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Watch: Tuilagi Shows Power For Epic Try

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Saturday Apr 16, 2022

Round two of the Heineken Champions Cup Last-16 knockouts got underway yesterday with both ties hanging in the balance.

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First up four-time champions Leinster welcomed Connacht to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Heading into the fixture Leinster had a five-point head start courtesy of their 26 – 21 win in Galway a week earlier.

Despite starting out the better of the two sides, Connacht felt the full power of what an in-form Leinster can bring to the table as they succumbed to a 56 – 20 loss.

For Leinster the win sets up a likely Quarter-final clash with an in-form Leicester Tigers who thrashed Top14 giants Clermont Auvergne 29 – 10 in round one.

In the second fixture of the bank holiday weekend, Sale Sharks and Bristol Bears met at Ashton Gate in Bristol. Following a tetchy and close affair in round one, the Bears came into the game with a one-point advantage.

Despite this one-point advantage and being at home the Bears couldn’t come close to Sale who despite being a man down for a large junk of the contest came away with a deserved 35 – 29 victory.

Both sides scored some scintillating tries but none more so than this one from the Sharks. Following a high hanging kick-off from Robert Du Preez to start the second half, Bristol got their jump slightly off which saw the ball fall into the hands of Manu Tuilagi.

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The England centre showed once again why he is so crucial to both his club and countries success as he barged his was forward before popping up a slick offload to a charging Jean-Luc Du Preez who in turn found winger Tom Roebuck for the score.

The away side’s victory sets up a clash with either Racing92 or Stade Francais depending on today’s result.

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