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Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Harlequins sting Wasps

It was a busy day of European action for the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides as eight of them mobilised with the group stages nearing their conclusion.

There were big wins for Exeter Chiefs, London Irish and Sale Sharks, whilst Northampton and Harlequins both caused upsets.

Here’s our rundown of the day’s European rugby.

Exeter Chiefs 41 Montpellier 10

Rob Baxter’s Exeter completed a double over French giants Montpellier to keep their European Champions Cup hopes alive, courtesy of a bonus-point win.

The home pack outmuscled their rivals all afternoon at Sandy Park and after a scoreless first quarter had the first try when Dave Ewers barged over.

Aaron Cruden kicked a 53rd-minute penalty and Nemani Nadolo grabbed a late try for the visitors, but it was Exeter’s day as Olly Woodburn notched a double to add to scores for Sam Simmonds, Nic White and Don Armand.

Harlequins 33 Wasps 28

This all-Aviva Premiership Rugby affair didn’t disappoint as Harlequins delivered a famous Champions Cup comeback that leaves Wasps on the brink of an exit from the competition.

With Harlequins’ hopes in Europe long gone, Wasps had more to play for in this game and it showed early on as Kyle Eastmond, Nizaam Carr and Ashley Johnson surged them into a 21-0 lead.

Brendan Macken secured the bonus point for Wasps after the break but from then on it was all Harlequins as Danny Care, Elia Elia and an 80th-minute James Chisholm effort consigned the visitors to defeat.

Northampton Saints 34 Clermont Auvergne 21

What a turnaround at Franklin’s Gardens! Alan Gaffney must surely be on cloud nine after his side claimed a five-try win over one of the best sides in Europe, Northampton’s…

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