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European Challenge Cup Round-Up: Valiant effort as Exiles bow out

Winless London Welsh gave their fans reason for some cheer after a determined finish to the final game of their European adventure.

The Exiles went into their final European Rugby Challenge Cup pool game against Lyon Olympique with only pride to play for, but looked set for another forgettable afternoon when they trailed 10-0.

A converted try on the hour from Damien Fitzpatrick extended the deficit, but Welsh rallied with scores from James Lewis and Koree Britton in the final 15 minutes, eventually going down 12-17.

Meanwhile London Irish had secured a home quarter-final against Edinburgh 24 hours earlier, with a 34-6 victory over Rovigo.

Ofisa Treviranus helped himself to a hat-trick, with James Short and Topsy Ojo also dotting down to seal a bonus-point win.

And interim boss Glenn Delaney saved his praise for Irish’s Samoan flanker.

He said: “Ofisa has been very, very good for us over the last three or four weeks and he was outstanding again.

“He was rightly named man of the match and he deserved it. He put in a big shift and I couldn’t be more pleased for him.”

There were six different try scorers as Exeter Chiefs demolished Bayonne 45-3 to make sure of their home quarter-final against Newcastle Falcons, who enjoyed a 52-10 win at Bucharest Wolves.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said: “A home quarter-final is something we haven't experienced before in any of the European cups, so that will be fantastic for us.

“What we've got to hope now is that we can get a big crowd in here and put in a good performance that will potentially keep the European Challenge Cup alive for us for as long as possible.”

And free-scoring Gloucester Rugby completed Pool Five with a 100 per cent record, following their 31-20 demolition of Brive on Thursday.

A penalty try, plus scores from Matt Kvesic, Dan Robson and Tom Savage ensured they passed the 200-point barrier for their six European encounters.

Gloucester will face Irish province Connacht in the last eight.

SUNDAY
 
London Welsh 12 Lyon 17
 
London Welsh
Tries: Lewis, Britton
Conversion: Roberts
 
Lyon
Tries: Regard, Munro, Fitzpatrick
Conversion: Munro
 
Referee: Vlad Iordachescu
Attendance: 3,221

SATURDAY
 
Rovigo 6 London Irish 34

Rovigo
Penalties: Basson 2

London Irish
Tries: Treviranus 3, Short, Ojo
Conversions: Geraghty 3
Penalties: Geraghty

Referee: Gary Conway
Attendance: 1,510

Bucharest Wolves 10 Newcastle Falcons 52

Bucharest Wolves
Tries: Dascalu
Conversions: Statulescu
Penalties: Statulescu

Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Vickers 2, Socino 2, Tait 2, Penalty, Davies
Conversions: Catterick 6

Referee: Neil Hennessey
Attendance: 300

Exeter Chiefs 45 Bayonne 3

Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Nowell, Jess, Ewers, Rimmer, Horstmann, Mumm
Conversions: Steenson 3
Penalties: Slade 3

Bayonne
Penalties: Bustos Moyano

Referee: Andrew McMenemy
Attendance: 8,830

THURSDAY

Brive 20 Gloucester 31
 
Brive
Tries: Penalty, Acquier
Conversions: Swanepoel, Bezy
Penalties: Swanepoel 2
 
Gloucester
Tries: Savage, Robson, Penalty, Kvesic
Conversions: Hook 4
Penalties: Hook
 
Referee: Dudley Phillips
Attendance: 3,000

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