Our second Throwback Thursday in the Challenge Cup is the 2005 European Cup thriller between Edinburgh and Wasps, who meet again in Pool 3 next season. 

Edinburgh 32 Wasps 31  

English champions Wasps were brought down to earth with a bang as they surrendered a 20-13 interval lead at Murrayfield to lose the clubs’ Pool 6 opener. 

Skipper Chris Paterson was Edinburgh’s inspiration with 22 points from a try, a conversion and five penalties as both teams crossed the whitewash three times. 

Wasps grabbed the first try after a great run from halfway by full-back Mark van Gisbergen, which took him through the entire home pack before he was tackled by Mike Blair. However, flanker Johnny O’Connor was on hand to pick up and plunge over near the posts for Van Gisbergen to convert. 

Paterson hit back by capitalising on an Alex King fumble to score a try that he improved, only for Wasps to regain the lead when a Van Gisbergen penalty bounced back off a post into the grateful arms of wing Josh Lewsey, who touched down. 

Two Paterson penalties cut Wasps’ lead and Edinburgh nudged ahead when full-back Hugo Southwell surged down the left touchline, exchanged passes with Francisco Leonelli and strolled over. 

Wasps replied with a try from wing Paul Sackey in the corner, but Edinburgh clinched victory in the last minute, when Scott Murray released replacement centre Simon Webster for a try.