Challenge Cup

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Allan Massie: Why Irish success comes as no great surprise

There are some things one is never likely to see on the rugby field again, the old foot-rush for instance, with three or four forwards keeping the ball under close control and even passing it to each other. Players would spend hours practising the dribble, but nobody, I would guess, is likely to do that again. Just occasionally, however, something that used to be common is surprisingly sprung on us.

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Blair Kinghorn tries to make a break through the Cardiff defence. Picture: SNS/SRU

Edinburgh focus on ‘cup final’ to come

Dreams of Bilbao may have been swept away at a freezing BT Murrayfield on Saturday night but Edinburgh are now focusing on a “cup final” this Friday which they hope will mean the competition they exited is not one they will be returning to next season.

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Edinburgh's late try-scorer Junior Rasolea drives forward against Stade Francais. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Edinburgh 34-33 Stade: Capital side seal home quarter-final

It may be Europe’s second-tier tournament but it provided first-rate entertainment and drama at BT Murrayfield. A home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup was sealed in nail-biting fashion as a late Junior Rasolea try saw Richard Cockerill’s side finally fend off a spirited showing from Stade Francais.

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