved to be the star turn, controlling play and scoring 19 points.
Apart from a strong scrummaging effort the Tigers were largely lifeless until the last 10 minutes and managed only six penalties from Billy Twelvetrees and a late penalty try.
Sale 39-14 London Irish
Sale gained a modicum of revenge for their defeat at the Madejski Stadium last weekend by kicking off their LV= Cup campaign with a 39-14 bonus-point victory over London Irish.
A ninth-minute score from homegrown youngster Tom Brady put Sale on their way before Fergus Mulchrone (two) and Iain Thornley also went over to establish a 25-0 interval lead.
Rhys Crane and Chris Leck added further tries in the second half against an understrength Irish outfit showing 12 changes to the side that started last weekend's match.
Bath 29-19 Cardiff Blues
Olly Barkley kicked 19 points from fly-half, converting tries by Matt Banahan and Tom Biggs, as Bath opened their LV= Cup campaign with a comfortable 29-19 win over Cardiff Blues.
Nearly 12,000 spectators crammed into a rain-soaked Recreation Ground even though the visitors were without 10 players on international duty and Bath were resting a number of battle-weary first-teamers.
But it allowed both sides to blood up-and-coming products of their academies and US Eagles skipper John van der Geissen made his debut in the home second row.
Newport Gwent Dragons 18-12 Gloucester
Newport Gwent Dragons held on to secure a surprise 18-12 victory over Aviva Premiership high-flyers Gloucester in the LV= Cup.
The Welshmen held on in the dying seconds as Gloucester's pack tried in vain to push an attacking scrum over the line to grab a third try of the night.
But the Dragons managed to turn the ball over deep in their own 22 and in injury time to finish six points clear.
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