Challenge Cup: Ulster thrashed Harlequins 51-27 at home and will play Northampton

Challenge Cup: Ulster thrashed Harlequins 51-27 at home and will play Northampton

The second round of the Challenge Cup continues with an Argentine presence. Benetton defeated Agen and in the Italians were titleds in the first line Thomas Gallo and Tomas Baravalle, Sebastián Negri in the third line e Ignacio Brex, who scored a try. Iván Nemer entered the complement.

Ospreys hosted Newcastle and the Falcons took a 28-24 win with Matías Orlando as the starter in the center of the court. The Welsh dragons fell to Northampton that in a burst of 2 minutes turned the game around. In it local entered Gonzalo Bertranou. By last, Leicester took home win against Connach 48-32 and Matías Moroni supported a try. The Sunday complete the date Harlequins, with Santiago García Botta of holder in the first line, before Ulster.

On Friday they opened the day on Zebre from Eduardo Bello who received Bath. The English achieved a laborious 35-27 victory. Now, he will play against London irish who beat 41-35 to Cardiff blues. Montepellier did his thing and knocked out the Glasgow Warriors 26-21.


Kieran Marmion opened with an early try to give the visitors the lead. Nevertheless, Leicester was unforgiving and scored four tries in the first stage signed by: Charlie Clare (11 ‘), Guy Porter (14’), Matías Moroni (27 ‘) and Zack Henry (31’). In the second half, Connacht was twice a conversion away from leveling the score with the conquests of: Eoghan Masterson (43 ‘), Alex Wootton (60’) and Paul Boyle (71 ‘). However, it was not enough against the three new arrivals at the ingoal by: Clare (68 ‘), Harry Wells (73’), Jasper Wiese (79 ‘). Thus the Tigers took the victory to face Newcastle in the quarterfinals.


A flurry in the last 10 minutes was enough to beat the Welsh resistance. The Saints recovered and in 2 minutes they scored 2 tries to win and qualify for the quarterfinals. Taqele Naiyaravoro (2), Ollie Sleightholme, Alex Mitchell, Teimana Harrison and Tom Collins came to the try. James Grayson put his signature on 5 conversions and 1 penalty. For the Welsh, who had the entry of Gonzalo Bertranou at 17 ‘of the complement, they scored in the ingoal Leon Brown, Matthew Screecht, Ashton Hewitt and Sam Davies, who also contributed the 4 conversions and 2 penalties.

HARLEQUINS 21-57 (Sunday)

During the first half, Stuart McCloskey, Rob Herring, Sean Reidy and Michael Lowry were the protagonists who supported the conquests of Ulster. While Tom Lawday was the only one who made a try for Harlequins. In the final stage, Herring and Reidy gave the Irish team five more points, each. The remaining two were signed by: Billy Burns and Alby Mathewson. On the other hand, Jack Kenningham and Jordan Els discounted for the English team that was eliminated from the Challenge Cup.

BENETTON 29-16 AGEN (Saturday)

With a try by Juan Ignacio Brex and the presence of several Argentines, the Italian team rose from a great triumph to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. In addition to the player trained in San Cirano, the starters were Thomas Gallo, Tomas Baravalle and Sebastián Negri and Iván Nemer entered the complement. Everything was even but the expulsion of Lamie Jerry-Taulagi for a dangerous tackle complicated everything for the French. Dewalt Duvenage, Monty Ioane and Edoardo Padovani scored the other winning tries and Paolo Garbisi contributed 3 penalties. For the visitors came the ingoal Dylan Hayes and Hugo Verdu was present with the conversion and 3 penalties.


During the first minutes, the Welsh team was far superior to Newcastle, with Matías Orlando as the starter. However, its intensity was lowered and through the yellows to Tipuric and Beard, Falcons rallied to leave the plate at halftime 14-14. In addition, the England team came out determined to seek a place in the quarterfinals and ended up taking the match 28 to 24. For the Ospreys, Williams, Evans and Botha supported, all converted by Pirce, who also contributed a penalty. In Newcastle, the victories were Davison, Robinson and Van der Walt, all converted by Connon, plus a penalty try.

ZEBRE 27-35 BATH (Friday)

He had to work on it and defined it only in the epilogue. The visiting forwards made the difference and in the last meters were vital to define in the ingoal. Thus came the tries of Joe Cokanasiga (14 ‘) and Will Stuart (40’) in the first stage. The Italians showed their best in the first half with a Pierre Bruno who did everything well and dispatched with a triplet of tries that Carlo Canna was in charge of converting. In addition, Bath shone again with the forwards, took the lead with the tries Beno Obano (45 ‘) and Anthony Watson (61’) and finished him off in the epilogue with Jacques du Toit (78 ‘). In the premises there were only two penalties from Paolo Pescetto (67 ‘and 71’).


With a number of tries, nine in total, Curtis Rona was the hero of the afternoon, having scored the winning try for the London Irish to take a place in the quarterfinals and now they will compete head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals against Bath. Krisitan Dacey was the one who supported for the first time in the game after 15 minutes. Then Josh Adams stretched the lead 3-12 in favor of Cardiff. Ben Loader was commissioned by the local team to discount and go to the locker room 13-17. At the beginning of the final stage, Will Goodrick-Clarke was sent off and Agustín Creevy’s team was left with one player less. Paddy Jackson was in charge of kicking the conversion to equalize the score after the conquest signed by Ollie Hassell-Collins, who then near the end would convert the second. However, Jason Harries and Jarrod Evans would put out Irish’s light of hope leaving the score 20-32. Terrence Hepetema turned on the light again and in less than ten minutes, they had scored three tries and the last one that gave them the agonizing victory and the possibility of fighting for a place in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. Agustín Creevy started for the team. winner.


Montepellier qualified for the quarterfinals and will wait for Benetton or Agen. Alex Lozowski was in charge of converting the four penalties of the match and the two conversions. It was difficult for the local team to reach the first conquest of the match that would only arrive two minutes after the end of the first half, Guilhem Guirado was the one who put an end to the drought of tries to the match. Anthony Bouthier was the author of the second and last try in the 80 minutes of play. The visiting team did not generate any conquests and only approached the scoreboard with the five penalties converted by Adam Hastings and the last two by Ross Thompson. In addition to being eliminated, TJ Ioane added with an expulsion in the middle of the second half.

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