Leinster Rec Bath’s chances
Holders Leinster gained a priceless away victory and severely dented Bath’s Champions Cup hopes by claiming an intense 17-10 victory at the Rec.
Wing Jordan Larmour’s interception try early in the second half meant Leinster shaded a tight Pool 1 encounter.
Bath delivered arguably their best display of a disappointing season so far, but they were undone after taking the lead through prop Henry Thomas’ 22nd-minute try that James Wilson converted, with Wilson adding a late penalty to secure a losing bonus point.
Hooker Sean Cronin hauled Leinster level just before the interval, and with Johnny Sexton converting both tries and Ross Byrne kicking a late penalty, Leinster went top of their group.
Bath are drifting towards an early exit, having failed to win any of their first three European games.
Elsewhere, Exeter’s hopes of European glory were almost extinguished as they crashed to a surprise 27-19 defeat at the hands of Gloucester at Sandy Park.
The defeat left Exeter without a win in their first three European matches and leaves them rooted to the bottom of Pool 2.
Gloucester were deserved winners with tries from Willi Heinz, Jaco Visagie and Ben Morgan. Danny Cipriani kicked two penalties and two conversions with Billy Twelvetrees adding a conversion. Exeter’s tries came from Nic White, Tom Lawday and Don Armand.
Glasgow kept their hopes of Heineken Champions Cup progression alive with a crucial 42-22 bonus-point victory over Lyon.
Dave Rennie’s men were impressive and deserved winners as George Horne and Adam Hastings ran the show from half-back in a five-try display.
Try as he might: Sean Cronin (l).