The quarterfinals of the Champions Cup began to be played and La Rochelle firmly beat Sale and for the first time he will play the semifinals of the contest. In the other game of the day they faced Exeter, reigning champion, before Leinster. It was Irish win 34-22 as a visitor to get into the semifinals of the tournament.
On Sunday Bordeaux took the match against Racing 92 24-21 with an agonizing penalty in the last minute and that Jalibert did not shake his leg and led his team to the semifinals.
At another crossroads of French teams and Toulouse, one of the candidates in the most important tournament on the Old Continent, visited the Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michellin.
CLERMONT 12-21 TOULOUSE (Sunday)
Toulouse dominated the match for much of the 80 minutes. Despite the fact that neither team managed to make a try, Romain Ntamack was the player who scored the most points with 21. Morgan Parra hit the sticks four times, although it was not enough. The match had a large number of penalties, both did not achieve a regularity in the passes nor did they score tries.
BORDEAUX 24-21 RACING 92 (Sunday)
The French duel left all the seasonings and anxiety attacks for the last five minutes. The meeting had the Ingoal clean from both sides. However, penalties were the protagonists of the game. Maxime Machenaud converted 12 points, Antoine Gibert 3 points and Teddy Iribaren, 6 for Racing 92. Despite their 21 points, the team of Guido Petti and Santiago Cordero scored three more that gave them a place in the semifinals. Matthieu Jalibert was the player of the match and the author of the 24 units. Yoram Falatea-Moefana had a unique opportunity with 15 seconds to go, but an infraction of Ben Lam cut the illusion to him. Despite this, at 81 minutes, Bordeaux’s opening kicked from behind 50 meters and placed a remote control between the posts and giving him a ticket to the semifinals of the Championship Cup. Santiago Cordero, Guido Petti, Emiliano Boffelli and Juan Imhoff were protagonists for their respective teams.
LA ROCHELLE 45-21 SALE (Saturday)
La Rochelle asks for a pencil and a paper because it has already started to make history and for the first time it was introduced among the four best in Europe. With tactical rigor, discipline and a fierce defense, he dominated the game. At 10 minutes from the end of the meeting, Facundo Bosch joined the maritime. The victories of the winning team came through Gregory Alldritt, Dillyn Leyds, Raymond Rhule (2) and Geoffrey Doumayrou (2). Ihaia West added 3 conversions and 3 penalties. For the English came Sam James and Byron McGuigan. AJ MacGinty was present on the scoreboard with 1 conversion and 3 penalties.
EXETER 22-34 LEINSTER (Saturday)
Leinster left out the current monarch of the continent with a great collective performance that prevented the Chiefs from breaking the defense in the final minutes. The Irish stood firm with every thrust they received and crouched down to define the game on whatever ball they could recover. The team that has Felipe Contepomi as backs coach started badly, as the English with a lit Tom O´Flaherty scored two tries in the first 7´. The uprising began and the conquests of the Blues came through James Lowe and Jordan Larmour, who also billed twice. Jonathan Sexton’s feet (he was injured in the first half) contributed a conversion and then was replaced by Ross Byrne who hit another conversion and five penalties. For the Chiefs the third try was scored by Ewers and Joe Simmonds was present in two conversions and a penalty.