Wasps and Lyon advance to Challenge Cup semis
CHALLENGE CUP WRAP: No.8 Alfie Barbeary’s late try sent Wasps through to the European Challenge Cup semifinals with a 34-30 win at Edinburgh on Saturday.
The 2003 winners will play Lyon in the last four next weekend after the French club beat Glasgow 35-27.
After an open first half in the Scottish capital, the hosts led 17-10 thanks to scores for Ben Vellacott and Adam McBurney, while Jimmy Gopperth responded for the English outfit.
With less than 10 minutes to play the sides were level at 27-27 before Argentina fullback Emiliano Boffelli kicked a penalty to give Edinburgh a three-point lead.
Barbeary’s key intervention came with three minutes remaining as he crashed over from a short-range pick-and-go to send Wasps into their first European semifinal since 2016.
Lyon overturned a 13-27 deficit early in the second half of their last-four clash with three tries in the final 34 minutes to break Glasgow hearts.
On Friday, Saracens hammered fellow English club Gloucester 44-15 to book their place in the next round.
The three-time European champions will face either Toulon or London Irish who meet in the fourth quarterfinal on Sunday in the south of France.
The scores and scorers:
Edinburgh 30-34 Wasps
Tries: Vellacott, McBurney, Bradbury
Cons: Boffelli 3
Pens: Boffelli 3
Tries: Gopperth, Alo, West, Barbeary
Cons: Gopperth 4
Pens: Gopperth 2
Lyon 35-27 Glasgow Warriors
Tries: Couilloud, R Taofifenua, Niniashvilli 2
Cons: Berdeu 2, Doussain
Pens: Berdeu 3
For Glasgow Warriors:
Tries: McKay, Forbes, Penalty Try
Cons: Thompson 2
Pens: Thompson 2