We continue our record of this captivating Champions Cup season focusing on the fourth and last day of the bulls phase which was the theater of many thrilling encounters.
The French Stadium offers a miracle
The Stade Français Paris, reduced to 14 in the 34th minute of play after the expulsion of champion Tolu Latu, on the occasion of his decisive Group B match against Connacht Rugby, recorded a brilliant home victory (37- 31) allowing him to secure his place in the eighth finals. Adrien Lapegue (2), Ngani Laumape, Kylan Hamdaoui and Ryan Chapuis signed the TOP 14 training tests, four of which were marked in the second period. Si le Connacht reached the direct elimination phase by finishing fifth in the round, the Irish province, which marked tests by the interlocutor of Alex Wootton, Caolin Blade, Tom Farrell and Jarrad Butler, was however surprised at the end of match with a decisive penalty by Joris Segonds.
Montpellier Hérault Rugby, who met at Poule A les Exeter Chiefs, could not receive a single point to ensure qualification for the eighth finals. And the Héraultais picked up a great victory at home (37-26) to make it happen. Author of a bubbling match debut with tests by Anthony Bouthier, Paul Willemse and Jan Serfontein, after only 21 minutes of play, the MHR was however under the threat of Chiefs after Sam Simmonds tripled in a test by Sean O’Brien who allowed Exeter to stay in the match in the second period. The Montpelliérains supporters, despite pushing for a breakout, in the 69th minute of the game, when half -time Cobus Reinach intercepted the ball before taking the whole field to offer the Cistes the eighth qualifying test. of the final.
The Quins sign an impressive comeback
The Harlequins’ place in the eighth final was already sealed before their meeting, at home, against the Olympic Castres. The English, however, made an incredible comeback to impose (36-33) to send the TOP 14 formation in the EPCR Challenge Cup. Castres, who needed a win to reach the eighth-finals, found the way to the goal through the mediation of Gaëtan Barlot, Antoine Zeghdar, Rory Kockott and Filipo Nakosi. But the number 8 of the Quins Alex Dombrandt, who had already signed two tests, in addition to the tests of Huw Jones and Viliami Taulani, scored a triple just before the final whistle to break the cast’s hopes and thus allow his team to record four wins in four matches. of chickens.
Results for the fourth day:
Stade Toulousain 0 Cardiff Rugby 28*
Leicester Tigers 28 Union Bordeaux-Bègles 0*
Harlequins 36 Castres Olympique 33
Racing 92 28 Northampton Saints 0*
Bath Rugby 7 Leinster Rugby 64
Ulster Rugby 34 ASM Clermont Auvergne 31
Scarlets 21 Bristol Bears 52
Glasgow Warriors 30 Stade Rochelais 38
Sale Sharks 49 Ospreys 10
Stade Français Paris 37 Connacht Rugby 31
Munster Rugby 45 Wasps 7
Montpellier Hérault Rugby 37 Exeter Chiefs 26