Wallabies abroad: Fardy into Champions Cup semis

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by Beth Newman

Scott Fardy’s Leinster toppled reigning Champions Cup winners Saracens in their quarter-final overnight.

Fardy, who has been playing almost exclusively lock in Ireland, switched to blindside flanker for Leinster in the big win.

Former Wallabies winger Peter Betham scored a try for Clermont, while lock Sitaleki Timani came off the bench as the French side fell short of a rampaging Racing 92 side.

The Champions Cup semi-finals will kick off on the weekend of Friday April 20, with Leinster meeting Scarlets and Racing 92 taking on Munster in the final four.


Leinster 30 - Saracens 12

Scarlets 29 - La Rochelle 17

Munster 20 - Toulon 19

Clermont 17 - Racing 92 28 


Former Wallabies hooker James Hanson crossed for a try for Gloucester as they booked a spot in the Challenge Cup semi-final, beating Connacht 33-28.

Three yellow cards were dished out in the clash, two for Gloucester and one for Connacht’s Aussie Jarrad Butler.

Ben Mowen played at six for Pau, as the French side ended the reign of Stade Francais in their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Pau will take on Cardiff in their semi-final, while Gloucester will meet Newcastle in the opposite side of the draw, on the weekend of Friday April 20.


Newcastle 25 - Brive 10

Pau 35 - Stade Francais 32

Connacht 28 - Gloucester 33

Edinburgh 6 - Cardiff 20