EPCR Challenge Cup Pool A side Glasgow Warriors defeated fellow Scottish side Edinburgh Rugby 16-10 in their Friday night United Rugby Championship (URC) clash.
Glasgow led 10-0 at the break, with flanker Jack Dempsey powering through the Edinburgh defence to score the game’s first points in the 29th minute, George Horne converting the extras and following up with a penalty just before half-time.
Marshall Sykes got the visitors to Scotsctoun back into the game in the 59th minute, but two penalties from Tom Jordan ensured Glasgow were out of sight of their rivals and secured the win.
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Meanwhile Connacht Rugby nearly secured a famous comeback at home against Ulster Rugby; having been down 19-3, Caolin Blade, Jarrad Butler and Adam Byrne all crossed for the Irish province.
But fly-half Jack Carty missed two conversions and dragged a last-minute kick wide which would have earned the Pool A club a draw, but they instead fell to a 22-20 defeat.
EPCR Challenge Cup debutants Emirates Lions were also in action, losing 37-10 to Cell C Sharks, Edwill Van Der Merwe scoring their only try.
In the TOP14, a rare Thursday match saw a replay of the 2022 EPCR Challenge Cup final with RC Toulon hosting Lyon, the home side defeating the 2022 champions. On Friday, an all-EPCR Challenge Cup affair between Section Paloise and Aviron Bayonnais ended in a 22-all draw, while CA Brive beat ASM Clermont Auvergne 20-16. USAP lost to Montpellier Hérault Rugby 38-10.