Challenge Cup: Toulon overcome battling Bath while Cardiff run rampant against Newcastle

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Toulon made sure of their passage into the last-16 of the Challenge Cup following a 35-23 triumph over Bath at Kingsholm.

The match was due to be played at the Rec on Saturday but it was moved to Gloucester’s home ground after rain-soaked conditions made it unsafe for players, coaches and spectators.

Toulon initially handled the disruption the better as they scored twice through Thomas Salles and a penalty try.

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Bath reduced the gap to 15-8 with an Orlando Bailey penalty and a Matt Gallagher try before Cheslin Kolbe went over for the French visitors.

A second Gallagher try and a fine score from Ted Hill moved Bath to within five points.

But the boot of Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, who added 11 points to Adrien Warion’s bonus-point try, saw Toulon home and lifted them to second spot in Pool A.

Bath drop out of the top six and must win their final game in Glasgow on Friday to keep round of 16 hopes alive.

Cardiff qualify for last-16 after dominant win over Newcastle

Cardiff eased into the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup by beating 14-man Newcastle Falcons 42-10 in front of the returning Warren Gatland.

The Wales head coach names his Six Nations squad on Tuesday, and was given plenty of food for thought at the Arms Park.

Owen Lane (2), Lloyd Williams, Rhys Carre, Josh Adams and Harri Millard crossed, with Rhys Priestland converting all six tries.

Newcastle were trailing 21-3 just before the break when Elliott Obatoyinbo was sent off for a high tackle.

Cardiff are now top of Pool A and within a win of securing a home tie in the next knockout round.

Newcastle remain bottom of the section without a single point, yet could still progress by beating Connacht next week.

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