Wasps underlined their EPCR Challenge Cup credentials as they snatched a 27-21 win at Gloucester Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

The game saw two sides who have confirmed their places in the Challenge Cup Round of 16 go head-to-head, and looked to be heading for a 21-21 draw until Wasps’ Dan Robson slotted a drop-goal and Jimmy Gopperth kicked a penalty.

Prior to that, Jacob Umaga, Gabriel Oghre and Charlie Atkinson had crossed for Wasps, who are dropping out of the Heineken Champions Cup, while Gloucester, who have qualified from Pool B with a game to spare, had got over through Kyle Moyle and notched a penalty try to level the scores.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons geared up for their Challenge Cup clash with Zebre Parma on Saturday by thrashing fellow Pool A side Worcester Warriors 45-10 at Sixways Stadium

Newcastle, who will overhaul Worcester and be in a strong position to reach the Round of 16 should they pick up a point against Zebre, scored tries through George Mcguigan, Adam Radwan, Louis Schreuder, Trevor Davison, Jamie Blamire and Brett Connon, who also kicked 15 points.

Perry Humphreys and Ted Hill dotted down for Worcester, who have completed all their pool stage games and need results to go their way to qualify for the knockout stage.

Northampton Saints, another side dropping into the Round of 16 place, triumphed 39-22 at home to Bristol Bears thanks to tries from Tom Collins (2), Rory Hutchinson, Lewis Ludlam and Tommy Freeman, as well as 14 points from the boot of Dan Biggar.

There was no such success for Bath Rugby, who lost 42-22 at Exeter Chiefs despite a try brace from Joe Cokanasiga and a further score from Josh Bayliss.

Three Challenge Cup outfits – Benetton Rugby, Cardiff Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby – fell to defeats in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday,

Pool C hopefuls Edinburgh succumbed 15-9 to Lions, while tries from Edoardo Padovani and Toa Halafihi weren’t enough for Pool B counterparts Benetton as they went down 21-17 at home to Connacht Rugby.

Josh Adams and James Botham crossed for Heineken Champions Cup drop-outs Cardiff as they were defeated 35-20 at Scarlets, with Jarrod Evans tallying 10 points from the tee.

In the TOP 14, RC Toulon ran out 43-10 winners at Lyon in what was a clash between two undefeated Challenge Cup teams.

Facundo Isa, Cheslin Kolbe, Julien Heriteau and Gabin Villière went over for Toulon, who have topped Pool A with a game to spare, while Louis Carbonel kicked 18 points. Baptiste Couilloud grabbed a consolation score for Lyon, who have sealed a first-place finish in Pool B.

Section Paloise emerged victorious from another all-Challenge Cup contest – the Pool C outfit recorded a 42-19 success at Pool A’s Biarritz Olympique.

Remi Sénéca, Clovis Le Bail, Eoghan Barrett, Lucas Rey and Antoine Hastoy dotted down for Pau, the latter of whom also kicked 17 points. Lucas Peyresblanques scored a try double in response for Biarritz, who were also awarded a penalty try.

Elsewhere, Gaëtan Barlot’s try helped confirmed Round of 16 team Castres Olympique overcome European champions Stade Toulousain 19-13 at Stade Pierre Fabre.

Pool C’s CA Brive grabbed tries through So’otala Fa’aso’o and Retief Marais but were comfortably beaten 41-10 at ASM Clermont Auvergne, while Tristan Tedder went over for Pool B’s USAP in a 23-13 home loss to Montpellier Hérault Rugby.