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Glasgow show resilience to claim victory over Perpignan in Challenge Cup

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Josh McKay claims a loose ball for Glasgow.Photo by Steve Welsh/PA Images via Getty Images

Glasgow made it two victories from two as they saw off a second-half comeback from Perpignan to claim a 26-18 Challenge Cup win.

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Tries from Rufus McLean and Huw Jones helped establish a 14-5 lead at the interval.

However, when Lucas Dubois touched down on the hour, the visitors – assisted by a couple of penalties from Dorian Laborde – edged ahead 15-14.

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But a yellow card for Tristan Labouteley handed the advantage to the home side and they retook the lead courtesy of a penalty try.

Another Laborde kick reduced the deficit but Sebastian Cancelliere, a minute from the end, safeguarded the result and secured a bonus point.

Connacht are in pole position for a place in the knockout stages after their 31-24 bonus-point win against 14-man Brive.

First-half tries from David Hawkshaw, Tom Daly and Diarmuid Kilgallen – after Abraham Papali’i was sent off for a head-on-head collision after just 23 minutes – was followed by Shane Delahunt’s score to make it six wins from their last eight games in all competitions.

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Flanker Francke Horn scored a pair of tries in Emirates Lions’ first victory – a 30-12 win over Stade Francais.

Horn dived over in the corner for his first try before breaking clear to crash over for a second and with Jordan Hendrikse converting both.

Scrum-half James Hall got the visitors on the scoreboard on the stroke of half-time to make it 20-5 at the break.

But Lions full-back Andries Coetzee crossed with 15 minutes remaining after latching onto a superb long pass to restore the 20-point advantage and Ruan Smith’s try made sure of the bonus point.

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The AI advantage: How the next two Rugby World Cups will be won

If rugby wants to remain interesting in the AI era then it will need to work on changing the rules. AI will reduce the tactical advantage of smart game plans, will neutralize primary attacking weapons, and will move rugby from a being a game of inches to a game of millimetres. It will be about sheer athleticism and technique,about avoiding mistakes, and about referees. Many fans will find that boring. The answer is to add creative degrees of freedom to the game. The 50-22 is an example. But we can have fun inventing others, like the right to add more players for X minutes per game, or the equivalent of the 2-point conversion in American football, the ability to call a 12-player scrum, etc. Not saying these are great ideas, but making the point that the more of these alternatives you allow, the less AI will be able to lock down high-probability strategies. This is not because AI does not have the compute power, but because it has more choices and has less data, or less-specific data. That will take time and debate, but big, positive and immediate impact could be in the area of ref/TMO assistance. The technology is easily good enough today to detect forward passes, not-straight lineouts, offside at breakdown/scrum/lineout, obstruction, early/late tackles, and a lot of other things. WR should be ultra aggressive in doing this, as it will really help in an area in which the game is really struggling. In the long run there needs to be substantial creativity applied to the rules. Without that AI (along with all of the pro innovations) will turn rugby into a bash fest.

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