Wallabies abroad: Aussies fall short of Champions Cup glory

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Aussies chasing European Champions Cup glory overseas have failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Kurtley Beale stepped out for Wasps but they fell to Leinster 32-17 in their quarter-final.Kurtley Beale puts Willie le Roux through a hole. Photo: Getty ImagesBeale could not get his team over the line despite setting up what looked to be a certain try for Willie le Roux.

The South African flyer failed to capitalise on the brilliant line break in one of the bloopers of the season, diving over the line and losing the ball.

Liam Gill and Drew Mitchell started for Toulon but they were unable to overcome Clermont, who kept the French giants try-less in their 29-9 win.

In the other two quarter-finals, Munster beat Toulouse 41-16 and defending champs Saracens reached their fifth successive semi with a 38-13 win over Glasgow, marking their 16th straight win.

European Champions Cup semi-finals:

 April 22 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Munster (IRL) v Saracens (ENG)  

April 23 at Matmut Stadium de Gerland, Lyon

ASM Clermont Auvergne (FRA) v Leinster (IRL) 

May 13 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh



Will Genia's Stade Francais snuck home despite a red card. Photo: Getty ImagesWill Genia and Hugh Pyle featured in Stade Francais' 25-21 win, overcoming a red card to winger Josaia Raisuqe to book a semi-final berth.

Genia starred in the win and was named man of the match, while Pyle snagged a rare intercept to set up Julien Arias' try.

Paul Alo-Emile also came off the bench in the win.

Ben Tapuai's Bath were similarly successful, beating Brive 34-20.

European Challenge Cup semi-finals:

April 22 at Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

La Rochelle (FRA) v Gloucester (ENG)

April 23 at Stade Jean Bouin, Paris 

Stade Francais (FRA) v Bath (ENG)


May 12 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh