The irregular began to be played second date of the Champions Cup with the London Wasps triumph over Montpellier, who was sent off a player when they were just six minutes into the game. This Saturday Leinster got a great victory against Northampton and Gloucester did the same against Ulster. In addition, with a great production by Santiago Cordero, Bordeaux beat Dragons, Munster beat Clermont in France and Edinburgh triumphed over the final against Sale Sharks. On the other hand, I know they suspended four games by COVID-19 and the match won was given to the French teams in three of them, except for Toulon.
On Sunday you can follow all the action on ESPN Play, from 12 noon with Harlequins before Racing 92 (by ESPN EXTRA and ESPN PLAY), which will have Juan Imhoff in the substitute bench, and Connacht vs Bristol Bears that will go from 2:30 p.m. for ESPN PLAY.
TOULOUSE 28–0 EXETER (Sunday)
Game suspended due to positive cases of COVID-19 in the English squad that could not travel to France to play the game. The victory was given to Toulouse.
SALE SHARKS 15-16 EDINBURGH (Saturday)
In a highly emotional match, the Scots won a pure penalty match to claim their first victory in the tournament. The match began with a Denny Solomona try for Sale Sharks with a conversion by Robert du Preez. Five minutes later, at 19 minutes in the first half, Rohan Janse van Rensburg extended for the English team with another try. In the second half it was Mark Bennett who discounted with a try for Edinburgh, with a conversion by Jaco Van der Walt. Then it would be Van der Walt himself who through three penalties (the last in minute 70) turned the score in favor of the Scots.
BORDEAUX 47-8 DRAGONS (Saturday)
With Santiago Cordero as the starter and being a figure, Bordeaux easily beat Dragons. The French had their star player in the Argentine as he scored three tries. Mahamadou Diaby, Maxime Lamothe, Mathieu Jalibert and Ben Lam were the other Bordeaux players who also supported the Dragons ingoal. For the Welsh team, only Josh Lewis scored a penalty and Nick Tompkins with a try. With this result, Cordero’s team obtained its second victory in Group A of the competition.
CLERMONT 31-39 MUNSTER (Saturday)
In another of the big games of the day, Munster was able to turn an adverse result against Clermont, which was in advantage for 70 minutes. The French team opened the scoring at 30 seconds with a try by Alivereti Raka with a conversion by Camille López. While the Irish got into play thanks to JJ Hanrahan’s penalties (he scored three before the first half hour), Clermont extended through tries by Damian Penaud and Ettiene Fourcade. Averaging the half hour, a Mike Haley try brought Munster to life for the second half. In it, CJ Stander and Kevin O´Byrne scored two tries to turn the attractive match, which ended with Hanrahan as a figure thanks to his 24 points converted.
GLOUCESTER 38-34 ULSTER (Saturday)
Gloucester, with Matías Alemanno as the starter, who had just fallen on the first day, achieved a great victory against Ulste, r after going at a disadvantage until almost the final stretch of the match. The locals started winning well thanks to a try by Louis Rees-Zammit with a conversion by Lloyd Evans. Despite the equality achieved by Billy Burns through a try and the conversion of John Cooney (later he would convert a penalty), Gloucester dominated throughout the first half. In the second half, it was Ulster who dominated and through Michael Lowry (one try) and John Cooney (one try, two conversions and a penalty) they had managed to get to the front. But at the end, thanks to a try by George Barton with a conversion by Lloyd Evans, it was Gloucester who finally took the win.
LEINSTER 35-19 NORTHAMPTON (Saturday)
Leinster, who had just won on the first date of the contest, triumphed again against Northampton. The Irish opened the game with a try by Josh Murphy, with a subsequent conversion by Ross Byrne. The opening had a preponderant performance, winning 15 points (three conversions and three penalties). The English could never come into play despite tries by Fraser Dingwall and Tom James (with conversions by Rory Hutchinson) and Leinster ended up widening the gap thanks to tries by Cian Healy, Dave Kearney and Jamison Gibson-Park.
LYON 28-0 GLASGOW WARRIORS (Saturday)
Due to the positive cases in the team of Exeter, Glasgow’s rival last week, it was decided to isolate the Scottish team and the match they were to play in France was suspended. The victory was for Lyon.
LA ROCHELLE 28-0 BATH (Saturday)
The match was suspended as there was a positive case of COVID-19 in Scarlets, Bath’s rival last weekend, so the entire English team went into quarantine and could not travel to play the match with the French team, to who declared the winner of the match.
SCARLETS 28-0 TOULON (Friday)
Toulon, who was due to visit Scarlets, due to COVID-19 cases in the Welsh team, decided not to appear despite a Medical Risk Assessment Committee ruling that the game could be played safely. Subsequently, the organization of the Champions Cup offered the opportunity to play the match on Sunday, however, this proposal was not accepted by the French team and, consequently, it was decided to award the points to the locals.
WASPS 33-14 MONTPELLIER (Friday)
Difficult for the French, from the start that six minutes into the game they were left with one less player for a red to fullback Henry Immelman who delivered a dangerous tackle to rival scrum half Will Porter. It seemed that the brand new runners-up were heading easily to the triumph that began with a try by Alfie Barbery, after insisting with the pack, and another by Jamas Gaskell in the first stage. However, Montpellier discounted with Alex Lozowski in the first half and in the complement Yvan Reilhac marked the other conquest. Benoit Paillaugue’s two conversions against the only one that Jimmy Gopperth hit left the visitors 14-12 up and tight. But in the closing, Wasps adjusted the pegs and with tries from Paolo Odogwu, another from Alfie Barbeary and one from Charlie Atkinson in the epilogue rounded out the win.