Ellis Genge, who helped Leicester Tigers reach the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals on their debut season in the competition, hit the headlines on Saturday as he led England to a 13-6 victory at BT Murrayfield with the only try of their Six Nations clash with Scotland.
The replacement prop, who made three appearances as Leicester headed Pool 5 to seal a last-eight tie with Castres Olympique on April 4, barged over on 69 minutes to enable England to regain the Calcutta Cup for the first time in three years.
Two other Challenge Cup quarter-finalists who made immediate impacts as replacements in the Six Nations Championship at the weekend were RC Toulon scrum-half Baptiste Serin and Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Matthieu Jalibert in France’s 35-22 win over Italy in Paris.
Serin, three times man of the match as Toulon claimed the No.1 seeding and a home tie with Scarlets on April 3, conjured a brilliant chip-and-chase on 73 minutes for a try that Jalibert converted.
The latter’s goal-kicking accuracy typified his form with the boot as Bordeaux-Begles finished first in Pool 3 to clinch a quarter-final against Edinburgh Rugby at Stade Chaban-Delmas on April 4. He is second top-scorer in the Challenge Cup with 62 points from five games.
Serin was one of two Toulon players among the France scorers on Sunday. The other was flanker Charles Ollivon, who is joint top try-scorer in the Six Nations Championship with three from two games after touching down in the 17th minute at the Stade de France.