Champions Cup

European Rugby Champions Cup

No more waiting in the wings for Edinburgh matchwinner Jaco van der Walt

One down, two to go. The maths on how Edinburgh can rescue their season remains much the same despite their weekend victory over Scarlets, and now attention has switched to this week’s game against Ulster with all the players knowing they have to win it – their first success in Llanelli since 2015 has bought them breathing space but no respite.

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Munster's Tadhg Beirne receives treatment' during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh. Picture: Gary Carr/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Aidan Smith: Rugby needs to stop copying football’s excesses

Ah, now it makes sense. Now I know why Tadhg Beirne, the most ridiculed man in rugby, crashed to the ground at Murrayfield last Saturday. He does this every 30 March. Look at his Twitter feed for the same day last year. There’s a photo of a smashed-up bed, struts everywhere, a right mess, and this was his whinge: “Always good when @Airbnb delivers … supposed to be 5 star #cantsleep.”

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Glasgow No 10 Adam Hastings is tackled by Saracens' Schalk Burger. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors sent crashing out by ruthless Saracens

Glasgow and Saracens have enjoyed some great ding-dong battles in the last couple of years but, sadly, Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final was not one of them. The Warriors peaked a little too early, enjoying almost total dominance for the opening two minutes by which time they had scored and converted the first try of the match thanks to Ali Price. After that, not so clever.

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Sam Johnson evades the clutches of Elliot Daly, George Ford and Ben Spencer as he crosses to score Scotland's sixth try against England at Twickenham. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Saracens v Glasgow: It’s not Calcutta Cup part 2, says Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson’s dramatic Calcutta Cup try two weeks ago, which saw him burst on to Finn Russell’s short pass near the halfway line to pierce England’s front-line defence and then power through four tackles from Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, Ben Spencer and George Ford to snatch an improbable 38-31 lead for Scotland, will follow the Australian-born centre for the rest of his career.

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