Challenge Cup turnaround: London Irish beat Cardiff Blues by death thanks to Curtis Ron try | Rugby Union news


The London Irish achieve a rush of late attempts to beat the Cardiff Blues, and Curtis Rona goes for the winner; The Irish will face Bath in the quarter-finals after Stuart Hooper’s team survived the fear against Zebra; Montpellier knocked out Glasgow because the Warriors were missing

Last updated: 02/04/21 22:51

Nick Phipps celebrates after the last whistle at Brentford Community Stadium

Nick Phipps celebrates after the last whistle at Brentford Community Stadium

Curtis Rona stole fourteen Londoners from the Irish in a final attempt with a dramatic 41-35 European Challenge Cup victory over the Cardiff Blues.

Jarrod Evans’ eradicated goal put the Blues back in the 35-34 lead with a passing time, but the Irish broke through the length of the pitch with a central Rhone finish.

Declan Kidney’s side were forced to play most of the second half with 14 men after the Will Goodrick-Clarke prop was ruled out.

But the Irish pulled the victory out of the bag with a rush of late attempts to book a quarter-final trip to the recreational field and oppose Bath.

Kristian Dacey, Josh Adams, Jason Harries and Lloyd Williams all crossed for Cardiff, and Evans-fly scored three conversions and two penalties to add to his late fall.

But Ollie Hassell-Collins scored two attempts for the Irish, who had both Ben Loader and Terrence Hepetem on the scoring list.

Five conversions and two penalties by former Irish flycatcher Paddy Jackson also proved crucial for the hosts.

Zebra Bath 27-35

Bath had previously established that last eight battle with the Irish fighting to defeat the Zebras in Italy.

Robbed Beno Obano, Anthony Watson and Jacques du Toit try to pull the blue-black-and-whites off the edge with a 35-27 victory over the Italians.

A hat trick for Pierre Bruno was the scorer, but the hosts failed to keep their return to Bath.

Joe Cokanasiga and Will Stuart also entered Batter from five attempts, which now transcend the last eight.

Paolo Pesetto posted two penalties to draw a tense final, but Bath played at home and Du Toit’s attempt proved crucial.

Montpellier 26-21 Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow fell to a 26-21 defeat away to Montpellier, who tried through Guilhem Guirad and Anthony Bouthier.

English national team player Alex Lozowski made both attempts and took four penalties for a personal score of 16 points in the Top 14 victory.

Adam Hastings took five penalties and Ross Thompson twice, while the Warriors were left to show a lack of attempts in France.


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