RC Toulon and Leicester Tigers prepared for their European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals with hard earned victories over Lyon and Northampton Saints respectively. 

Toulon overcame Lyon 36-14 in what was a turbulent affair at the Stade Mayol, Lyon conceding three penalty tries and receiving five yellow cards. 

The game was balanced until 67th and 77th minute penalty tries settled matters – Facundo Isa adding a third secondhalf try as time expired. Toulon host Scarlets in the last eight. 

Leicester saw off Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalists Northampton Saints in a narrow 28-24 victory at Welford Road. 

Leicester’s Ben Youngs, on his 250th club appearance, scored an early try to set the Tigers on the way to victory as fly-half Zack Henry kicked five penalties and a drop goal in the win at Welford Road. 

In reply Saints notched three tries, Paul Hill and Henry Taylor touched down in the second half after a penalty try was awarded in the first period. 

Leicester’s last eight opponents Castres Olympique suffered a 22-16 defeat at the hands of Stade Français Paris in a closely contested affair at the Stade Pierre-Fabre. 

Benjamin Urdapilleta scored all 16 points – including one try – for Castres, but he was unable to match his kicking counterpart Nicolas Sanchez who kicked five penalties and converted Sekou Macalou’s first half try to earn the victory. 

Elsewhere, Bristol Bears lost out to Wasps in a 94-point try fest at the Ricoh Arena. Wasps ran in nine tries and wrapped up a bonus point within 20 minutes against a Bristol side that made 12 changes ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Dragons. 

Eight different try scorers touched-down for the hosts while Bears fly-half Max Malins dominated the scoring for Bristol – scoring two tries and kicking four conversions in an 18-point haul.