CHRIS FOY’S EUROPEAN VERDICT: Ollie Hassell-Collins Shines While Matteo Minozzi Has A Roar

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CHRIS FOY’S EUROPEAN VERDICT: Ollie Hassell-Collins shines in dramatic victory for London Irish, Waspen’s Matteo Minozzi suffers a painful roar … and Seb Davies shows off his offensive repertoire

  • There was a late attempt for London Irish Ollie Hassell-Collins in the Challenge Cup
  • Wasps were left to a blundered attempt during their tight defeat to Clermont
  • Seb Davies and Jamie George impressed this weekend for very different reasons
  • Edinburgh capitulated on Sunday in a smashing 56-3 defeat to Racing 92

There was dramatic action in the final round of matches in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

There was a late win for London Irish against Cardiff, several players starred as Edinburgh suffered a humiliating defeat to Racing 92.

Sportsmails Chris Foy gives his verdict on the weekend’s action and also names his team of the week.

London Irish secured a dramatic late victory in the European Challenge Cup against Cardiff

London Irish secured a dramatic late victory in the European Challenge Cup against Cardiff

OLLIE SHOW GOOD

The most dramatic match of the weekend came in the Challenge Cup when London Irish took a last sigh win over Cardiff.

They did this with a great long range shot as Ollie Hassell-Collins burst out of his own half to launch a dynamic attack that ended with Curtis Rona landing.

Ollie Hassell-Collins burst out of his own half to score the winning try for London Irish

Ollie Hassell-Collins burst out of his own half to score the winning try for London Irish

Ollie Hassell-Collins burst out of his own half to score the winning try for London Irish

EXPIRED MAGIC

Wasps got off to a great start against Clermont and Matteo Minozzi seemed to conjure up one of the best solo attempts of the season as he cut his way through midfield, shot forward, got back together and dived over the line.

But replays showed he spilled the ball in a tackle.

It was a painful roar.

Matteo Minozzi was left to rue who spilled the ball when he scored a try in defeat to Clermont

Matteo Minozzi was left to rue who spilled the ball when he scored a try in defeat to Clermont

Matteo Minozzi was left to rue who spilled the ball when he scored a try in defeat to Clermont

SEB’S BOOT-IFUL MOMENT

The clash between Ireland and Cardiff was awash with creativity, but one highlight was when visiting lock Seb Davies showed off the unexpected breadth of his offensive repertoire.

The former center galloped flawlessly, with one hand, then had the skill to give Josh Adams a precise cross-kick to score. Brilliant.

GEORGE IS SCREEN STAR

Jamie George was impressive as an expert BT Sport at the Wasps-Clermont match on Saturday.

The English Whore is yet another articulate and intelligent front row attacker – offering real insight and a natural, relaxed style on camera. Whenever he stops playing, a broadcast career beckons.

Jamie George made an impression as an expert during Wasps's game against Clermont on BT Sport

Jamie George made an impression as an expert during Wasps's game against Clermont on BT Sport

Jamie George made an impression as an expert during Wasps’s game against Clermont on BT Sport

PROPERTY WITH CLASS

Cheslin Kolbe was a star of the World Cup triumph in South Africa, and his electric race for Toulouse lights up the French and European club scene.

But he remains a down-to-earth figure, as he proved with a number of litters after the game to clear the Thomond Park field on Saturday.

SCOTS ‘GREAT COMEDOWN

Edinburgh capitulated to Racing 92 on Sunday – lost 56-3 and shipped seven tries.

Their Scotland contingent was back in Paris, nine days after they defeated France there, to undergo a grim comedown. Richard Cockerill, Edinburgh’s head coach, is coveted by wealthy French clubs and this may convince him it’s time to move on.

Racing 92 was utterly dominant in their round of 16 win over Edinburgh on Sunday

Racing 92 was utterly dominant in their round of 16 win over Edinburgh on Sunday

Racing 92 was utterly dominant in their round of 16 win over Edinburgh on Sunday

TEAM OF THE WEEK

K Matsushima (Clermont); T Thomas (Racing 92), G Moala (Clermont), L Botia (La Rochelle), K Earls (Munster); R Ntamack (Toulouse), A Dupont (Toulouse); B Harris (Wasps), C Chat (Racing 92), C Faumuina (Toulouse); W Skelton (La Rochelle), J Hill (Exeter); G Coombes (Munster), J Joseph (Racing), J Vermeulen (Exeter).

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