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Edinburgh's strong second-half display sees off Bath to book quarter-final spot

By PA
(Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Edinburgh produced a convincing second-half display to beat Bath 41-19 and book their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

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Bath had taken an early lead at the DAM Health Stadium through a try from Sam Underhill after just two minutes, before Edinburgh winger Emiliano Boffelli went over and then added a penalty.

Flanker Underhill had Bath on the scoresheet again in the 26th minute and although Blair Kinghorn also added another for Edinburgh, the English side took a slender 19-15 lead into half-time after Ben Spencer converted his own try.

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It was, though, one-way traffic following the start as further tries from loosehead Pierre Schoeman, Boffelli, Mark Bennett and Connor Boyle saw the United Rugby Championship side progress.

Northampton were left to count the cost of a 31-21 defeat to Gloucester at Kingsholm, where Courtney Lawes was forced off early on by a suspected hand injury and Dan Biggar was dismissed during the second half for a high tackle.

The Cherry and Whites raced into a 21-0 lead as Ollie Thorley, Val Rapava-Ruskin and Matias Alemanno all went over inside the opening 23 minutes.

However, converted tries from Juarno Augustus and Rory Hutchinson reduced the deficit to seven points at half-time.

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Gloucester extended their advantage again soon after the restart through a try from Santiago Socino.

Biggar was sent off in the 54th minute following a high challenge on Chris Harris, which could see him banned for upcoming Gallagher Premiership matches.

Mike Haywood added a third Northampton try, but there was no grandstand finish despite Gloucester replacement Alex Craig being shown a red card shortly before the full-time whistle for striking Alex Coles.

Toulon also progressed to the last eight with a strong finish as they saw off Benetton 36-17.

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Gabin Villiere and Charles Ollivon both scored first-half tries, before the Italian side rallied and briefly were level during the second half after converted efforts from Tommaso Menoncello and Monty Ioane.

However, the kicking of fly-half Louis Carbonel, who amassed 19 points, helped push Toulon on, before Jules Coulon added another try in the closing moments.

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