Our retrospective of the EPCR Challenge Cup season was poured with focus on the fourth day, which was the theater of a passionate encounter, culminating in 11 essays, between the Saracens and the London Irish.
The rebellious Sarries
The Saracens revealed themselves too strong for the London Irish, at their front at StoneX Stadium, at the end of a thrilling Round C encounter (45-24). The Irish delivered the pendants in a grande partie de la rencontre, with the essay by James Stokes and Cillian Redmond within 20 minutes of this premières, which all Sarries répondaient along with the essay by Sean Maitland. Author for six minutes, Alex Lewington relaunched the Saracens before Elliot Daly did not allow the European triple champions to take control of the match at the break.
The Irish remained however threatening with a try by Juan Martín Gonzalez from the first moments of the second period. The Saracens finally emerged victorious, after ten minutes of suffocation, with tests by Harvey Beaton and Eroni Mawi, despite the retaliation of Irish sign Henry Arundell. This honored victory allowed the Saracens to secure their place in the eighth final.
A rain of suspicion
The fourth day saw a number of encounters with high scores, in the image of Edinburgh Rugby, who won 10 tests in his win, at home, against CA Brive (66-3), thus comforting his hopes of qualification ats la Poule C. Gloucester Rugby also marked 10 tests in a demonstration against USAP (68-19), despite the reaction of the TOP 14 formation with its three tests. For their part, the Worcester Warriors kept their chances of entering the elimination phase straight after a much-sealed win over Zebre Parma (36-26). Billy Searle’s 16 points helped them emerge victorious in a match with nine written tests.
Results for the fourth day:
RC Toulon 28 Newcastle Falcons 0 *
Lyon 25 Benetton Rugby 10
Edinburgh 66 CA Brive 3
Zebre Parma 26 Worcester Warriors 36
Gloucester Rugby 68 USAP 19
Saracens 45 London Irish 24
* Match canceled