Wallabies abroad: Holmes, Exeter earn Anglo-Welsh Cup final berth

by Sam Phillips

The penultimate round of Six Nations action took centre stage in Europe at the weekend but there was still some club rugby played, too.

Here's how the Aussies abroad fared.

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Jesse Mogg's Montpellier flogged Racing 92 41-3, with Semi Radradra's Toulon putting on a similar show in their 54-5 win over Agen.

Pau, who had Ben Mowen starting at blindside flanker, staved off a strong La Rochelle second half to claim an 18-15 win.

Luke Jones shifted to the unusual position of openside flanker for Bordeaux as he lined up alongside Nick Frisby, Blair Connor and Ed Fidow, falling 26-20 to Mitch Inman, Curtis Browning and Oyonnax.

Luke Jones made a peculiar move to openside flanker for Bordeaux's clash with Oyonnax. Photo: AFPBoth Fidow and Inman crossed for tries.

Peter Betham's Clermont fell 9-3 to Brive in a dour affair but there was better news for Hugh Pyle, Paul Alo-Emile and Stade Francais, who were too good for Castres en route to a 23-17 win.

Liam Gill and Mike Harris took on Zack Holmes' Toulouse, the former pair claiming a 27-20 win as Harris again played a pivotal role with the kicking tee.


Greg Holmes got the nod at tighthead prop for Exeter, as they booked a birth in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final with a 20-17 win over Newcastle.

Cooper Vuna started on the left wing and Nathan Charles was at hooker for Bath as they faced Rob Horne's Northampton, the former set to face Exeter in the final after squeezing out a 13-12 win.