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European Champions Cup, Saturday Wrap – Clermont, Toulouse and Exeter advance to quarter finals

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There was three matches in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday starting with a nail-bitter between Wasp and Clermont.

Wasp can count themselves very unlucky in their match against Clermont on Saturday with a late try by the visitors that saw them snatch a 27-25 win.

It was the Japanese international Matsushima who scored the last try but their was some controversy over the try with the referee nor the TMO not seeing or reviewing a forward pass in the lead-up.

Wasp kept the lead for most of the match with tries by Paolo Odogwu, Josh Barrett and Ben Harris with Umaga adding some with the boot as well.

The home side got on the board with a try by Odogwu but that was quickly cancelled out by Bezy try. The visitors took the lead with Ravai getting over for his try.

Wasp led at the break 20-14 after Josh Barrett try and two penalties by Umaga.

Harris got over early in the second half but Clermont reduced the lead with two penalties from Lopez.

Wasp was reduced to 14 men with Kibirige send to the bin which then saw Matsushima getting over for that late try and a place for the French outfit in the quarter finals.

Scorers:

Wasps (20) 25
Tries: Odogwu, Bassett, Harris Cons: Umaga 2 Pens: Umaga 2
Clermont Auvergne (14) 27
Tries: Bezy, Ravai, Matsushima Con: Nani-Williams, Lopez 2 Pen: Lopez 2

Munster was knocked out of the Champions Cup by Toulouse after the French side showed their class in the second half.

Munster had a halftime lead with seven-points with two tries by Keith Earls. Toulouse points came from the boot of Toulouse.

Gavin Coombes scored twice in the second half but Matthis Lebel, Julien Marchand and two from Antoine Dupont gave Toulouse the win and a place in the quarter finals. 

This now setup a all French quarter final for them with Clermont.

Scorers:

Munster (16) 31
Tries: Earls 2, Coombes 2 Con: Carbery Pens: Carbery 2, Hanrahan
Toulouse (9) 40
Tries: Lebel, Marchand, Dupont 2 Cons: Ntamack 4 Pens: Ntamack 4

The current champions have made sure they advance to the quarter finals after beating Lyon 47-25 in their match on Saturday.

Lyon went into an early lead with two tries by Xavier Mignot and Baptiste Couilloud but two tries by Jonny Hill with O’Flaherty and Devoto saw them coming back in the match.

They were just too good for the French side in the second half pulling away on the scoreboard with tries by Dave Ewers and Olly Woodburn.

This victory setup for one of the most exciting quarter finals when they will meet PRO14 champions Leinster.

Scorers:

xeter (26) 47
Tries: Hill 2, O’Flaherty, Devoto, Ewers, Penalty, Woodburn Cons: J Simmonds 4, H Skinner
Lyon (20) 25
Tries: Couilloud, Mignot, Cretin Con: Wisniewski 2 Pen: Wisniewski 2

There are still three matches to come on Sunday with:

Racing 92 v Edinburgh

Bordeaux v Bristol

Scarlets v Sale Sharks

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