Defending champions Wasps edged closer to the European Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling, hard-fought 25-24 win over highly-fancied French outsiders Clermont on Saturday.
Wasps lost 37-27 to Clermont last weekend, but the French outfit initially struggled to contain the Danny Cipriani-inspired Londoners whose free-running style of attack gave them a 22-3 lead at the break.
Live-wire Irish scrum-half Eoin Reddan opened the scoring for Wasps, pouncing on a mistake by counterpart Pierre Mignoni.
England wingers Tom Voyce and Paul Sackey added two more in a pulsating first half, the latter a length-of-the-field move that featured great hands by Cipriani and center Fraser Waters, with Clermont notching up an Alex King penalty.
But Clermont responded in the second period with two tries from wingers Aurelien Rougerie, with an 80m interception, and Vilimoni Delasau, who sprinted in from 90m.
Former Wasps stalwart King converted both while Cipriani missed a penalty.
A late Cipriani penalty sealed the victory but Emmanuel Etien's try in injury time gave Clermont a precious bonus point.
In Wales, Cardiff Blues pulled off a shock 31-21 win over Stade Francais, denying the Parisian club a vital defensive bonus point and moving into top spot in Pool 3.
Cardiff scored three tries through James Robinson, Tom James and man-of-the-match Paul Tito.
Rookie outside-half Dai Flanagan kicking 16 points to secure victory in the tight pool that also includes Bristol and winless Harlequins.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by