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Torrid Champions Cup Battle

It was not a great weekend for our players playing in the Champions Cup as their clubs suffered shock defeats. Only former Flying Fijian first five eight Isa Nacewa that
12 Dec 2016 12:31
Torrid Champions Cup Battle
Leone Nakarawa in action.

It was not a great weekend for our players playing in the Champions Cup as their clubs suffered shock defeats. Only former Flying Fijian first five eight Isa Nacewa that starred for Leinster in their win over Northampton who also fielded lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa.

 

Racing 92 suffer shock loss to Warriors

Reigning Top 14 champions Racing 92 with Leone Nakarawa, Joe Rokocoko and late substitute Albert Vulivuli suffered an upset 23-14 loss to Glasgow Warriors. Despite Juan Imhoff giving Racing an early 7-0 lead, Gregor Townsend’’s men were excellent in the first half and went into the break 13-7 in front via Alex Dunbar’’s try and two Finn Russell penalties.

Ali Price extended their buffer from close-range before Russell’’s effort off the tee effectively secured the victory for the Scottish outfit.

Racing did go over late on when Dan Carter touched down but it was a humbling afternoon for last season’s defeated finalists, who went down to a second successive reversal in the Champions Cup.

 

Yato scores as Clermont go down

Fiery Fijian flanker Peceli Yato scored a try for Clermont but it was not enough as they went down 39-32 to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium. The first half of the match was a fantastic advert for European rugby. Yato got the scoring underway for Clermont after just 69 seconds with Scott Spedding also scoring in the opening half for the visitors.

However, Luke Marshall, Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson scored tries sent Ulster into the break with the lead. The second half was equally exhilarating, as Marshall completed his brace early in the half before Chales Piatau looked to have killed the game off with a fifth try.

 

Ratuniyarawa’s Northampton go down

Fijian lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa toiled hard for Northampton when he came in as a replacement but it was not enough as they went down 37-10 to Leinster. Added to their woes was when Dylan Hartley was red carded just six minutes after coming on. Gary Ringrose got Leinster off to a perfect start, scoring after two minutes. This was the only try of the first-half but Ahsee Tuala scored for Saints just after the break to tie things up.

Sean O’Brien scored a try for the visitors 10 minutes later but the match swung on an incident that occurred straight after. England captain Hartley was sent off for swinging an arm at O’Brien, this incident coming under the gaze of England head-coach Eddie Jones. After this, tries from Rory O’Loughlin, Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa a former Flying Fijian secured an emphatic bonus-point win for the three-time winners. The win sees Leinster extend their lead atop Pool 4 to six points.


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