four French clubs in the European Cup quarter-finals

Lhe French clubs shone on the rugby pitches on Saturday, April 16, in the European Cup. Pending the result of Racing 92 – Stade Français on Sunday afternoon, Montpellier, La Rochelle and Toulouse have qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition. Clermont, already beaten at home in the first leg, were however powerless against English fury from Leicester. Therefore, there will be four French clubs in the next round.

Match of the weekend: Toulouse

Toulouse's French scrum-half Antoine Dupont scores the final try during the European Rugby Champions Cup Round of 16 second leg rugby match between Ulster and Stade Toulouse at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 16 April 2022. (Photo by Pablo Fe / AFP)

A victory with forceps. Beaten by six points in the first leg played on home soil (26-20), Toulouse managed to reverse the situation by beating the Ulster Irish 30-23 in Belfast on Saturday. The victory materialized in the last minutes of the match when, after the expulsion of the Irish prop O’Toole, the red and blacks found the gap in the 75thme minute thanks to a test from his game master, the essential Antoine Dupont. But it was difficult. Courageous, the Ulster players responded tenaciously throughout the match to repeated attacks from the Stade Toulousain players.
The reigning champion, five times European champion, will advance to the quarterfinals, this time played on dry land, in May, in another Irish province, Munster, which he had knocked out of the competition in the previous round. year.

The declaration

“We are sure that it will happen, so we are already giving the instruction to give him a short dismissal… Unless he fails. Luck was on our side at that point. »

Philippe Saint-André, the coach of Montpellier, already saw how the worst scenario was shaping up for his team. But, after an indecisive game until the final whistle, Montpellier held on to qualify on Saturday in London, in the lair of the Harlequins, for the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup. The Montpellier residents managed to maintain a small point lead (20-33 loss) over their opponents in both games.

Montpellier were beaten 33-20 by Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium at the end of a thrilling fixture, but won by a slim point on aggregate from the two games and qualified for the Champions League Cup quarter-finals.

Beaten 40-26 in the first leg, the “Quins” attacked the match head-on, scoring a try 33 seconds into the game… Montpellier conceded three more tries in the first half but answered twice. The second half was summed up in the Londoners’ siege of the Hérault goal line, which ended up cracking in the 76thme minute. But Marcus Smith, opening half of the Rosa’s fifteen, brilliant until then, failed the transformation, a failure that sealed the fate of the match.

the number: 6

The term “black beast” has never been more appropriate. Union Bordeaux-Bègles (UBB) lost its sixth consecutive game on Saturday (31-23) against La Rochelle. Reduced to 14 for fifty-five minutes after Ma’ama Vaipulu’s red card for a tackle without the ball on Jonathan Danty, Christophe Urios’s men exploded on their return from the locker room against the Marítimos, who fearlessly punctured their ticket to the quarter-finals. . With more than 60 points scored in two games, the last finalist of the event was too strong for the Girondins, who have suffered an eighth loss in their last nine games.

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