We take a look back at all of the local and European rugby action that took place this past weekend.
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Currie Cup wins for WP, Sharks and Lions in round three
With the log-leading Bulls threatening to pull away on the standings, the Sharks’ 32-29 victory in Durban has reined them in somewhat. Jake White’s side sit five points clear of the next-best Sharks, albeit having played a game more, and will be favourites to finish top with a relatively straightforward run in that includes away trips to Kimberley and Nelspruit with a home fixture against the Lions and a bye sandwiched in between. The Durbanites mostly had Curwin Bosch and his freakishly accurate boot to thank for the result, though they would probably still have liked to have controlled proceedings a lot better throughout the full 80.
Elsewhere, Western Province weathered another stoic Pumas showing to come away with a 28-14 win at Newlands, while the Golden Lions made an inexperienced Cheetahs outfit pay at the Toyota Stadium, thumping the hosts 39-23.
Champions Cup bonus-point wins for Leinster, Wasps in Pool A
Leinster’s 35-14 win over Montpellier and Wasps’ 24-8 victory against Dragons means they lead the way in Pool A after the opening round of the Champions Cup. Wasps were helped in part after as many as six Dragons players were withdrawn on matchday following a Covid outbreak, but still did well to cross over for their four tries. The reigning Pro14 champions were far too good for Xavier Garbajosa’s men and, as usual, scored tries with effortless ease.
There were also Pool A wins for Toulon, La Rochelle, Scarlets and Bordeaux who all sit behind Leinster and Wasps on four log points.
Clermont, Lyon and Exeter claim big wins in Pool B
Clermont beat Bristol 51-38, Lyon klapped Gloucester 55-10 and Exeter totally dismantled Glasgow 42-0 in the pick of round one action from Pool B. Along with Toulouse and Racing 92, these sides have all grabbed the possible five log point on offer to ensure round two will be even more fiercely competitive. And, with Toulouse hosting Exeter on Sunday, we won’t have to wait long for another potentially tournament-shaping fixture.
Munster were the only other Pool B team to grab a W, beating Harlequins 21-7 albeit failing to collect a bonus point.
Written by Shaun Goosen.