Edinburgh Rugby and Bordeaux-Begles, joint top of Pool 3 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, warmed up for their Round 3 ties next Friday with superb domestic away wins against Heineken Champions Cup opposition at the weekend.
Edinburgh, who now face back-to-back matches against English club Wasps, secured their first success at Irish Independent Park since 2004 by squeezing home 18-16 against Munster Rugby, with Eroni Sau’s second-half try proving the difference.
Bordeaux-Begles snatched a 34-30 victory at Racing 92, where Semi Radradra followed his try in the 16-16 draw at Edinburgh in Round 2 with a brace in Paris to put his club in fine fettle for successive matches against TOP 14 rivals Agen.
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There were two other domestic wins for Challenge Cup sides over Heineken Champions Cup teams at the weekend.
In the Guinness PRO14, Cardiff Blues bounced back from their Round 2 loss at home to Leicester Tigers with a thrilling 31-28 victory at Benetton Rugby, where replacement Jason Harries clinched the win with an injury-time try to boost the Blues’ confidence for their Pool 5 back-to-backs with Pau.
In the Gallagher Premiership, Worcester Warriors tuned up for successive Pool 1 ties against Dragons with a 20-13 home win over Sale Sharks, with Duncan Weir’s 10 points from the boot proving decisive.
Elsewhere, Pool 2 leaders RC Toulon cruised to a 19-9 win at Pau, where Anthony Belleau continued his excellent goalkicking form with 14 points prior to consecutive ties against London Irish, who grabbed a 27-27 draw at Pool 4 front runners Bristol Bears via a late Stephen Myler penalty.
Meanwhile, Brive, locked on four points with Stade Francais Paris behind Bristol, edged a 26-21 home victory over the capital club.