Sunday saw some great matches in the second round of European Champions Cup matches.

Here is a summary of the matches played on Sunday…

Sale Sharks welcomed back their World Cup players and did the business against La Rochelle on Sunday beating them 25-15.

The Sharks were more in control of this match than what the scoreboard suggest with some great performances from their World Cup players.

There was a great South African flavour in this team with no less than seven South African players in the starting lineup.

Sale dominated the early part of the game and their first try came after just six minutes of domination. La Rochelle struggled to get a foot in the game.

Rohan Janse van Rensburg was at the end of a great short pass by MacGinty to put points on the board.

La Rochelle hit back immediately with Rattez who collected a ball and speed through a gab to score the french side first points.

It was a penalty from MacGinty that saw Sale take the lead before halftime.

The French side then were dealt a blow when Bourgarit was red carded for eye gouging after the TMO came into play.

James scored the visitors first points in the second half before Sale hit back with a penalty-try after Dany Priso collapsed a driving maul.
This resulted in Priso being yellow carded as well.
It was not a perfect performance from Sale but a win non the less and what was required.

Montpellier had to dig deep to grind out a 30-27 win over Gloucester on Sunday at the GGL Stadium.

The host got their noses in front early on with a penalty from Pailluague after 13 minutes. They extended their lead when Jan Serfortein collected a little stab through by Reilhac.

It took a while but Gloucester got into the game after 28 minutes when Twelvetrees kicked a penalty.

The game was swinging both ways with tries was by Caleb Timu, Nemani Nadolo and Callum Braley. But after all of that the host still led at the break.

Gloucester started the second half brilliantly when Banahan powered over the line.

Penalties between Twelvetrees and Pailaugue was the only points that followed as both teams fought to get the upper hand.

Joe Simpson scored a late try for a grandstand finish but it was not mend to be as Montpellier hold on for the win even though Jacques du Plessis was red carded.


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