The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Friday, 17th, January, 2020 – Saturday, 18th, January, 2020)

Peter Betham scored the opening try for Clermont against Harlequins in the Champions Cup

That weekend was the final Round in the two european competitions played in the Northern Hemisphere. All the clubs did not have the same target given the results that they picked earlier.

Few clubs were still targeting silverware in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup. For most of the other clubs, it was all about salvaging something from a disappointing campaign.

Meanwhile, the ProD2, the French second division, was going on. In the Southern Hemisphere, the franchises were warming up as Super Rugby would come back in only a few weekends.

* Biarritz vs. Montauban : ProD2 (Aguiléra, Biarritz, France)

The home side got a kick with Willie du Plessis and got a great try with Ilian Perreaux. Nicolas Agnesi was binned for Montauban as Romain Ruffenach touched down. Montauban replied with Kimami Sitauti.

Also, Aviata Silago was the second player binned for Montauban. Willie du Plessis landed a kick. They had Gavin Stark binned for a high tackle. Montauban had a third player binned with Dimitri Vaotoa.

Then, Pierre Sayerse scored. Pierre Bernard added a kick for Biarritz as Steeve Barry won the kick-chase for the try. Montauban scored late tries with Jeremy Chaput and Jerome Bosviel. Biarritz won (FT : 30-27).

* Dragons vs. Enisey : Challenge Cup (Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales)

The Dragons began very well with a try from Ross Moriarty. The home side threw the ball wide and Jared Rosser scored from a set-piece play. Enisey hit back with a great try from Bjorn Basson.

In the second-half, Harrison Keddie intercepted to get the try. Dmitry Gerasimov was yellow-carded for Enisey as they lacked discipline. Centre Tyler Morgan concluded a good build-up.

From a lineout, Adam Warren also scored. Back-rower Aaron Wainwright found space on the wing to touch down while Adam Warren clinched his brace. It was a great win for the Dragons (FT : 47-05).

* Lyon vs. Northampton : Champions Cup (Gerland, Lyon, France)

The home side had Francisco Gomez Kodela binned for many penalties. Northampton Saints got the maul try with Mikey Haywood. Lyon hit back with tries from Felix Lambey and Liam Gill.

After that, Jonathan Wisniewski added a kick. In the second-half, Teimana Harrison carried over the line for Northampton Saints. Dan Biggar landed a kick and Cobus Reinach got a stunning try.

On the re-start, Charlie Ngatai got the try for Lyon. Dan Biggar threw the inside pass and George Furbank touched down. The fly-half missed a penalty but James Fish scored. Northampton won (FT : 24-36).

* Harlequins vs. Clermont : Champions Cup (Twickenham Stoop, London, England)

The Clermont side did not waste time as Peter Betham touched down from a cross-field kick. The home side replied with a set-piece try from Luke Northmore. Clermont hit back.

Morgan Parra kicked a penalty while Apisai Naqalevu carried over the line. The Harlequins scored with Alex Dombrandt. In the second-half, Morgan Parra kicked three consecutive penalties.

In a tough game, the Harlequins came back with a try from Brett Herron. Clermont held their lines during the last quarter. They finally clinched a valuable away win in London (FT : 19-26).

* Exeter vs. La Rochelle : Champions Cup (Sandy Park, Exeter, England)

The Exeter Chiefs started with a maul try from Luke Cowan-Dickie. Stade Rochelais hit back with a try from Kirikiri Murimurivalu. The Exeter Chiefs built phases and flanker Dave Ewers touched down.

Though, Stuart Hogg was yellow-carded for foul play and La Rochelle was awarded a penalty try. In the second-half, the Exeter Chiefs showed composure and Sam Simmonds scored from a maul.

The number 8 got a brace after a good attacking play. Replacement scrum-half Stu Townsend got a counter-attacking try as well. It was a bonus point win at home for the Exeter Chiefs (FT : 33-14).

* Toulon vs. Bayonne : Challenge Cup (Felix Mayol, Toulon, France)

The home side threw the ball wide early and Gervais Cordin scored the try. Bryce Heem also touched down. Bayonne replied with two penalties from Manu Saubusse who missed his third attempt.

In the second-half, Toulon set up a maul and Julien Ory was on the scoreboard. Toulon showed physicality. Beka Gigashvili and Facundo Isa also got tries. Replacement forward Bruce Devaux got the try.

Toulon were rampant as Beka Gigashvili got his brace. Besides, winger Gabin Villiere concluded a great build-up with another try. It was an outstanding win for Toulon with great tries (FT : 50-06).

Conclusion

That weekend was interesting. First of all, in the ProD2, Biarrotz kept the momentum with another brillant win. About the european competitions, there were some great games, as well.

In the Challenge Cup, the Dragons qualified after a bonus point win while Toulon impressed once again. About the Champions Cup, Northampton Saints snatched the away win to qualify.

Clermont secured the away win as well to get a home Quarter-Final with the Exeter Chiefs qualifying, too. Next weekend, the domestic leagues would come back with Super Rugby coming quickly.

Max.

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