Challenge Cup: Gloucester, Edinburgh and Toulon beat Northampton, Bath and Benetton to book quarter-final spots

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Gloucester booked their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals as they won 31-21 against Northampton Saints in their clash at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Compounding Northampton‘s loss was Courtney Lawes being forced off with a suspected hand injury while Dan Biggar was then red carded for a high tackle.

The Cherry and Whites shot out of the blocks and were 21-0 ahead thanks to Ollie Thorley, Val Rapava-Ruskin and Matias Alemanno’s tries inside 23 minutes.

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However, converted tries from Juarno Augustus and Rory Hutchinson reduced the deficit to seven points at half-time.

Gloucester extended their advantage again soon after the restart through a try from Santiago Socino.

Biggar was sent off in the 54th minute following a high challenge on Chris Harris, which could see him banned for upcoming Premiership matches.

Mike Haywood added a third Northampton try, but there was no grandstand finish despite Gloucester replacement Alex Craig being shown a red card shortly before the full-time whistle for striking Alex Coles.

Edinburgh impress as they knock out poor Bath

Edinburgh produced a convincing second-half display to beat Bath 41-19 as they also booked their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Bath had taken an early lead at the DAM Health Stadium through a try from Sam Underhill after just two minutes, before Edinburgh wing Emiliano Boffelli went over and then added a penalty.

Flanker Underhill had Bath on the scoresheet again in the 26th minute and although Blair Kinghorn also added another for Edinburgh, the English side took a slender 19-15 lead into half-time after Ben Spencer converted his own try.

It was, though, one-way traffic following the start as further tries from loosehead Pierre Schoeman, Boffelli, Mark Bennett and Connor Boyle saw the United Rugby Championship side progress.

Toulon move into last-eight at expense of Benetton

Finally, Toulon progressed to the quarter-finals with a strong finish as they saw off Benetton 36-17.

France internationals Gabin Villiere and Charles Ollivon both scored first-half tries, before the Italian side rallied and briefly were level during the second half after converted efforts from Tommaso Menoncello and Monty Ioane.

However, the kicking of fly-half Louis Carbonel, who amassed 19 points, helped push Toulon on, before Jules Coulon added another try in the closing moments.

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