Benetton will return home to Toulon captained by Sergio Paris, while Franco Smith’s Glasgow Warriors side fly on the wings of enthusiasm.
The Challenge Cup Quarter-Final weekend has come to an end, as Benetton secured historic access to the semi-finals by defeating Cardiff 27-23 in Monego. In two weeks, on the weekend between 28 and 30 April, there will be the semi-finals, and the green and whites will face Toulon, which is perhaps the main candidate for the Cup among the four. The French team beat Lyon 48-23 in a rematch of the 2022 final.
The match between Toulon and Benetton will also be a rematch of last year’s round of 16, when Bortolami’s side had already given the impression they could pull off the feat for 70 minutes, then Carbonell’s kicks and Colón’s final goal were drilled into a negative too heavy and undeserved for what The Lions showed it: that 36-17, however, is water under the bridge, because Benetton seems to have taken it one step further in terms of quality and maturity, and has all the makings of being played at home by Parisse and his companions.
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The Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors would face each other in the other semi-final: the Welsh side were the surprise end of the cup at the weekend, eliminating Claremont who on paper looked wide favorites 32-30. Franco Smith’s Warriors, on the other hand, are already flying, after a fourth-place finish in the URC – well-deserving of the opportunity to play the Quarter-Final on home soil – and they also beat the Challenger Semi-Final by defeating the South African Lions 31-21.
Challenge Cup: Results and quarter-final highlights
Benetton Rugby vs Cardiff: 27 – 23
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Toulon vs Lyon 48 – 23
Glasgow Warriors vs Emirates Lions: 31-21
Scarlets vs ASM Clermont Auvergne: 32 – 30
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