With less than three weeks to go until the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals, Worcester Warriors wing Josh Adams underlined his readiness for the English club’s home tie against Harlequins on March 30 with his third Six Nations Championship try in four games for Wales on Saturday.
The No.11, who has one try from one appearance in the Challenge Cup this season, made no mistake when put clear down the left flank in the 12th minute at BT Murrayfield to help keep Wales on course for the Grand Slam with an 18-11 success.
Adams’ clubmate, centre Ben Te’o, also tasted international success on Saturday on his return to the England side, who overwhelmed Italy 57-14 at Twickenham.
In their absence, the Warriors put up a brave fight in the Gallagher Premiership before losing a thriller to leaders Exeter Chiefs 30-33 at Sixways Stadium.
Worcester secured a try bonus point via second-half scores from wings Bryce Heem and Tom Howe, flanker Ted Hill and full-back Chris Pennell, with Pennell’s coming in his testimonial match.
Don’t think we appreciate what @chris_pennell has done for this club at times but what a legend he is and how grateful I am to run out alongside him. Congrats again on your big day yesterday and what a game it was! Here’s to many more pens🙌🏼💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/iVdAkB5z3F
— Nicholas schonert (@NickSchonert) March 10, 2019
In contrast, Sale Sharks’ England flanker, Tom Curry, was able to celebrate club and international victories at the weekend, as Sale demolished Leicester Tigers 32-5 at home in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday.
The Sharks, who entertain Connacht Rugby on March 29, also notched a try bonus point, with lock Bryn Evans, wing Denny Solomona, prop Valery Morozov, No.8 Josh Beaumont and scrum-half Faf de Klerk all crossing the whitewash.
Meanwhile in the Gallagher Premiership game on Saturday between two Challenge Cup quarter-finalists who face trips to France, Bristol Bears squeezed home 26-24 in a dramatic match at Northampton Saints prior to their last-eight clash at La Rochelle on March 31.
An 86th minute try by centre Piers O’Conor followed by an Ian Madigan conversion earned the Bears their first win over Northampton since 2008, with lock Joe Batley, No.8 Jordan Crane and replacement Harry Randall also touching down.
🤝 Thanks to @SaintsRugby for the fantastic hospitality.
Best of luck for the remainder of the season 👍 pic.twitter.com/FQwl7YMOM6
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) March 9, 2019
Northampton, who travel to ASM Clermont Auvergne on March 31, registered a try bonus point as well with scores from wings Taqele Naiyaravoro and Ahsee Tuala, full-back George Furbank and scrum-half Cobus Reinach.