Leinster Rugby fly-half Johnny Sexton and back-row forward Jack Conan warmed up for the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals at the end of the month by scoring a try apiece as Ireland defeated France 26-14 in Dublin in the Six Nations Championship on Sunday.
Sexton, who has amassed 630 points in the European Cup, touched down in the first half and converted three of Ireland’s tries, while Conan – who scored tries in Rounds 4 and 5 against Bath Rugby and Toulouse – dotted down just before half-time.
Ulster Rugby captain Rory Best opened Ireland’s scoring inside two minutes with a try and will be hoping his province can make a similar start at the Aviva Stadium on March 30, when they travel to face Leinster in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
Toulouse wing Yoann Huget and Racing 92 hooker Camille Chat – who will face off in an all-French Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on March 31 – scored consolation tries for the visitors.
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On Saturday Racing fly-half Finn Russell kicked six points as Scotland succumbed to an 18-11 defeat to against Wales at BT Murrayfield, where Edinburgh Rugby wing Darcy Graham scored the host nation’s solitary try on his maiden Test start.
The 21-year-old – a try-scorer against RC Toulon and Montpellier in the Heineken Champions Cup – will be looking to earn a spot in Edinburgh’s quarter-final against Munster Rugby on March 30 at BT Murrayfield, live on Channel 4, Virgin Media, BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
Elsewhere, Saracens hooker Jamie George and lock George Kruis scored tries while fly-half Owen Farrell kicked 11 points as England cruised to a 57-14 victory over Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.
The trio will be hoping to feature when Saracens face Glasgow Warriors for the third time this season in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at Allianz Park on March 30, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.