La Rochelle won their ticket to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup this Friday evening, winning 27-16 on English soil against Gloucester. At the same time, Montpellier won in the Challenge Cup against Glasgow (26-21).
La Rochelle saves the evening of French rugby in the Champions Cup. A few hours after the elimination of RC Toulon by a defeat on the green carpet against the Irish of Leinster, this Friday, the Stade Rochelais won its eighth-final against the English in Gloucester (27-16).
Not without difficulty, the second in the Top 14 was therefore able to confirm his status as favorite. A try from Dillyn Leyds in the 8th minute put the team on the right track, then a second from Arthur Retière (22nd) allowed a little safety mattress to be built. The English club, even if it plays the maintenance in its championship, was able to offer a tough opposition. The flattened Ruan Ackermann at the end of the first period also restarted the game, with a gap of only two points at half-time (13-15).
Jostled in the resumption, the Maritimes of Kevin Gourdon, elected man of the match, were able to take advantage of a yellow card inflicted on Lewis Ludlow in the ranks of the Cherry and Whites to take to the sea. Jules Plisson, entered on time, even made sure to put his people away for the last ten very hotly contested minutes.
At the same time, Montpellier, in bad shape in the league, also knew how to do the job in the Challenge Cup. The MHR dismissed Glasgow with a score of 26-21, thanks to two tries entered and a numerical superiority in the 59th minute.